Random Acts of Kindness
I am on the Dave Ramsey plan to help me budget, pay off debt, and save money for my future. If you have ever read or listened to Dave Ramsey, you know he is an advocate for charitable givings. He recommends giving 10% of your income to charity. I think that’s admirable and I hope to build up to 10% someday soon, but for now, that idea has inspired me to create this bi-monthly series of Random Acts of Kindness. This week I am sharing the different ways that Elle and I have completed Random Acts of Kindness to help make someone else’s day a little bit happier.
Go here to find out what we did for last week’s Random Acts of Kindness!
We hope through this series, we can inspire others to jump on the bandwagon, and do kind things for other people.
This week, I had the opportunity to help teach Elle about fundraising for a very worthy cause. Her preschool is doing a Trik-a-Thon to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and to also teach young children bicycle safety. It’s a pretty fun program, both educational for Elle, and the money raised goes to help save the lives of children. You can read more about it here. We donated $50 to start the fundraiser, and with the help of our family and friends, we have raised $135 so far.
It is very important for me to raise Elle to have a big heart and to care about others. Activities like this are great practice!
Positive Messages on Social Media
I think we all have those friends who can be Debbie Downers. While I think there is nothing wrong with venting, I think negativity can breed and is generally unproductive. This week, I made it a point to post a positive note or message on my personal Facebook page, as well as my Homemade for Elle Facebook page.
Saying Thanks to Lunch Ladies
I was brainstorming with my mom on Random Acts of Kindness, and she came up with the idea of saying thanks to the cafeteria workers at the high school where she teaches. They are on their feet all day, creating meals for our children, working for minimum wage. It’s been a long time since I worked in the food industry, but I remember how labor-intensive and exhausting it can be. We found these character Easter Eggs at Walgreens and filled them with money and a note of gratitude.
It turns out, there are 22 cafeteria workers at the school where my mom teaches. I thought there were only 12, and we had planned to split the expense, so when we put together this project, I erroneously only gave her enough money for 5 or 6 eggs! Since we under budgeted, my mom threw in the rest of the money to fill all 22 eggs, to make sure no one was left out. I am very happy and proud of her generosity!!
My mom enlisted the help of 4 students and a custodian to help deliver the eggs. While I wasn’t there to see how it all happened (I’m sure they don’t want a woman wandering the hallways of a school that her child doesn’t attend…), my mom said that it was all well received. The cafeteria workers were delighted, and were inquiring on where to write a thank-you note 🙂 My mom, the students and the custodian all had a blast putting together the Random Act of Kindness!
It’s been about a month since the eggs were delivered, and my mom received (via the custodian, who was in on it) a Thank You letter from all of the cafeteria workers!
They also gave homemade cookies to all 88 employees as a #RandomActofKindness in return!!
Kindness is cyclical. You put it out there, and it inspires others to be kind, and pass it on. Things like this absolutely make my day 🙂
So that winds up this week’s Random Acts of Kindness! I hope you’ll join me and find your own Random Acts of Kindness to do this week 🙂