Celebrating with Kindness

Lifes most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?’” Martin Luther King.

More than 50 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. continues to influence us. Known for spreading the word of peace and kindness for all, he inspires people to challenge themselves, their kids, and their grandkids to spread kindness and pay it forward. One of my favorite activities when I was still teaching was to share this MLK quote: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” After discussion, I gave each of my students a small amount of cash and challenged them to see how big of an impact they could make with it. 

One student, an animal lover, bought dog food. She and her mom dropped it off at the Baraboo animal shelter. It grew into her volunteering there. Another student bought a gift and brought it over to an elderly neighbor. The visit grew into a relationship; one that brought happiness to both the child and the lonely neighbor.

Random acts of kindness can involve money, but they don’t need to. I have a friend who donated 12 inches of her lovely hair to an organization that provides wigs for kids with cancer.

Below is a sampling of other opportunities to spread kindness.

Specific to the Dells area

  1. Join a service club such as Kiwanis (contact me at laundrie@live.com for details) or Rotary ((608) 254-9338) 
  2. Volunteer with The Happy Kids Network Team at the The Market, located in the Wisconsin Dells High School. Contact them at wdfits@gmail.com.
  3. Donate cash or products or organize a food drive or toiletries drive to benefit Happy Kids Network and The Market.

Nonspecific

  1. Compliment someone
  2. Leave a treat for the mailman
  3. Buy a coffee or a gift card for the person behind you in line
  4. Make baked goods for your neighbors
  5. Donate to St. Vincent’s de Paul. (Check their hours first.)
  6. Leave a 50% or more tip
  7. Pay for a stranger’s meal
  8. Open the door for someone
  9. Offer to shovel for your neighbor
  10. Send a handwritten thank-you letter to a doctor, nurse, or teacher who has gone above and beyond
  11. Let someone go before you in line
  12. Buy groceries for a family in need
  13. Send a heartfelt card to someone who might need a lift
  14. Pay the adoption fee for a rescue animal
  15. Donate books to the library
  16. Walk a neighbor’s dog
  17. Present someone with a bouquet
  18. Treat your family to a day with no complaining
  19. Call a friend and ask how they’re doing
  20. Offer to pick up groceries
  21. Double a recipe and share
  22. Return someone’s cart for them at the store
  23. Tuck dollar bills at random spots at stores such as Dollar Tree.
  24. Smile at someone

We make a positive impact on our community and the world through our connections to others. Those connections might be as simple as extending a smile or a kind word. Martin Luther King said that although we face difficulties of today and tomorrow, he still had a dream. Here’s hoping that in the coming days and weeks, we can spread kindness and help his dream come true.

6 Replies to “Celebrating with Kindness”

Thanks so much for the great reminder, Amy! Kindness with a capital K!

You’re welcome, Sue. Wishing you well.

Gayle Ann Rosengren

What a gentle, much-needed reminder of how we can impact our world in small ways that make big differences. Love it!

Thanks for reading and for the comment, Gayle. As you pointed out, small gestures such as kind comments can have a huge impact.

Sandra Nichols

A beautiful reminder that each can make an impact no matter how small. Thanks.

Thanks for reading, Sandi, and here’s hoping lots of kindness comes your way.

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