Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Save the date: 43 acts of kindness

Steve's 43rd birthday is next Friday, Nov. 4. Cooper, Katie and I have talked about how we want to celebrate, and we need your help.

We're hoping that a few of you will pitch in and perform acts of kindness wherever you are. Our goal is 43 acts of kindness throughout the day, Nov. 4, in memory of Steve.

Here are some of ideas we've talked about, though I know you all can come up with even better ideas, specific to your community or situation.

  • Walk through your neighborhood early in the morning, pick up newspapers thrown on lawns and place on front steps instead
  • Tape a few quarters to a vending machine to help buy someone else's snack or drink
  • Buy coffee for the car behind you at Starbucks
  • Rake and bag leaves for a neighbor
  • Let someone (or a couple of someones) go in front of you in the grocery store line
  • Find a busy location at lunch and hold the door open for a few minutes
  • Bake a batch of cookies and take them to your church or school or office receptionist
  • Leave a thank-you note for your mail carrier
  • Leave encouraging, cheerful notes in unexpected places
  • Clean up litter on your street or at a nearby park
  • When eating out, double your usual tip
  • Clean out your closet and donate gently used items to a clothes closet

There are many more ideas here and here and here.

After you've performed your act of kindness on Nov. 4, please send me a note (tyradamm@gmail.com) and include a photo if you'd like. I'd love to document the 43 acts of kindness on the blog. (I won't include your name unless you ask me to.)

Thank you!


Leanne said...

What a great idea! November 4th is also the first day of the DFW 3-day for the Cure, a 60-mile walk to end breast cancer. I'll be walking with several thousand of my closest and dearest friends - I know communities will be out all day cheering, honking, providing water, snacks, and candy, etc. If it's an act of kindness to walk to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer while 31+ weeks pregnant, count me in!

Tyra said...

Woo hoo, Leanne! I hope the weather is just right for you that weekend! I'm so proud of you continuing while so far along in your pregnancy, and I hope you find strength from the women all around you. (Email me a cellphone photo if you can!)

Mandy Graham said...

I am ALL over this! What a great idea. My kids and I will definitely be participating!! Thanks for the encouragement!

Christie Ramos said...

The Ramos family is in! What a great idea!

Cyndi said...

Great idea, Tyra. I already have ours planned. Grant shares this special day with Steve.

James' mom said...

This is such a beautiful idea. I had already planned this day to help a friend clean out her home to prepare for a move. In addition I am trying to spend as much time with an ill sister and plan for her recovery. But this returns me to the little things we overlook.
My son passed on nearly two years ago from an aneurysm. He was only 24. His last breath was on the Morning of the last day of 2009. The nature of this condition has no warning signs and we have no family history. I have been grappling with ways for others to remember my boy and make others aware of the warning signs. Thank you for the inspiration. Your message is beautiful in every way. Bless you and your family.