Our family really enjoys doing random acts of kindness, especially during Christmas time. They’re fun for me, fun for the kids, and fun for the recipient! If you’re needing some inspiration, here are a few things that we have done in the past, or are planning to do this year:
*Leave a special treat in the mailbox for your mailman. Be sure to include a note that it’s for him/her so they don’t leave it in there!
*Bring treats or goodies and cards to a local fire station. If you’re lucky and they aren’t out on a call, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get a little tour of the trucks, too!
*Door bell ditch your neighbors. Leave something special like some goodies or (if you know them) a small gift they would enjoy.
*Let your kids vote on their favorite Christmas light-lit house in the neighborhood. Leave a note and a small “prize” saying that they were your favorite in the whole neighborhood!
*Place a bag full of toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, easy snacks, feminine hygiene items, and more in your car. Keep your eyes open for a homeless person to hand them out to. (tip: keep the bags in your front seat so you can easily access them and just hand them out the window when you’re driving).
*Shovel snow from a neighbor’s driveway.
*Volunteer to serve food for the homeless. There are plenty of opportunities to do this in Reno, and many times children can serve, too. My daughters (5 & 7) serve breakfast one morning each week at the Reno/Sparks Gospel Mission. There are also other groups that serve dinner many nights each week (see the City of Reno Community Assistance Center Outdoor Feeding Calendar HERE).
*Adopt a family. Participate in an Angel Tree type program, where you can buy gifts for a family who may otherwise not be able to have gifts at all.
*If you know a new mom, offer to bring her a meal so she doesn’t have to worry about dinner one evening.
*Visit folks at a local retirement or an assisted living facility. Make cards to pass out to everyone, and if you’re musically inclined, bring a guitar and your voices to sing Christmas carols. I suggest avoiding any food items as there are often a lot of dietary restrictions.
Also, with many of these, it’s a good idea to call ahead and let them know when you are hoping to come visit.
I’m always looking for some fun new ways to bless other people with my kiddos, and I’d love to hear your ideas! What random acts of kindness ideas do you have for the month of December?