7 Ways To Spread Kindness In Your Neighborhood

Dated: February 11 2021

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Kindness is something everyone can afford to spread. The act of paying it forward is about sharing a positive moment with another person without expecting anything in return. Doing a good deed for a family member, neighbor or stranger is a beautifully selfless act. Not only will it remind them the world is full of generosity and kindness, but it'll also encourage others to be kinder to others. Here are seven ways you can spread kindness throughout your community:

Pay for someone’s coffee or meal

In December 2020, almost 900 people paid for one another's meals over a span of two days at The Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in Brainerd, Minnesota. The next time you're in line at a drive-thru, why not pay for the person behind you? This random act of kindness and the thought of brightening someone else's day will make you feel good head to toe!

Make homemade masks

If you’re creative and looking for a DIY home project, sewing homemade masks is a great way to help your community stay safe and healthy! All you need is some washable fabric, two pieces of elastic, a needle and thread, scissors, and a sewing machine. North Memorial Health put together an easy guide to assembling homemade masks. Living facilities like nursing homes and shelters are usually the most in need of masks. You can reach out to your local county emergency management office for details on how and where to donate masks.

Support local businesses

You can support local restaurants by ordering takeout or buying gift cards to surprise family, friends, or even complete strangers with! Your support can help keep these businesses open during and after the pandemic. Don't forget to leave a generous tip when you order delivery or takeout - chefs and drivers keep your bellies full and food hot on arrival!

Shop for seniors

Many seniors have found that life looks very different now than it did last year. It’s important to regularly check in on the most vulnerable members of your community. Help them stay connected and safe by offering to shop for their groceries and other essential home goods.

Donate blood

According to the FDA, someone requires a blood transfusion every two seconds. In your community and across America, donated blood is a life-saving and key component of patient care.  Donating blood during a pandemic is essential for helping your community thrive. You can schedule an appointment at a location near you and give blood in a safe environment while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

Help schools and educators

You can pay it forward to educators in your community by donating school supplies and disinfectant products for their classrooms. Another way you can show appreciation to our teachers is by making a gift basket filled with yummy baked goods, books, or games for them to enjoy!

Mentor someone

If you've ever had a teacher or boss take you under their wing, you can appreciate the life-changing power a good mentor holds. Consider offering your time, skills, and wisdom to someone in need of mentorship. You can sign up to mentor in your community or mentor someone you know personally. Both you and your mentee will get far more than you put in. Who knows? You might end up with a lifelong friend!

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