I am so EXCITED to have Jess from Mish Mashed Mama here again! This time she is sharing something very near and dear to my heart....giving back! Keep reading to learn more about 24 days of Kindness......
Hi! I'm Jess from Mish Mashed Mama. Wanna know a little tidbit about me? I loooove Christmas. If Christmas was in May, life couldn't get any better. To get everyone into the Christmas spirit, I'm here today to share a Christmas season challenge with you. Keep in mind, I didn't think to ask Carmella if she would like to share this until this past weekend so we're already about 5 days into this. Better late than never right?
24 Days of Kindness
Christmas is first off about Christ. The second part is about being grateful & giving to others without the requirement of receiving anything in return. Yes, I know that the majority of us always receive something in return but would you have the same mindset about gift giving if you weren't receiving anything back? The gift giving part of Christmas is to me inspired by the wisemen who gifted the infant Christ who they had never met, who couldn't give gifts in return, & who had yet to do anything for them.
So why can't we do that? From Dec. 1st to Dec. 24, I challenge you to do something nice for someone you don't know everyday. (If you would like to, you can also do kind things for those you know.)
Here is a quick basic list (some of which I plan on doing myself)
Pay for the person in the fast food or coffee shop line behind you
Give a store giftcard to a random person (Walmart, Target, grocery)
Donate to a food bank or homeless shelter
Buy breakfast for a co-worker
Leave a generous tip for your waiter/waitress
Bring Christmas cards or poinsettias to a patient @ a nursing home
Or other non-monetary tasks...
bake cookies/goodies for your local police/fire deparment to show your thanks & support
donate books you no longer read to the library
put baked good on your neighbors doors
be a polite driver for a day
let someone in line in front of you
babysitting for a couple who doesn't get to go out much
helping someone who needs it with home/yard work
Really, just let it flow. Plan some. Make some spontaneous. Either way, do it with the spirit of giving & love. Leave handwritten notes explaining this was a random act of kindness. Encourage those who can to pay it forward.
I'll post weekly on my 24 Days of Kindness. I encourage you to share this with others & participate. Don't just read this & think "mmm, that's a really nice thing." DO IT.
I hope some of you will stop by & share your acts of kindness with me. I would LOVE to hear them.