Last year we did an advent calendar for the first time. Nothing fancy, just some stars on a ribbon. This year, I want to do something a little different. I looked at different calendars out there, both purchased and homemade and I ran across this idea from the blog I Heart Nap Time:
How cool is that? Theirs is 25 days of service but I think we will do 25 days of kindness. I'm having a little bit of a hard time coming up with ideas, though. I want to do things that Autumn can do along with us, for the most part. I'd like her to use her own money sometimes and family money other times when money is called for. I'm also looking for local ideas--like bringing something to women's shelters or to children in need. Or donations we could bring to a particular animal rescue mission. I know I have friends who are missionaries, public servants, or connected to people in need and I'd love to hear your input. I have a few ideas in mind but haven't really started putting them down until right now. I need to get a move on! Here is what I have so far. Do you have any suggestions? I'd love to hear them here, by email, or on Twitter or Facebook! I'll post an update when I have our 25 days set.
Bring hot chocolate to bell ringer.
Send home made card to Mrs. Mary.
Send card to a special friend.
Choose a worldvision gift.
Make cookies for Papa's coworkers.
Leave a gift for the mail person.
Give cookies to the librarians.
Buy 2 dollar tree gifts to give away.
Take Lula to dinner and leave a nice tip.
Visit Nanny and Boppa and help with a chore.
Smile at everyone and give nice compliments.
Update: I'm adding ideas as people give them to me!
Write a love letter for moreloveletters.com.
Send a picture to a friend's grandfather in surgery rehab.
Decorate a nursing home resident's room (anyone have contacts in a nursing home?).
Give a gift card to a cashier.
Make a care package for homeless group (link to come).
Donate cans to church food pantry (links to come).
25 Days of Kindness 2013 Posts:
Introducing 25 Days of Kindness: Ideas Needed!
Free advent printable and more details
Acts of Kindness Cards and Links
25 Days of Kindness: The First 7 Days
25 Days of Kindness: Week Two - Recap of Week 1 and Week 2 Plans
25 Days of Kindness: Week 2 Recap, Week 3 Plans
25 Days of Kindness: Week 3 and the Wrap Up
Act of Kindness Card