I think I have some pretty amazing friends. I'm lucky that way I guess. Recently a couple of amazing gals, @SharonDV and @seemummyjuggle, started a Kindness Movement to bring a little kindness to our world. They are challenging us to perform daily random, or not-so-random, acts of kindness, from the small to the huge, and asking folks to tweet about what things they've done using the hashtag #BeKind. It took off like crazy.
Then, another couple of fabulous ladies, @CocktailDeeva and @suzieswapper, built on the #BeKind movement with HEELing Hunger. This is an online shoe/boot swap that is raising money for local foodbanks. How cool is that? If my feet weren't the size of a 12 year-old girl's, then I'd be really all over that.
(You should also check out the Deeva's personal pledge to #BeKind by donating the proceeds of her 2011 shows to local foodbanks. Holy Wow!)
So, now I'm thinking, what can I do? In my own, small, non-creative, non-entrepreneurial way? I try to be kind and considerate in any circumstance. I hold doors for people, hold the elevator, smile and say "thank you" and "nice day." I think I'm an OK kinda gal. But this has made me be a little more aware of kindnesses. I'm trying to be more conscious of what I do and where I could do more.
We do donate old clothes and footwear to charity. Over the last year or so I've been handing stuff from me and the kids to my friend for delivery to a local women's shelter, where her mom volunteers. I have a small bag of toys that I've been building up for them. Now I'm committed to getting through our winter clothes switch-over by the end of this weekend so that I can get the too small stuff to the shelter for the kids before it gets too cold. I think there should be at least one snowsuit that can be put to good use.
I've been working on getting Little Boo into this activity. I am always very clear with him that old toys and clothes are going to little boys and girls who need them because they don't have much of their own. He does seem to like the idea of helping other kids. I'll build on that by asking him this weekend to pick out some toys he no longer plays with to add to the bag. And after we write his Santa letter this weekend I will ask him to think about a new toy we can buy for a Christmas toy drive.
And I've been very fortunate to have attended some great events over the past little while, where I've gotten lots of free gifts. I've sorted through and chosen items from these to go to the shelter as well. There's a selection of Calvin Klein fragrances, a beautiful Admiral Road girl's scarf, a set of baby mittens, and more.
These are a few concrete things I can think of to spread some kindness and help some women and kids in need. I'll also be making my annual charitable donations to Sick Kids and the Salvation Army. Not much, but it's a start :-)
How about you? I'd love to hear from you about what you are doing to support this Kindness Revolution. Any great ideas to inspire us? Any simple things we can all adopt? Let's spread some love :-)