Thanks to Dignity Health for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own.
I buy toys on sale all year-long to donate to holiday toy drives. Thank You Target Toy Clearances! 😉 I think it’s really important that each child receives a present or two during the holidays. Each year I create a list of Toy Drives in Tucson, I figure if it’s easier to find a donation location, people are more likely to drop off a toy or two. In addition to the random toys we donated this year, I wanted to be more intentional in our holiday giving. I wanted my boys to buy presents for little boys just like them, so we also participated in the Christmas Angel program. It felt good letting the boys pick out toys and shirts they liked, for kids their own age. It’s a new holiday tradition for us.
Human connections, physical, verbal or otherwise can lead to better health.Dignity Health launched their Hello Humankindness initiative to improve health using human connections. They hope to encourage everyone to spread human kindness and hopefully make the world a little happier and healthier.
It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of Random Acts of Kindness. Those token acts are easy to do but usually with little impact on the beneficiary. Your kindness shouldn’t be an ego boost for you but rather make a true impact to those that receive it. With a little planning and thought your Intentional Acts of Kindness can really make a difference in your community and beyond.
I want to be more intentional in my giving all year-long, not just at Christmas. I have a friend that started a monthly service project this year, she’s organizes a group of friends and family to complete different projects that really impact our community. This month was the first time I made the time to help. We purchased supplies for blessing bags to be distributed to homeless people. The boys helped me fill gallon size bags with dog food to pass out to homeless people with furry friends. This took more time (and intention) than handing $5 to someone on the corner and I think made a bigger impact too. Plus our contribution was just a small part to the 80 blessing bags created with the help of everyone in the group.
I realize not everyone knows an amazing person that organizes monthly service projects but there are lots of things that you can do with just your immediate family or even by yourself. Check out these Intentional Acts of Kindness ideas from the Hello Human Kindness Instagram account:
Use your professional skills to help an organization with their website or fundraising.
Or help an organization with building maintenance or improvement projects. Whatever your skills are, there are organizations that can utilize them and would really appreciate the help!
Contact your local hospital to see who’s most in need of some cheer.
This is a great idea for anyone that can’t volunteer outside their home. Everyone loves getting a card in the mail, you could really make a difference for hospital patients with no friends or family nearby. This would also be a great project to work on with your kids.
Charitable organizations need help year-round, not just during the holidays. Plan to donate your time to a worthwhile group when they really need it.
This is my goal. I plan on volunteering my time to a community group this spring. I hope some of you will join me and pledge to volunteer after the holidays when charitable giving isn’t at the top of everyone’s list. Check out the volunteer ideas near you at HelloHumanKindness.org. They have specific Intentional Acts of Kindness listed to help you s