What will you do to give back this week?

Can you believe it is August already? School is right around the corner for all our kids. Also, the 4th week in August in Be Kind To Humankind week. There are so many ways we can help those we know and even those we don't. It is so easy to be kind to others. It is something that I work on with my kids and their school does the same. If you can't figure out what to do that week to help celebrate, I have put together a small list of things you can do to be kind to one another:

  1. Pay for the person behind you in supermarket, the drive thru line, the Starbucks line, etc. This is one of those things you don't think to do, but it can totally make somebody's day. I haven't had somebody pay for me yet, but I know several people it has happened to. They also paid it forward.
  2. Donate your "stuff". We all have boxes of stuff in our house that we are no longer using. We are surrounded by stuff we don't need. Take those boxes and donate them to Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, etc. Women's shelters also tend to be a place people don't think to donate too. We try to donate kids stuff there, because the kids there usually have been through a lot and had to leave their toys.
  3. Give fresh food to the local food pantry. If you go to any of your local food pantries, they will tell you that fresh food is NOT something they get a lot of. What they do get is appreciated and that it flies out the door as soon as they get it. I've actually donated extra vegetables out of our garden that we couldn't use.
  4. On a hot day, hand out glasses of Tampico for free! I live on a super busy street with cars, bike riders, and joggers. It definitely is something they appreciate! It is something easily picked up on your grocery shopping trip.
  5. Cut out the coupons in the newspaper. Leave them in eyesight on the shelves in the grocery stores and surprise someone with some savings on their bill.
  6. Donate a backpack full of school supplies to your local school. There are always families in need that can use those supplies.
  7. Find out what your local school is lacking and buy it. Whenever I see paper on sale, I always pick up a few extra reams for my kids school.
  8. Send a thinking of you card to somebody you care about. Knowing that somebody took that time to do that can totally brighten their day.
  9. Volunteer at a hospital or nursing home, or school. There is always a need for that.
  10. Offer a compliment to those you see. Somebody telling your your hair looks nice can put a smile on your face for the rest of the day. 

By offering your time, your talent, and your treasure, you can easily be kind to others. These are just a few suggestions for Be Kind to Humankind Week.

How will you celebrate Be Kind to Humankind Week?