It’s World Kindness Day! What Will You do to be Kind?


Today around the world people are celebrating World Kindness Day, part of World Kindness Week, Nov. 12-18. What will you do to be

Courtesy of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

kind to someone else today, or during this special week?

Here are five ways to show kindness today, and throughout the week:

  1. Do something simple today, like smiling at people you pass by, letting someone in on the roadway, contacting a friend going through a tough time to offer a cheery “hello”, or offering to pay the meal of the person behind you in the drive through lane. For even more kindness ideas, see the Good Neighbor Stories Be Kind: Kindness Ideas Page.
  2. Donate food for a holiday food drive, or support a local hunger program. Look for donation barrels for Second Harvest Food Bank at area stores and businesses, or consider donating a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving.  The Front Door Ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of San Jose serves bag lunches to around 45 homeless people each day.  You can help by donating things like paper and plastic bags, or individual-sized lunch items like sandwich cracker kits, fruit cups, bags of nuts, etc.
  3. Perform some volunteer work this weekend. As I reported yesterday, Beautiful Day has a service event in and around San Jose this Saturday, Nov. 17. You can find other volunteer events going on all week at One Brick Silicon Valley and HandsOn Bay Area.
  4. “Adopt” a local child in need for the holidays. Bill Wilson Center has extended its deadline to Monday, Nov. 19, for “adopting” children during the holidays with active cases in the Santa Clara County Department of Children and Family Services. Almost 400 children and teens have been matched to donors so far, but hundreds more are in need of generous people who are willing to brighten their holidays with gifts, clothing, and food. See the Adopt-a-Family Holiday Giving Page on the center’s website to find out how to become a donor.
  5. Help victims of Superstorm Sandy through donations and well wishes. The people of New Jersey, New York, and other communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy still need our help. Consider even a small donation, or send messages of encouragement to people you know on the East Coast letting them know you are thinking of them and wish them well. This post from the Forbes Magazine website has more suggestions.