Here are some ideas to get you started on your own mitzvah/kindness efforts:
- Make a meal for a new mom
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Donate children’s clothing to a local shelter
- Donate centerpieces or flowers from an event to a hospital
- Hold the door for someone
- Send a gratitude card
- Send a condolence card
- Visit a shiva house (house of mourning)
- Volunteer at school
- Bake some cookies or a meal for a new neighbor
- Compliment someone
- Tip the housekeeper
- Let someone’s employee know they did a great job
- Surprise someone with flowers
- Donate Blood
- Donate money in honor or memory of someone
- Visit a nursing home or senior center with your kids
Parents With Tweenage/Teen Children:
Have your kids run a Lemonade Stand, Bake Sale or Car Wash. Give the proceeds to their favorite charity. If you let the organization know that you will personally deliver the donation maybe they will shake their hand or at least publicly acknowledge their efforts.
- Collect outgrown coats, toys, books and donate them appropriately.
- Volunteer to deliver meals on wheels, pass out charity cards for a non-profit.
- Collect partially used gift cards (www.giftcardgiver.com) to give back to a non-profit.
- Mentor younger children in something.
- Offer babysitting services for a single parent.
- Take a family volunteering vacation.
- Volunteer in a school reading program.
- Become a foster grandparent.
- Become an ESL language teacher.
- Arrange a fundraiser.
- Work at a school cafeteria.
- Volunteer to work with animals.