52 Random Acts of Kindness

At Aveda Institute MD we believe in giving back to our students, our staff, and our community. Doing small acts of kindness is a great way to give back and spread some joy around!

Below we have a list of RAK for 52 weeks. That is one RAK for each week but of course you can do so much more if you want! Let us know on Social Media what RAK’s you did this week!

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52 Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Hold the door open for someone
  2. Teach a child something you wish you knew at that age
  3. Tip a waitress more than you normally would
  4. Spend some time with a senior citizen
  5. Smile at a stranger
  6. Compliment a stranger
  7. Pay for a strangers meal at the drive thru
  8. Put a quarter in a meter that is about ready to expire
  9. Leave the mail person a thank you card
  10. Donate unwanted items to a homeless shelter
  11. Donate your unwanted suits to a place that caters to single moms re-entering the work force or older workers re-entering the work force.
  12. Smile at the Walmart greeter
  13. Mentor someone
  14. Carry someone’s bags to the car at the grocery store
  15. Walk or run for charity
  16. Thank a soldier
  17. Let someone go in front of you in line
  18. Say “thank you” to the cashier
  19. Donate books to a school or library
  20. Give your box tops to a school ( found on General Mills products)
  21. Start a stamp collection for a child
  22. Bring flowers to a co-worker, friend, or someone that may be having a hard time.
  23. Tell your family you love them.
  24. Donate coupons that have expired to a military family
  25. Buy that young mother a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a jar of peanut butter.
  26. Pay for an extra car wash
  27. Leave quarters to pay for the next persons wash at the Laundromat
  28. Instead of asking for gifts ask your friends to do random acts of kindness on your birthday.
  29. Donate stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, stickers, and little toys to the police station to hand out to sick, abused, or scared kids.
  30. Donate items to the children’s hospital ( don’t forget about the parents)
  31. Buy stamps for the person behind you at the Post Office
  32. Send a sunshine box to someone that is sick (put in Kleenex, their favorite cough drops, magazines, and anything that might cheer them up. Don’t forget the get well card )
  33. Hand out pennies at a wishing well or fountain. You never know whose wish you may help come true.
  34. Surprise someone with a cup cake, muffin, cookie, etc.
  35. Pre-stamp some thank you notes and hand them out, letting the recipient know to send it to someone they appreciate
  36. Hide notes in library books for someone else to find.
  37. Make or buy hats for kids that are suffering from cancer and donate them.
  38. Donate gift cards, restaurant cards, etc. to organizations that help families with critically or terminally ill kids.
  39. Stick your change in the Ronald McDonald box at McDonald’s
  40. Make care packages and take them to a homeless shelter.
  41. Leave your newspaper for someone
  42. Donate blood
  43. Donate school supplies to a school or preschool
  44. Call a friend and let them know you are thinking about them
  45. Volunteer at a school, library, food pantry, etc.
  46. Mow the neighbor’s yard
  47. Return a shopping cart for someone and save them the trip
  48. Take new parents a date night kit. (Movie rental, popcorn, 2 liter of soda, and candy.)
  49. Buy a few iTunes gift cards and when you see a teen listening to his iPod give him one.
  50. Hand out Valentine cards with lollipops on Valentine’s Day.
  51. Buy balloons, take them to the park and hand them to strangers. Tell them to make a wish and let them go.
  52. If you are feeling extra, extra generous, pay for someone’s gas at the pump.
  53. Bonus RAK: Thanks to one of my readers for this one! Take little care packages to a Cancer center. Fill them with a travel size hand lotion, chapstick, and purse size package of antibacterial wipes. They will be much appreciated!

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