Last year we tried out our Good Deeds Calendar for Advent. It was a mixed bag for the kids, but I really liked it. At the very least it helped me keep a focus on extending our bounty and love out into the world.
And here is a list of what Good Deeds we might do:
(Note that there are more than 24 here so that I have some wiggle room if the plans don’t always work out…)
- Send a loving letter to someone.
- Draw a picture for a child in the hospital.
- Buy some pet treats and take them to the animal shelter.
- Donate canned goods to the postal food drive.
- Today is The Great Toy Giveaway!!
- Write a list of 5 things you love about someone you haven’t talked to recently, and mail it to them.
- Take a hike somewhere beautiful. Bring a bag with you and pick up litter.
- Bring Papa coffee in bed.
- Make a batch of fudge or cookies and take it to Pasta Plus (where my mom works).
- Tell Mama something you like about a local business and have her post it to their FB wall.
- Give compliments to 3 people today. How many people total is that?
- Play a game with your sibling that THEY want to play. Let them make the rules.
- Send a Christmas card to someone in the military.
- Take flowers to a nursing home.
- Buy some art supplies at the Dollar Store. Donate the supplies to the children’s ward at the hospital.
- Go out for steamers. Have Mama pay for the person in line behind us.
- Visit an elderly person and ask to hear what Christmas was like when they were young. Really listen to their story.
- Plan a Christmas Movie Party. Pick a movie, plan on pop-corn and cocoa! Invite friends and ask them to bring $3-5 each. We will donate the money to a good cause.
- Have the Movie Party!! Draw a card for your guests to sign. Send/take the money to the organization you are donating to.
- Donate some picture books to children who need books. Mama will help you find a good place.
- Write a Christmas card for your ballet Teacher and your scout Leaders about why they are good teachers. Deliver them at class time with a jar of jam.
- Take these candy canes with you when you run errands to day. Give one to someone you see who looks like they “need a smile”. (I borrowed this idea from Colleen Kessler – Thanks Colleen!!)
- Out on errands? Hold the door for people coming behind you.
- Take a donation of food to the Food For Lane County office.
- Bake a batch of cookies and take them to the Fire Station near our house. Thank the Firefighters for their service.
- Leave early for Church. Stop at the Dollar Store and buy some personal care product (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap…). Leave it in the Occupy Medical donation bin at Church.
I am thinking of getting a Good Deed canister to go next to the calendar and putting money in it. That way they can take the dollars out for a trip to the dollar store and buy their own supplies. They don’t have to rely (as directly) on me to do pay for them. It is their Good Deed Money that does the Good.
What does your family do that is similar?