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Kindness Kitten: Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

Kindness Kitten : Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

Kindness Kitten : Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

Kindness Kitten : Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

When Sawyer passed away in 2013 I was not prepared for the emotions the holiday time would bring. It was incredibly overwhelming because it felt like life was zooming by and I was just stuck. I was stuck in my depression but everyone else was able to enjoy and create memories with their families. After Thanksgiving I knew I had to come up with something to make the pain more manageable, and I did. I created RACK – Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. I typed up little papers for people to print so they could go bless someone in memory of Sawyer and share his story. The response was incredible! People sent their RACK stories to an email my mom only had access to and she printed them for us to read Christmas morning.

The next year we had Rhory. We did random acts of kindness again, but everyone also kept talking about their elf. [Disclaimer: If you do the elf in your house, that is great! This is no way a judgment of you – it is just not something we want to do in our house]. Josh and I decided pretty quickly that we definitely didn’t want the elf in our house – having to move it every day and come up with some stupid thing they did – I just figured it was better to not start. Instead we decided to have Kindness Kitten visit our house!

Every day, or every few days – you decide!, Kindness Kitten brings a new card with a new random act of kindness for you to complete. Our Kindness Kitten brings a little poem every year that reminds our kids of the reason for the season and also talks about their big brother. I try to incorporate Sawyer a lot because even though the kids won’t physically know him this side of Heaven, I really want them to know about him. Kindness Kitten came to our house THIS MORNING! YAY!

Here you will find 22 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (really they can be done any time of the year!). If you have other ideas I would love to hear them in the comments. I am really hoping to have Kindness Kitten visit every day of December, but we shall see!

Random Acts of Kindness Ideas:

  1. Donate to your local animal shelter.
  2. Pay for someone behind you in the drive through.
  3. Tape $1 bills to the vending machines at work.
  4. Donate to your local food bank.
  5. Leave a treat for the mailman.
  6. Take someone you love a surprise coffee treat.
  7. Take cookies to the fire department or police station.
  8. Call someone you have not talked to in a while, to say hello and catch up.
  9. Make a few “homeless care kits” and keep them in your car to hand out when necessary.
  10. Drop some change (or dollars) in the Salvation Army bucket.
  11. Leave an encouraging note on the car next to yours in the parking lot.
  12. Pass out candy canes with happy notes on them while shopping.
  13. Give someone a grocery gift card.
  14. Donate to Toys for Tots.
  15. Smile and wave to a stranger.
  16. Send a CHOA Smile Gram.
  17. Donate old clothes/toys.
  18. Leave your waiter a larger than normal tip.
  19. Take surprise treats to school.
  20. Give someone a hug who really needs it.
  21. Leave an extra large tip for your waitress.
  22. Pass out candy canes while shopping.

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