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50 Ideas for Acts of Kindness


Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbour or stranger out, standing up for an issue, community or cause that you care about, there are many ways you can give back for GivingTuesday.

50 Ideas for Acts of Kindness

  1. Go for a hike and pick up litter along the way.
  2. Put a surprise note or drawing on someone’s desk.
  3. Stop stereotypes. Write a short story that breaks that way of thinking.
  4. Learn about different cultures.
  5. Reach out to a friend impacted by war or other hardship. Be there to listen and support.
  6. Organize a food or warm clothing drive for a local charity. 
  7. Bring popsicles to a park on a hot day and share.
  8. Take a shorter shower to conserve water.
  9. Clean out your closet and donate some items.
  10. Use less plastic and be more conscious about recycling.
  11. Spread awareness about ways to stop global warming.
  12. Donate to a charity.
  13. Donate a few toys you don't use anymore.
  14. Send a letter to a mentor or someone who influences you and tell them how they contributed to the person you are today.
  15. Give up your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
  16. Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
  17. Help make dinner.
  18. Your classmate or neighbour may be non verbal but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to say. Talk to them and take the time to learn how they communicate.
  19. Tell someone why they are important to you.
  20. Thank the lunchroom staff.
  21. Look around your classroom or playground for kids who are not engaged and invite them to join.
  22. Clean your room without being asked.
  23. Hold the door for someone.
  24. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  25. Reflect on a cause that matters to you and research how you can volunteer or advocate.
  26. Read a book to a Kindergartener.
  27. Sit with someone new at lunch.
  28. Write kind messages in chalk in your neighborhood.
  29. Create a little free pantry in your neighborhood.
  30. Send three cheerful postcards to people who won't be expecting it.
  31. Be there for a friend having a tough time. Don’t try to fix it; just listening helps so much.
  32. Forgive someone.
  33. Make someone laugh.
  34. Gift a book to someone.
  35. Call someone to talk to them rather than texting.
  36. Serve a snack to a delivery person.
  37. Post something positive on social media.
  38. Share your favourite artists' work on social media.
  39. Go to the local library and put kind notes inside some books.
  40. Take fewer napkins when ordering takeout.
  41. Eat less meat.
  42. Recycle used paper and go paperless where possible.
  43. Foster an animal.
  44. Leave a kind note for your teacher or principal.
  45. Be a disability ally. Invite people with disabilities into your life.
  46. Paint rocks with kind messages and leave them all over town.
  47. Help your teacher with something.
  48. Smile someone who looks sad.
  49. Walk a neighbour's dog.
  50. Teach someone something new.

Join our It's Cool To Be Kind project! Or share your act of kindness on social media. It could inspire somebody to do the same. Tag us in your posts using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCa to join the GivingTuesday conversation.

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