1. Make 50 sandwiches bags for the homeless
Simply make sandwiches, hop in the car, and hand them out where they tend to congregate. We’ve done peanut butter and jelly, but it’s not nearly as popular as sandwiches with meat and/or cheese in them. Here’s the thing; every shelter seems to hand out pbjs. They get tired of eating them. And, the sugar in the jelly or peanut butter (if not all-natural) rots teeth. For both of these reasons, they tend to avoid them. Another option might be falafels, empanadas, or anything else that’s relatively easy to make, handle and eat.
If you are able to include a snack, try to avoid hard fruit (like apples), as it can sometimes be painful to those living on the streets — again, they often have dental issues. I suggest bananas or a chips and a water bottle. If you can spare it, I’d also include a napkin (for dignity). My kids like to put heart stickers on the sandwiches after they wrap them in foil. Sometimes they’ll also include a note inside the bag with a drawing or a simple message of kindness.
We typically go to Churches or under bridges where we know they will be. My one, six, and 8 year old stay in the car, but help hand them to me as I hand them to our “new friends.”
2. Create kindness rocks & sprinkle in your neighborhood
3. Simple yard work or assistance for neighbor in need
4. Gather all the extra toys and clothing and organize them to be donated
5. Create a pop-up bakery to support your favorite local charity
6. Start a collection drive
7. Write “full of awesome” post-it notes and place on doors and cars
8. Order pizza and deliver to your local fire station
9. Do a trash pick-up hike
10. Compliment Others
Those are some of our favorites. I’d love to hear yours!