Spread the Love: 5 Ideas for National Random Acts of Kindness Week

Finally here, is National Random Acts of Kindness week! The week of February 14-18 is celebrated as the time to get out there and do an act of goodness. This is your opportunity to share love and kindness with the environment, your friends, neighbours, family, colleagues, charities and complete strangers.

The Everyday Philanthropist invites you to do an unexpected Extreme Act of Kindness to an unsuspecting recipient each day! Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

 
Monday: Donate blood and potentially save up to 3 lives.

Tuesday: Drop off a plant or home-made baked goods to your local police or fire department.

Wednesday: Donate used books to your local library or school.

Thursday:  Volunteer an hour or two at a local shelter, school, soup kitchen or charity event.

Friday: Donate clothes, toys, blankets and other daily items to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.

 
 No matter how big or small, your acts of kindness can change lives and create a chain reaction to spread even more generosity throughout your community and the world. Share your acts of kindness and comments with our community on the Everyday Philanthropist Facebook page.
  
“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

USA Today: Kindness, Charity, Philanthropy and Social Responsiblity

Did you know that USATODAY.com has a feature dedicated to giving back? How great right?  Check it out here Kindness: New ways we give and volunteer.
As the website says,
Kindness is your daily source of inspiration and guide to making a difference in fresh and exciting ways, no matter where you are. Each day, this site will unearth unique stories of giving with exclusive interviews, fresh takes on news stories, plenty of tips, and links to interesting resources.”

Reporter Christie Garton reports on philanthropic happenings around the world – from heroes helping victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill to cross country bike tours for charity. Get a daily dose of goodness at USAToday.com!

Day 27 of 30Days/30 Ways to Give Back: DONATE FUR

Lynne Slater, a wildlife rehabilitator, was caring for a week-old bobcat whose mother had been killed by a car. Slater tried several times to feed the starving infant, but the kitten simply would not suckle a baby bottle. Then she cut a hole in a piece of fur that was donated and stuck the baby-bottle nipple through the hole, and the kitten drank hungrily. This surrogate mothering technique continued to work until the kitten was old enough to be weaned. Said Slater: “Without the Coats for Cubs fur donation, we wouldn’t have been able to help this bobcat kitten survive.”

Today’s Give Back Action: DONATE FUR

More than a decade ago, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) started Coats for Cubs (hsus.org/furdonation) as a way for reluctant fur-owners to help distressed animals. The program distributes donated furs to licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country, where they’re used in bedding and nesting materials to soothe orphaned and injured wildlife.

For the past four years, HSUS has partnered with the national retail chain Buffalo Exchange (buffaloexchange.com) to collect furs at their thirty-six locations nationwide between November 1 and April 22. Visit their website for store locations.

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