A Movement of Kindness

Celebrating 125 Years

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Since our founding, Royal Neighbors members have been caring for others during times of celebration and sorrow – and much of it has been rooted in the concept of simple kindness. From the suffragettes who worked to secure equal voting rights to the many who have sewn masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, members took their desire to serve out into their communities. And they made a difference.

This legacy continues today, 125 years after our founding, and we’d like to celebrate all the ways we can continue to make a difference in our very own neighborhoods.

Please join us in our 125 Random Acts of Kindness campaign.

During each of the months of October, November, and December, we are encouraging our members to do one purposeful, kind thing for someone else. It won’t cost you much, if anything at all, and it might make someone else’s day much brighter. So, pick up that piece of litter, purchase that extra cup of coffee to share, and put away that wayward cart in the parking lot!

Sometimes all it takes is a little extra effort to make a big difference.

We would love to hear how you’re spreading kindness. Please email Amy Finn at Amy.Finn@royalneighbors.org and include a photo if applicable. We will be sharing stories on our social media outlets and in The Royal Neighbor online magazine.

To help you get started, here are some ideas. Or, better yet, come up with your own and share them with us!

Random Acts of Kindness Include:

  1. Purchase coffee for the person in line behind you
  2. Create a post on social media about an organization you support & why you are inspired to do so
  3. Adopt a family in need during the holidays
  4. Help a neighbor with yard work
  5. Send a “thinking of you” card to family or friends
  6. Walk a someone’s dog or at the animal shelter
  7. Rake/pick-up leaves
  8. Give an unexpected, meaningful compliment
  9. Let someone cut in front of you in line
  10. Buy a warm meal for someone in need
  11. Stop to assist someone who looks lost
  12. Pick up litter on the street during your walk
  13. Take the time to write a great online review for a restaurant/shop that you love
  14. Learn CPR
  15. Send a care package to a service member
  16. Bring treats to your local fire station
  17. Write a thank you note to your mail carrier
  18. Smile at someone
  19. Donate blood
  20. Sign up for a bone marrow registry (bethematch.org)
  21. Sign up for a shift at a local soup kitchen
  22. Donate a vacation day
  23. Submit a “Shout Out” for a colleague
  24. Scrape ice/snow off a neighbor’s car after you’ve finished doing yours
  25. Call your mom/dad just to say, “I Love You!”
  26. Forgive someone who has wronged you
  27. Donate to a friend’s favorite charity in their name
  28. Offer to help someone carrying a large/heavy load
  29. Hold the door open
  30. Be a good listener
  31. Clean up someone else’s mess
  32. Do a 5k for a good cause
  33. Leave money on a vending machine for someone to find
  34. Make dinner for a neighbor
  35. Leave letters of encouragement on people’s cars
  36. Participate in an Angel Tree during the holidays
  37. Thank a teacher with a small gift
  38. Donate your old clothes
  39. Shovel a neighbor’s driveway/sidewalk after a snow
  40. Plant a tree
  41. Do a favor without asking anything in return
  42. Pay for a stranger’s library fees
  43. Send a letter to a friend instead of a text
  44. Snap a photo for a couple/family
  45. Leave a generous tip
  46. Mentor a colleague or child
  47. Foster an animal
  48. Adopt an animal
  49. Make someone a homemade blanket or scarf
  50. Leave some change on a wishing fountain
  51. Bake cookies for your neighbors
  52. Put your phone away when you’re with others
  53. Purchase local artwork
  54. Write a list of things you love about someone
  55. Babysit/Dogsit/Catsit for free
  56. Pay for someone’s groceries behind you in line
  57. Give up a good parking spot
  58. Send a box of your favorite donuts, bagels or muffins to a construction site
  59. Send flowers to a nursing home
  60. Write an encouraging note outside with sidewalk chalk to brighten the day of people who see it
  61. Gather up recyclable items and take to the recycling center
  62. Make a simple bird feeder
  63. Help a loved one with something they’ve been struggling to complete (homework, big work project, something around the house)
  64. Give a hug to someone in your immediate family or in your household
  65. Send a care package to someone you miss
  66. Donate any extra canned food to a food bank
  67. Donate, volunteer or raise awareness for a charity/non-profit that you’re passionate about
  68. Buy some pre-wrapped treats and deliver them to local healthcare workers
  69. Tell a joke to someone and make them laugh
  70. Have a conversation with your neighbor
  71. Clean your home
  72. Say “yes” when a family member asks to spend time with you
  73. Practice patience
  74. Say a prayer for someone else
  75. Put an inspiring note on your window (home or office) for a passerby to see
  76. Offer to run an errand for someone in an at-risk group
  77. Offer to read a book or teach a home school lesson to a friend’s child(ren)
  78. Volunteer with Junior Achievement
  79. It’s important to have compassion for yourself, too! Make time each day to show yourself some self-care
  80. Find a favorite photo you have of someone and send it to them
  81. Support a local author and purchase their book
  82. Take a day to say no complaints
  83. Hold the elevator for someone
  84. Give up your seat for someone else
  85. Lend someone a book or movie that you love
  86. Take the time to appreciate the sunrise or sunset
  87. Decrease your carbon footprint – walk or bike to work, choose glass instead of plastic
  88. Decline the use of a straw
  89. Send a gift card to someone for no reason
  90. Do an extra chore
  91. Wash someone’s car
  92. Buy an extra candy bar to share
  93. Give your umbrella to a stranger (or keep an extra in your car to share)
  94. Pay for someone’s parking meter
  95. Give a pen to a stranger
  96. Water the flowers
  97. Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you
  98. Take a new colleague to lunch
  99. Spread encouragement online
  100. Take the dog for an extra walk
  101. Feed the birds
  102. Make a thank you card for the librarian
  103. Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk
  104. Tell someone they did a good job
  105. Teach someone something new
  106. Bury treasure at the playground
  107. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  108. Put a nice note in someone’s lunch
  109. Wave at kids on the school bus
  110. Donate bus tokens to your local hospital
  111. Send dessert to another table
  112. Hand out tissues during cold & flu season
  113. Bring your neighbor’s garbage can up for them
  114. Save an insect
  115. Participate in “Meatless Monday”
  116. Go leather free for a day
  117. Support your local museum by visiting or purchasing something from the gift shop
  118. Adopt an animal shelter worker
  119. Use paper instead of Styrofoam or plastic
  120. Pause for an animal crossing the road
  121. Clean the microwave
  122. Introduce a colleague to a contact in your professional network
  123. Tell your boss what you appreciate about them
  124. Be a cheerleader for someone else’s idea or project
  125. Shop small / shop local

Participants must make sure to follow local and CDC guidelines when gathering in person or volunteering in a group. A great alternative to meeting in person is to have all members participate via a virtual meeting platform.