Tuesday, January 8, 2013

#26Acts (Days 1-7)

When I heard about this movement following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School I was really excited.  How amazing to have such kindness come out of such sadness.  What an incredible way to honor the children and women who were killed that day.  

I knew I wanted to participate.  I decided to wait until January 1st to begin.  I figured it would be a great way to start 2013 out on a positive note.  This way I am forced to think of something kind to do everyday.  I will do one thing each day until I reach 26.  

My rules - I don't want the focus of this little project to be about money.  So I'm trying to be creative to think of kind things I can do that don't cost any money.  I'm ok with spending some money just not everyday! Also each act has to be something I would not normally do.  Lastly, I want to do 26 different things.  No repeats!

These phone books have literally been sitting in my condo building doorway for months.  Everyday I walk by them and wonder why they are still there.  Does anyone even use a phonebook anymore?  I decided to pick them up and put them in the trash/recycle area of my building!

Christina wrote a blog post about how she was asking for donations to Charity: Water in lieu of birthday gifts.  What a nice thing for her to do right!?  So I decided to help her out and made a $5 donation in her honor!  Go here to read her blog post about it.

I donate two trash bags filled with clothes and one trash bag filled with shoes and boots to Planet Aid.  I went through my closet and drawers and got rid of things I haven't worn in a while.  I donate a bunch of sweaters that I hadn't worn for a while but there were still is fine condition so hopefully somebody else will get good use of them!

I left a note on a co-workers car.  I don't know specifically whose car it was but just that it is someone who works at the hospital (we park in a satellite lot and take a shuttle to the hospital). It was basically just thanking the person for the work that they do!

I donated blood at the American Red Cross.  This was the first time for me and it was really easy!  It didn't take long at all and I felt ok immediately after.  An hour or so later I felt lightheaded and had to eat and drink (again) and then later in the day I was exhausted and took a 3 hour nap.  But overall is was such an easy thing to do and I'm not sure why I've never done it before.  I will definitely do it again.  And so thankful to my friend Julie for coming with me and also donating!

On Sunday I left a thank you note for the person in my building that takes out all the trash.  We leave our trash in this little room and everyday someone takes it out to the dumpster.  Not sure who it is but I'm appreciative that they do it!

Yesterday I left a dollar and note on the vending machine at work.  Hopefully whoever finds it will be happy about it and then pay it forward!

It has been a lot of fun participating in #26Acts.  I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.  I'm still looking for more creative ideas of things to do so please let me a comment if you have one!  Thanks!

Helene in Between


  1. These rock!

    I'm trying to do one act of kindness per week this year. I love the idea of leaving a note on someone's car. Thanks for inspiring my brain to think outside the box!

  2. Love these! You could bake some cookies and take to someone-- a shut in or someone at a nursing home. I saw someone else take them to a firehouse to the firemen. You could send cards to people at a nursing home or go visit them. I'll keep thinking. :)

  3. I LOVE this idea....and your rules are the right kind, not involving money, etc...I look forward to see what you do. The world needs more of this, I will be thinking of what I can do

  4. What a sweet heart you have! I will need to follow your acts of kindness and do that! Thank you for sharing!

  5. This is so cool. Thanks for sharing the info about my charity: water drive. And thanks again for the donation! I'm so glad you donated blood and will do it again. There's a huge need in our country right now!