6 weeks

Random Acts of Kindness

  • Get to know one neighbour you don’t
  • Give a food parcel to a Homeless Talk seller
  • If it’s raining, share your umbrella with someone
  • Carry shopping parcels for an older person
  • Double your tip for the petrol attendant
  • Clear your cupboards and give old clothes to a charity or needy person
  • Write a thank you letter to your parents, grandparents or children
  • Give a special gift to a special person even if it is not a special occasion
  • Give unused books to someone who needs them
  • Cook a meal for a neighbour
  • Keep soup packets and oranges in your car to give to beggars
  • Clean up the area outside your neighbour’s house
  • When you’re in need, allow others to help you
  • Visit an elderly person and offer to do a chore for them
  • Pay someone’s taxi fare
  • Offer to wash someone’s car
  • Thank people with a smile and wave who let you into traffic
  • Let someone else into traffic
  • Make a list with your neighbours of everyone’s email/cell numbers
  • Set up window boxes at work and plant herbs, flowers & vegetables
  • Take a plate of home-cooked food to your local police station
  • Buy a car guard a take-away meal
  • Invite a foreign family to your home for a meal
  • Smile at everyone you meet today
  • Offer to look after the child of a single parent for a day
  • Ask a homeless person their name
  • Offer to cut your neighbour’s grass/clean their pool
  • Speak to one person standing in a queue with you
  • Make contact with friends you have not spoken to for some time
  • Offer to make coffee/tea for people at work
  • Leave a note of encouragement on the desk of someone you work with
  • Buy someone milk and bread
  • Let someone take your parking space
  • Give the security guard at your work or home some food
  • Give up your seat on the bus/train
  • Try to speak to someone in their own language even if it’s not your own
  • Give a bottle of cold water to a hot and bothered taxi driver
  • Buy shoes for a beggar
  • Take a plant to the new neighbors to welcome them
  • Compliment someone on work done
  • Donate some groceries to a needy family
  • Find someone a job with no strings attached

Watch comedians like Desmond Dube, Kagiso Lediga and Chris Forrest doing random acts of kindness on YouTube (Heartlines SA)

Acts of kindness for children

  • Pack an extra sandwich in your child’s lunchbox for a child at school who does not bring lunch.
  • Offer to read to children at your local library once a month
  • Give food parcels to orphan-households
  • Visit the children’s ward at your nearest provincial hospital and read to and play with the child/ren who have no visitors
  • Look through your child’s toys and books and take those still in good condition and with which your child does not play to your local children’s home.
  • Don’t give money to children begging at robots and intersections – give a sandwich or fruit instead
  • Ask your nearest children’s home if you can help one hour a week with homework
  • Give your child a hug – in fact several
  • Pack a surprise picnic for your children one warm evening – even if you eat it in your own backyard.
  • Make friends with your neighbour whose baby cries a lot – and ask her if you can rock the pram for her to give her a break and soothe the baby.
  • Find something to compliment in your child every day
  • Share a funny joke with a child and laugh together.

Good Citizen Tips:

  • Report crime and send anonymous tip-offs to Crime Line
  • Call the police if you see someone in distress
  • Send your domestic worker to local security meetings
  • Report street lights that don’t work
  • Volunteer to help coach a sports team or run a drama/art group at your local school
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