IDEAS TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED IT THE MOST
1. Taco Shop Sets Up “Take One Leave One” Coat Rack For Homeless
Posted on January 26, 2017
Freezing temperatures in Texas inspired a good samaritan to offer winter clothing to those who need it for the second year in a row.
Tacos and beer are nice, but when one is homeless and living on the street, a warm coat can go a lot further in helping one survive. It’s for this reason that compassionate entrepreneur Emilia Flores, who owns The Taco Stop in Dallas, set up a free coat, hat, and scarf exchange outside of her business.
WFAA reports that the recent freezing temperatures in Texas inspired the good samaritan to offer winter clothing to those who need it for the second year in a row. With a banner that reads “Are you cold? Take one… Do you want to help? Leave one.”, the rack is easy-to-spot and clear in its message.
Even if people aren’t homeless, Flores wants to ensure they’re prepared for the cold front. She commented:
“This is a way of people not being embarrassed about asking. They just come and pick what they need and leave.”
The Taco Shop owner is persistent in her efforts to help others. In the last year alone, the rack was stolen four times. However, she and the loyal customers have decided that they’ll continue to re-install it as many times as necessary, as long as there’s a need for the items that are offered.
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THE STREET STORE
South Africa’s Street Store doesn’t just help to clothe the homeless, but also gives them the retail experience of choosing their own wares. With the idea to give the homeless the same dignity as customers who can pay, The Street Store sets up their pop up cardboard shops around Cape Town, inviting customers in need to peruse at their will. Customers in need are welcome to choose an outfit for themselves from the hundreds of donated items, giving the gift of self-assured style along with needed clothing. This idea has been copied, with their permission all over the world. The website gives you the templates and explains how to hold one in your local community.
101 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
It is sometimes the smallest Act of Kindness that can stay with you for a lifetime. I was once on my way to Sydney to go to a function. Something had happened and the traffic was a nightmare. It took 30 minutes to go from the expressway to the start of the entrance of the Harbour Bridge, which would normally take 5 minutes tops. I was almost on the bridge when a left lane had to merge into my lane. There were cars everywhere, still barely moving however I decided to let the man beside me, go in in front of me, and he gratefully waved out his window, and I hand signalled acknowledgement back. Another 15 minutes later I finally got to the toll both, but when I went to pay (we still had toll collectors back then) the lady signalled me on. Not understanding I stopped and went to pay as usual and she then told me that the man I had let go in front of me, had already paid for me. It was a $3.00 toll, but it was the kind gesture which stayed with me. That was the day that solidified my love of the idea of Random Acts of Kindness.
I later pondered, what if every person in the world was to do 1 Random Act of Kindness everyday? What a different world it would be. Below are 100 ideas of Random Acts of Kindness, if you can't think of where to start. Why not do 1 every day!
1.Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
2. Bring a cake (or a healthy treat, like cut-up fruit) to work and share it with your colleagues.
3. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
4. When you have to put money into the machine to pay for your street parking, put in some extra coins for the next person.
5. When everyone around you is gossiping about someone, be the one to butt in with something nice.
6. Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
7. If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
8. Put your phone away and look the person in the eye when you are talking to them.
9. Introduce yourself to new neighbours who have just moved in..
10. Offer a homeless person your leftovers bag from the restaurant.
11. Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.
12. Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking. (Surprisingly few people master this.)
13. Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life.
14. Compliment someone to their boss.
15. Leave a nice server the biggest tip you can afford.
16. Smile at someone on the street, just because.
17. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you.
18. Forgive someone, and never bring up the issue again.
19. Talk to the shy person who’s sitting by themselves at a party.
20. Leave your newspaper behind for someone else to read at the coffeeshop, the doctor’s office, or on a plane.
21. Give up your seat on the bus for a elderly person or young mum with children.
22. Help a mother with her baby stroller on stairs or getting on a bus or train.
23. Become a big brother or big sister.
24. Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.
25. Write someone a letter. Like a real letter, on paper. And mail it!
26. Give away stuff for free on Craigslist.
27. Make a “breakup playlist” on Spotify for your friend who’s going through heartbreak.
28. Give someone a book you think they’d like.
29. Be the person who puts a tip in the tip jar at the coffeeshop. (Fewer people tip than you’d think!)
30. Bring in fun office supplies to liven up the workday for everyone.
31. When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need.
32. Give someone a hug.
33. If you spill creamer or sugar on the counter at Starbucks, wipe it up.
34. Call your grandparents. Call them and have a long chat!
35. Donate your old eyeglasses so someone else can use them.
36. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
37. Write something nice on that person’s updates who posts on Facebook constantly. They’re probably lonely.
38. Sincerely compliment your boss, who probably doesn’t often get feedback from her reports.
39. Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms.
40. Let them have the parking space.
41. Relay an overheard compliment.
42. Volunteer to read to kids at an after-school program.
43. Bring your partner coffee in bed tomorrow.
44. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
45. Stop to talk to a homeless person.
46. Answer that email you’ve been avoiding.
47. Send anonymous flowers to the receptionist at work.
48. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
49. Donate or recycle your old laptop and electronics.
50. Write a nice comment on your friend’s blog.
51. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
52. Give someone a tissue who’s crying in the public, and offer to talk about it, but only if they want to.
53. Listen intently.
54. Babysit for a single mom for free.
55. Adopt a rescue pet.
56. Compliment someone in front of others.
57. Hold the elevator.
58. Email that person you’re afraid to talk to because you don’t want to “bother them.” They’re probably thinking the same thing about others!
59. Remind yourself that everyone is fighting their own struggles and say hello to people you pass going to work.
60. Leave some extra quarters in the laundry room.
61. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
62. Put together a small herb garden for someone.
63. Donate old bras to charities, they are apparently the most cherished items in third world countries.
64. Say thank you to a janitor.
65. Talk to someone at work whom you have’t talked to before.
66. Frame your friend’s favorite lyric or quote and give it to them with a nice note.
67. Buy an extra coffee and give it to someone homeless.
68. Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
69. Help your elderly neighbor take out the trash or mow their lawn.
70. Water your neighbours garden when away on holidays.
71. Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them.
72. Bring a security guard a hot cup of coffee.
73. Plant a tree.
74. Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
75. If you’re a good photographer, take photos of your friends and make them into a digital album.
76. Visit a nursing home or children hospital and have a chat with someone who is sad or lonely.
77. Smile to someone you don't know, it costs nothing but gives much.
78. Wash someone’s car.
79. Dog or catsit for free.
80. Keep an extra umbrella at work and let someone borrow it on their way home if there’s a sudden downpour.
81. Make two lunches and give one away.
82. Reduce air pollution by carpooling.
83. Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause.
84. Be encouraging!
85. Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
86. Take all your change and donate your collection to charity.
87. Give your friend a hug, touch their arm, or pat them on the back. So many of us are starved for human touch!
88. Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand.
89. Give your partner the benefit of the doubt.
90. Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s not their fault.
91. Do the dishes even if it’s your roommate’s turn.
92. Always try and focus on a person's good points, not their worst.
93. Share the rest of your pack of gum with your friends or colleagues.
94. Be patient and smile.
95. Clean someone’s windshield.
96. Every night before you go to bed, think of three things you’re grateful for.
97. Make plans with that person you’ve been putting off seeing.
98. Call your Mum or Dad and make their day.
99. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries in their car.
100. Have a clean-up party on the beach or at a park.
101. When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to leave yourself alone — you deserve kindness too!
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