- Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling.
- Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbor who is experiencing loneliness or isolation.
- Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch-up.
- Arrange to watch a movie at the same time as a friend and video call/FaceTime afterwards to discuss.
- Host a virtual game night with friends or family members.
- Write a message of love and tuck it into a school lunch.
- Pull out a cookbook and cook a meal together.
- Try out a new hobby as a family (i.e. making bread, taking guitar lessons, learning new dance moves).
- Detail a loved one’s car (inside and out).
- Pray for someone and let them know that you prayed for them.
- Offer to support vulnerable neighbors (i.e. take in the trash bins, run errands, walk dog, shovel their driveway/sidewalk, scrape a windshield).
- Drop off a take-out meal or cup of coffee to a vulnerable neighbor, friend or family member.
- Check in on a work colleague and ask how they are feeling with the change in work routines.
- Give praise to a colleague for something they’ve done well.
- Arrange to have a video tea or coffee break with a colleague.
- Write a positive LinkedIn review for a co-worker.
- Make a financial donation to a charity, such as
- Ask for donations to a non-profit rather than birthday gifts.
- Donate bottles of hand sanitizer to police stations, fire departments or public libraries.
- Donate to Southwood’s Good Samaritan Fund. These funds are used to support those in the community who may need assistance in paying for rent, utilities, groceries or gas.
Donate to the Good Samaritan Fund
- Gather gently used clothing and drop off at a donation drop off location around town.
- Leave a book in a Little Free Library location around town.
Locate a Little Free Library near you
- Order takeout from a local restaurant.
- Leave an online review for your favorite store, restaurant or online business, telling everyone how great they are.
- Leave a generous tip.
- Pay the bill for the person behind you in line at the drive-thru.
- Let the car in front of you merge into traffic with a wave and a smile.
- Leave an encouraging note on someone’s windshield.
- Return extra shopping carts you see at the grocery store.
- Support a local small business with a purchase.
- Email a former teacher to say thank you.
- Give your child’s teacher $5 toward classroom expenses.
- Leave your change in a vending machine after you buy something.
- Leave a travel size package of wipes on a restroom changing area with a note of encouragement for parents.
- Leave a treat, tip or note in the mailbox for your mail carrier.
- Adjust the thermostat in your home (changing the temperature by just one degree can save you 10% on your energy use in a year).
- Transition bill paying to online and/or switch to paperless mail, when possible.
- Start a recycling program in your home or expand it to include composting efforts.
Family Friendly Ideas
- Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them.
- Tell someone you know that you are proud of them.
- Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them.
- Create or print positive notes to leave on the bathroom mirror for someone that you live with.
Print Positive Notes
- Send a Valentine’s e-card to neighbors or family members.
- Color pictures for people you love and put them in the mail.
- Help with a household chore at home or do someone else’s chores.
- Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up.
- Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal.
- Spend time playing with your pet.
- Paint a rock with a kind message and leave it for someone to find.
- Make your parents breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Don’t fight with your siblings.
- Lead a prayer before a meal.
- If you do a kind act anonymously, leave one of these cards to “tag” the recipient to pass on the kindness.
Print: Acts of Kindness Card
- After carrying out your act of kindness, share your story to help inspire others.
Share your Story
- Check out stories from other members of our Southwood family.