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#26 Acts Of Kindness - Ann Curry Style

Updated on December 20, 2012

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#26 Acts of Kindness

Like many of us, Ann Curry asked herself, “What can I do?” after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Unlike many of us, she decided to put action to her thoughts. She suggested that each of us do 26 acts of kindness – one for each victim.

I really like this idea. This is an idea that I want to run with. When school returns in session in the new year, I am going to encourage each of my kindergarten and first grade students to do 26 acts of kindness. I probably will not explain to them the significance of the 26 acts. So far they haven’t brought up the tragedy, and I am not ready to share it with them. They are still too young. They don’t need to know. They just need to know that they can help others and that it makes us feel good to help other people.

In the meantime, during our Christmas break, I will begin my own 26 acts of kindness. I’m not sure about all of the things I will do, but I will present a list of 26 ideas. I may do these, I may do others. I may do something else entirely, but at least this will be a start.

1. Bake cookies for a neighbor.

2. Bring books to the Children’s Home.

3. Bring old towels and blankets to the Humane Society.

4. Pay for someone’s bill at the drive-thru.

5. Bake cookies for the nursing home across the street.

6. Read books to the kids at a daycare.

7. Bring canned goods to the food bank.

8. Give blood.

9. Donate teddy bears to the police department to use for children in need.

10. Hold a car wash – donate proceeds to a worthy charity.

11. Shovel snow from the neighbor’s walk.

12. Bring lunch to a homeless person.

13. Take blankets, socks and warm clothes to the homeless shelter.

14. Hand out roses or other flowers to women in the maternity ward at the hospital.

15. Sit with someone in a hospice.

16. Help an elderly person clean their home.

17. Donate toys to Toys for Tots.

18. Buy dollar lottery tickets and give them to random strangers.

19. Make Christmas cards for those will be hospitalized on Christmas day.

20. Adopt a family for Christmas – provide gifts and dinner.

21. Pick an Angel from the Angel Tree and buy a gift.

22. Donate toiletries to the Women’s Shelter.

23. Make sure kids get return letters from Santa.

24. Provide games to the Ronald McDonald house.

25. Take cookies or pies to the police station.

26. Take cookies or pies to the fire station.

This is just a list of ideas to get me started. I may do each one of these, but I might do a few and be inspired to do something different. It doesn’t really make any difference – as long as at least 26 acts of kindness are done, I’ll be happy.

And if I could encourage at least 26 others to do the same – well – what a wonderful holiday I will have!

Just remember what Ann Curry said, “'If you do good, you'll feel good!”

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      Steve 4 years ago from Arizona

      Indeed I am. It's just who I am. And BTW, we have a granddaughter named Olivia too!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      azskyman - thanks for reading! It's funny that you chose to remember Olivia Engel - hers is the name I remember most, as well, mostly because I have a granddaughter named Olivia. There are many kind things that I do every day, that I don't even think about. When I was trying to come up with the list I realized I already do many of them. You are probably the same way!

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      Steve 4 years ago from Arizona

      The day after the shooting, I vowed never to forget the name of Olivia Engel, one of the victims. No particular reason for Olivia, but I didn't care to remember the shooter's name. I haven't always done it, but as bullets were flying over my head in a crossfire in Vietnam, I vowed to do something nice, to show appreciation, to encourage someone in need every day. That was 43 years ago. I try every day. Your list reminds us all of the importance of remembering; of doing something in honor of another.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks for reading expertscolumn! I'm glad you liked the Ronald McDonalds house idea

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      Stanley Soman 4 years ago from New York

      I love "Provide games to the Ronald McDonald house."

      What a thoughtful thing to do, If if was in the RMD house i'd want to play some games and not be bored. Its something I'd certainly appreciate.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Catgypsy...the idea came from Ann Curry...and you may steal add many ideas from the list as you want! Thanks four reading!

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      What a great idea and what a great list you have! I may steal a lot of them for my own list. Thanks for sharing this.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Kimberly....thanks for reading! Glad I could help with some ideas!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      I was trying to figure out what I could do for my 26 acts. Thanks for sharing your list. Very helpful!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks for reading lovedoctor!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      B.Leekley...you are right...no reason to stop...I am very familiar with billybuc ...I was going to link thus with H.O.W. and just forgot...thank you four reading!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Victoria...I can't wait to see yours! Of course I'll link mine to yours as well!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Wiley....I am glad that you are participating...I hope many more will too!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank...thank you for reading!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      These are some very good random acts of kindness.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Excellent concept. No reason to stop at 26. Do an act of kindness for every child in the world in your lifetime killed or maimed by crazy killers, crazy wars, left behind weapons of war, careless accidents, extreme poverty, and neglect, and none of us will be able to catch up. I recently read of a world renowned theologian-philosopher who when asked near the end of his life what he had learned from the world's religions that summed up their teachings, and he said, "Try to be a little kinder." In Boy Scouts long ago I learned to do at least one good turn every day, anonymously, without expectation of reward or recognition. My resolution is to renew that practice in my life. By the way, have you been reading the H.O.W. Humanity One World themed hubs that billybuc started? It's in the same spirit of doing something positive to replace fear, hate, and violence in the world with love and kindness. The 26 Acts of Kindness hub fits the theme very well.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've been reading about this 26 Acts of Kindness, too, and have similar ideas for a hub. It's different enough, though, so I'll still write it--after Christmas sometime. I'll link yours to mine when I'm finished. I think this is a great idea!

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      Anna 4 years ago from Auburn, Indiana

      This is great and I intend to do this as well I'm very excited actually and love to see so many people eager to participate!!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      great idea 26 acts of kindness... hmm :)

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Fiddleman...thank you for reading! I wish I could take credit for it, but it was Ann Curry from NBC that started this...I'm just doing my small part by spreading the word!

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      Fiddleman 4 years ago

      What a great idea! Healing is needed for this horrible tragedy which broke the heart of our nation and the very Heart of God. You are a good person and have noble thoughts.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      This is such a wonderful idea. I just shared on my FB and pray it will continue to spread. Thank you again for sharing.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you Sunnie! I really appreciate the share! It would be great if we could get everyone that wastouched by this tragedy to do these acts of kindness!

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      This is such a fantastic idea and gives us all a feeling of doing something in memory of these precious children and teachers. Thank you so much for sharing. I too will spread the word and start my 26 day of kindness. Up and away and will share.

      God bless you

      Sunnie

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you gmwilliams! I really appreciate your kind words!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is a very beautiful, inspirational, and heartfelt hub. You have elucidated many points of lovingkindness. The world would be a much better place if such acts were practiced. This hub should be required reading for all.