The season of giving is quickly approaching, so why not get a head start? Performing kind deeds is a great way to help others and make yourself feel good. A random act of kindness can turn someone’s day around. Since the weather is cooling down, you can add a little sunshine and warmth to a stranger with these simple ideas.
1. Rake someone’s leaves.
Consider any of your neighbors or relatives that aren’t as mobile as they used to be. They could probably use some help clearing their yards of fallen leaves. Our Care Links care receivers often need this assistance, along with our many office locations. Raking leaves helps others, and it also is a great way to get some exercise, making it a double-whammy activity. Contact us at 518-399-4624 for more details.
2. Go on a clean-up nature walk.
Fall is a fantastic season in which to spend time outdoors. The air is crisp, the leaves have turned beautiful colors, and the temperatures are perfect. Consider taking advantage of the beautiful weather by going on a walk through nature. You could bring a trash bag and a picking tool to clean up garbage along the way. By doing so, you’d be keeping your community clean and getting to soak up the beauty that autumn has to offer.
3. Write an encouraging note to a loved one.
If you know someone who’s been struggling with a dilemma lately, try sending them a thoughtful note. You telling them you care about them will go further than you might think. Consider writing it on fall-themed stationery for a fun touch. Words of affirmation are incredibly powerful, yet incredibly simple, ways to spread some kindness. Either write them down, or say them to you someone you care about, the next time you feel like brightening someone’s day.
4. Help out at your local community center.
CAPTAIN CHS' Cheryl's Lodge Outreach Center provides numerous activities for area youth during the fall, including events and programs like Homework Help. Think about making the most of your time by volunteering to support Cheryl's Lodge. Contact us at 518-399-4624 for more details.
5. Drop off food at a food pantry.
If you have a backyard garden, consider taking some fresh produce to our food bank, Karyl's Kupboard. We'll be thankful for your gracious donation, and so will those community members who frequent it. You’ll feel good knowing the hard work you put into your garden is helping people in need.
6. Make a meal for your neighbor.
Few things show you care quite like a home-cooked meal. Try bringing a yummy fall dish to your neighbor next time you feel like doing something kind for others. You could also invite them over for a meal. It’s a great way to get to know a new neighbor or grow closer to friendly one. Or, put together a box or basket for Thanksgiving that we can distribute to an area family in need. Call 518-371-1185 for more details.
Fall is a great time to show others you care. These simple acts of kindness can go a long way in the eyes of others, and they can make you feel good, too.