Thanks to everyone who participated in Kindness Week this year. We heard great stories of strangers paying for the food of the car behind them at a number of drive thru restaurants. We also heard the students and staff of St. Dominic School really embraced Kindness Week and it spread throughout the school. Kelly Maroney writes “St. Dominic School celebrated kindness this week in many ways. Students and staff posted acts of kindness that were seen around the school or at home on our Kindness Zone bulletin board for all to see. At mass this week, the 7th graders focused on the spirit of love. Afterwards, each student and staff were given a heart with the words “The spirit of love is here” and were encouraged to give the heart to someone who showed love or post it somewhere that love was shown. Our school had lots of hearts all around! Amidst all the love was giving. The 1st graders led a service project called Pennies for Patients, which raises money for leukemia. Together with the school, they raised over $800 for the cause!”

Way to go St. Dominic School and everyone who participated. Kindness Week might be over this year, but any day is a good day for an act of kindness…pass it on.

National Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 10th-16th, 2014

Printable Kindness Week Outline 2014

5th Bridge invites everyone to participate in Random Acts of Kindness week and experience the “utter joy” that comes from doing good things for others. To help get things started, here is a template for the week complete with a daily theme, thought for the day, and a few ideas or tips to make it easy to participate.

Printable Moo kindness game flyer 2014

100 Ideas for Kindness
Day 1 (Mon. Feb 10th) Printable Day 1 sign 2014
Theme: Say Something Nice, give sincere compliments to everyone you greet
Quotes for the Day: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”
-Mother Teresa
“If someone were to pay you 10 cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”
Ideas/tips: Compliment the person, not their possessions (you have a great sense of style vs nice outfit) Praise the cook; Praise a classmate’s project; Praise a co-workers job performance; send a thank you card to someone who made a difference to you; etc.
Day 2 (Tues. Feb. 11th) -Printable Day 2 sign 2014
Theme: Be kind to a stranger, do something nice for someone you don’t know
Quotes for the Day: “A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward”
-William John Bennet
Ideas/tips: Scrape the snow off a stranger’s car, sit with someone you don’t know at lunch, take flowers or treats to someone in a nursing home who doesn’t get many visitors, buy an extra soda or coffee and hand it to someone you don’t know, give another driver your parking spot; give a pair of tickets for an event or movie to a stranger, etc.
Day 3 (Wed. Feb 12th)Printable Day 3 sign 2014
Theme: Value friendship, do a good deed for a friend.
Quotes for the Day: “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ideas/tips: Mend a relationship or reconnect with an old friend; tell your friends why you appreciate them; give your friend a small thoughtful gift; treat your friend to lunch or coffee; give your friends a hug; etc.
Day 4 (Thurs. Feb. 13th)Printable Day 4 sign 2014
Theme: Give generously, donate to a good cause.
Quotes for the Day: “A Person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world”
Ideas/tips: Donate to your favorite charity; donate books to the school or library; sort through your clothes and donate nice unwanted in season clothes to the Clothes Closet; donate your change to a good cause; etc.
Day 5 (Fri. Feb 14th) -Printable Day 5 sign 2014
Theme: Make a new friend today, it will bring both of you good luck.
Quotes for the Day: “A friend is a stranger you have yet to meet”
-Walt Disney
Ideas/tips: Sit with someone new at lunch; take a treat to a new neighbor; invite someone you would like to get to know better for lunch or coffee; be a friend to a new student or co-worker; etc.
Day 6 (Sat. Feb 15th)Printable Day 6 sign 2014
Theme: Reach out to someone, who is going through a hard time or just having a bad day.
Quotes for the Day: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.”
-Sydney Smith
Ideas/tips: Send a card or flowers to a sick friend; take a meal to someone recovering from surgery; run an errand or shovel snow for a neighbor with an illness in the family; volunteer to baby-sit for a few hours to give a single parent a break; etc.
Day 7 (Sun. Feb. 16th)Printable Day 7 sign 2014
Theme: Be kind to your family
Quotes for the Day: “Families are like fudge…mostly sweet with a few nuts.”
-Author Unknown
Ideas/tips: Help with chores; give your family members hugs; tell your family you love them, etc.
The Future … Printable Future sign 2014
Theme: Pass it on and keep it going
Quotes for the Day: “Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; twas not given for thee alone, pass it on; let it travel down the years, let it wipe another’s tears, till in heaven the deed appears, pass it on.”
-Henry Burton
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”
-John Wesley
Ideas/tips: Take the 5th Bridge volunteer pledge, we will encourage you to continue your good work and we will help make it easier by giving you service and kindness ideas.

The week might be over, but we hope you will develop the habit of doing random acts of kindness and keep passing it on.

Additional Resources:

If you have any questions or ideas to make this celebration of Random Acts of Kindness more meaningful then email [email protected] or call Candy Taylor at 507-581-3017