70 Acts of Kindness Ideas

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This season is a feel-good season. Families will soon come together for a Thanksgiving meal, then the lights will start to twinkle, and before you know it the smell of Christmas is in the air… Plus it is sweater weather (and everyone knows sweater weather is better weather).

People are statistically more generous this time of year. (Which is why food banks tend to be full around the holidays and empty mid-summer.)

Here are 70 ideas for random acts of kindness to perform this season.

Also, if you are working through The Ultimate Autumn Bucket List, this will help you check #4 – “Do a Random Act of Kindness” off the list.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Princess Diana

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”


“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou
Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com


  1. Ask a senior citizen about their life
  2. Share your umbrella
  3. Buy Christmas gifts for a needy family
  4. Send cards to sick children
  5. Bake something for someone
  6. Use a blogger’s affiliate links
  7. Write letters to military members
  8. Call your grandparents
  9. Sign up to be an organ donor
  10. Thank someone for the difference they have made
  11. Mow the lawn for your neighbor
  12. Donate books you’ve read
  13. Offer to take someone’s picture
  14. Give a bag of groceries to your local food pantry
  15. Do a chore your spouse or sibling hates
  16. Buy a meal for a service member or first responder
  17. Leave a positive review for an employee or business
  18. Leave a note or a dollar in a library book
  19. Write a thank you note, or make cookies for your mailman/woman
  20. Hold the door for someone
  21. Shop locally/shop small
  22. Chat with the shy person at the party
  23. Give your favorite book to a friend
  24. Play the piano at a nursing home
  25. Donate to an animal shelter
  26. Plant a tree
  27. Give up your seat for someone
  28. Donate to Locks of Love
  29. Write a list of things you adore about someone – and give them the list
  30. Help someone who has a flat tire
  31. Brag on an employee to their boss/manager
  32. Compliment a stranger
  33. Helps someone out at the grocery store who is short on cash
  34. Put an extra quarter in at the laundromat, vending machine, or parking meter
  35. Pick up and return something someone dropped
  36. Let someone cut in front of you in the checkout line
  37. Leave a big tip for your waiter/waitress
  38. Put your shopping cart back in the cart bay
  39. Pay for someone behind you at the toll booth, drive-thru, or movie theater
  40. Give someone else the last cookie or slice of pizza
  41. Pick up litter when you see it
  42. Participate in a 5k that supports a cause you care about
  43. Leave notes of encouragement on people’s windshields
  44. Prepare a meal from scratch for your family or friends
  45. Donate blood
  46. Send a handwritten letter
  47. Hold the elevator for someone
  48. Rake leaves for a neighbor
  49. Take a day to not complain
  50. Spread some encouragement online (“this is a great photo”, “love your smile” …)
  51. Send coloring books to kids in the hospital
  52. Make someone a handmade scarf or blanket
  53. Tutor a student struggling in your favorite subject
  54. Reconnect with old friends
  55. Tell a joke to make someone laugh
  56. Cut out coupons and stick them on related items
  57. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen
  58. Donate supplies to your local animal shelter
  59. Recycle
  60. Offer to walk your neighbor’s dog
  61. Donate a new toy to Toys for Tots or to a local children’s hospital, or orphanage
  62. Take flowers from a wedding or party to your local nursing home
  63. Say “Thank you” even for the little things
  64. Collect soda tabs for the Roald McDonald House
  65. Donate stuffed animals to the police (for children)
  66. Hand out gloves/mittens to the homeless
  67. Hide a few dollar bills around the dollar store
  68. Join your local volunteer fire department
  69. Leave a positive note or quote on the bathroom mirror
  70. For a whole day, smile at everyone you see

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Hebrews 13:2

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