Random Acts of Kindness
Sometimes the smallest gesture makes all the difference in someone’s day. Holding the door open for them, providing a kind word or delivering a cheerful greeting are all random acts of kindness that go a long way toward spreading joy. NIMCO can help deliver that joy with gifts and activities that promote Random Acts of Kindness.
Join us as we share the many ways you can implement random acts of kindness in your school, at home or in the office.
What Year Was Red Ribbon Week Established?
Drug-free Red Ribbon Week is celebrated each year October 23rd through 31st and is recognized by schools, communities, and organizations across the country. While Red Ribbon Month is celebrated in some communities, it is typically observed during the last week of October which holds the title of the official Red Ribbon Week.
Teaching Others About Random Acts of Kindness
Being kind comes naturally to some people, while others need a gentle reminder to slow down and share kindness with one another. One way to remember kindness is through the use of promotional materials. Following are some examples:
- Kindness Banners: During Random Acts of Kindness Week, hang up banners to remind students and faculty of the importance of kindness.
- Acts of Kindness T-Shirts: Hand out t-shirts to everyone or use them as an incentive to perform random acts of kindness.
- Character-Building Board Games: Spend some time in the classroom playing board games that demonstrate the why and how of random acts of kindness.
- Random Acts of Kindness DVDs: These character-building DVDs demonstrate why kindness is so vital in today’s world.
How Kindness Begins
Often, we need to be kind to ourselves before we can extend kindness to others. As a ramp-up to Random Acts of Kindness Day, it’s often wise to introduce character-building promotionals to students. These materials can teach children how to cope with what’s happening in their lives and ultimately help others who have the same issues.
Teaching Kindness to Children
The best way to teach your children kindness is to live it yourself. When children see that you’re kind to others, it will teach them the right way to be. Open a door for a fellow shopper, have your child join you when helping a neighbor or let them see when you donate to a worthy cause. Also, when you witness your child performing random acts of kindness, be sure to praise them for their thoughtfulness.
How Promotional Products Help
Sharing promotional products with children is a wonderful way to teach them about random acts of kindness. Getting a backpack, colorful pencil or toy with an inspirational message can remind kids that kindness to themselves and others is essential to happiness.
Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness
At home, in the classroom or at the office, random acts of kindness are essential. When people are encouraged to be kind and respectful to one another, it fosters an environment of cooperation and reduces the risk of conflict. Our promotional materials can help you celebrate random acts of kindness.
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Random Acts of Kindness Week Ideas
Produce a podcast about the benefits of sharing ideas thoughtfully. Set up a fund for coworkers living in an area devastated by storms. Or collect supplies for a local animal shelter.
Prepare an event for each day of Random Acts of Kindness Week. One day could be collecting groceries for a local food bank. Another could be writing letters to children in hospitals. Or you could assign students to create artwork to send to nursing home residents.
Donate blankets to a local homeless shelter. Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line. Or bag the groceries for the older adult in front of you at the supermarket.
Frequently Asked Questions About Random Acts of Kindness
For anyone unfamiliar with Random Acts of Kindness Day/Week, we’ve provided answers to some questions on the topic.
If you’d like to know more, please reach out.
In the United States, National Random Acts of Kindness Day takes place every year on February 17. In 2023, Random Acts of Kindness Week is celebrated February 12-18. World Kindness Day is November 13.
There’s really no limit to the random acts of kindness you can perform. A few examples are:
- Providing groceries to a local hunger center
- Sending a cheerful letter to someone in the military
- Leaving a message of encouragement and a small gift card for someone who’s going through difficult times.
The term “random acts of kindness” is part of a phrase penned by Anne Herbert in 1982. The original expression was “random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty,” which was devised as a counterpoint to the phrase “random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty.”
Additional Random Acts of Kindness Resources
Following are additional sources that offer information about Random Acts of Kindness:
- Davis, Tchiki, “Random Acts of Kindness: List of 99+ Ideas & Examples,” Berkeley Well-Being Institute, https://www.berkeleywellbeing.com/random-acts-of-kindness.html
- “History of Random Acts of Kindness Day,” National Today, https://nationaltoday.com/random-act-kindness-day/
- “7 Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do at School,” Boys & Girls Club of America,
- Berry, Elizabeth, “8 Heartwarming Stories to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day 2022,” Woman’s Day, 2/16/2022, https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/a39110694/random-acts-of-kindness-day/
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