17 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

By Kimberley Borgens

Are you the kind of person who does Random Acts of Kindness? The month of November is the start of the holiday season and is a good time to be kind and reap the rewards of giving and sharing. It feels good and it makes someone else feel good too. So here are some random acts of kindness ideas to help you get started or to share with others and create a movement of kindness.


1.  Set aside one weekend to volunteer at an animal shelter, food bank, church, elderly care home, or homeless shelter. Taking time out of your day to help others shows that you not only care for your community but also the people/animals that inhabit it.

2.  Be a mentor to someone who needs support. Volunteer to tutor at your child’s school or take a young person joining the workforce under your wing.

3.  Donate blood/platelets or ask others to participate in a blood drive.

4.  Drop off a new teddy bear or two to your local police department to give to children of traumatic situations.

5.  Gift your favorite book to someone. (A new copy or your copy that you haven’t taken off the shelf in a while.)

6.  Give a lottery ticket to a stranger or two.

7.  Leave surprise notes for your family to find telling them how much they mean to you, how they make you laugh, or put a smile on your face. This act of kindness can be done daily throughout the year! (It never gets old.)

8.  Look for something that can be fixed, picked up, or attended to and take care of it. Your skills are useful and needed all around you.

9.  Offer free babysitting so a mom/dad can have a date night. Babysitting is much needed and appreciated at most churches as well. Volunteer your time!

10.   Tip and say thank you to the person in the drive-thru that gives you your order. It will make their day!

11.   Make care packages of toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, razors, deodorant, bottles of water, etc., and give out to homeless men and women in your area.

12.   Pay for the dessert for a table at a restaurant anonymously. Most wait staff will help out and be excited to deliver the news.

13.   Help someone who is looking for a job. Write a referral or help them network. Even keeping an eye out for job openings can go a long way for someone who is having trouble in this area.

14.   Invite someone new to your house for dinner. Whether it’s a co-worker or neighbor, expanding your circle of friends is always a kind thing to do. Even if they decline, your offer will most likely be appreciated!

15.   Send flowers to your spouse, parent, and/or child at their place of employment. Attach a note saying just how special that person is to you.

16.   Put together a writing kit with stationery, envelopes and stamps, and pen and give to a hospital or nursing home.

17. This act is for you! It is likely you will make a mistake, hurt someone’s feelings accidentally or let a secret slip sometimes. Give yourself grace for things you have not done so well. Move on and be willing to take notice of the good that you do even when it is tough. We can do 30 great things in a day and truly focus on the ones we did not do so well. Be kind to you too!

To get started on your kind acts, download the random acts of kindness tags and share with people as you brighten their days.

Kimberley Borgens

About the author

Kimberley Borgens was married at 18, a mother at 19, and divorced at 20, she has journeyed from being a single mom on welfare to recognizing her strengths, fighting for what she believes in, and successfully building 5 thriving businesses with hundreds of employees and million-dollar budgets. Kimberley is a speaker, business mentor, and coaches her clients to transform their small business into a thriving business. Kimberley is living her own legacy as she inspires and motivates women to be fearless, become more like a CEO of their business and life, and enjoy the freedom they've dreamed of. She knows what it's like to start from nothing and build a strong solid business and she can help you too.

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