Celebrate GOOD DEEDS DAY on March 9

Posted by: Shel Harrington 12 Comments

Good deed dayThe seventh annual Good Deed Day is being celebrated on March 9, 2014. This international event was started in 2007 to encourage people to  focus on good and do good in simple ways – in the form of a ‘good deed.’ And what a wonderful response has resulted! To read about the story and mission of this event, click HERE.

Participation is easy and fun for the whole family. Simply decide on a good deed you would like to do and commit to doing it on March 9, 2014. If you want to go to the Good Deed website and make an official pledge, it takes less than a minute and your deed will be counted in with all the other participants. They’ll even send you a reminder about the pledge. But you don’t have to make it official to participate – just do it!

Here are five suggestions for a good deed:

1. Encourage. Write a note, send a card, or give a call to someone who could use a word of encouragement.

2. Pay somebody’s electric bill. With these record colds, many are struggling to keep the heat on. Check with your pastor or a school counselor to see if they know of someone who has a need. You can present your gift through your referral source to be anonymous.

3. Visit somebody who is lonely. If a name doesn’t immediately come to mind, again your pastor might be a good source to find out about somebody who is alone. Or you could check with a staff member at a local nursing home to learn about a resident that doesn’t have family. If permissible, bringing your pet along can be a real pick-me-up for someone who is lonely.

4. Gift a plant. Put it anonymously on someone’s porch. Or drop it off to that small business that treats you so well.

5. Tip a fast-food employee. Let them know you appreciate their positive attitude or the job they do. I can (almost) guarantee you that you will see a face light up!

These are my suggestions. To find more, check the list on the Good Deed site – it will scroll down when you hit ‘participation.’ You can also read through pledges that others have made for more inspiration!

Good deeds dayDO YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR GOOD DEEDS? PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS!

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  • Shel, what a beautiful post! Touching and inspiring details, and a loving nudge in the right direction.

    One of the things my mother and I did when I was a child was actually done twice in the same month. On May Day and again on Mother’s Day, we made little baskets out of colored construction paper, filled them with fresh yard flowers, wrote anonymous notes wishing the recipients blessings and happiness. It was my job to run up to the front doors of lonely neighbors and people we knew wouldn’t be remembered on those days, hang a basket from the front door, ring the bell, and hurry away. For us, good deeds remained anonymous so there was no need to repay or even thank. Also, that way the recipients suspected MANY of liking them, caring for them, praying for them.

    • Shel Harrington

      Talk about creating memories, Marylin! That’s a fun one. I especially liked your last line. I never thought about the added benefit of anonymity: the recipient wondering which one of MANY liked, cared and prayed!

  • Like Luanne, I try to make every day a good deed day. Number 3 is very important to me, loneliness can be debilitating, especially in the elderly. I call my 88 year old aunt, who lives alone, every day.
    Today is also my beautiful mother’s 75th birthday! 🙂

    • Shel Harrington

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JILL’S MOM!!! Will you please pass that along for me, Jill? I hope that she has a special day and that you are able to celebrate with her!

  • Thanks so much. I’m hoping to do some conscious “good deeds” with my kiddos as a summer project. These ideas are great prompts!

    • Shel Harrington

      The site was loaded with them. To make it even more fun for the kids, put a bunch of options in a jar and let them take turns picking out the day’s deed!

  • Kelly

    My sweet 70+ year old neighbor brings my trash cans back to my house from the street EVERY Friday! I have tried to think of ways to say thank you – I think a plant or a card to show him that he is appreciated is a great idea! THANK YOU!

    • Shel Harrington

      Now that’s a neighbor! Hope you have a great weekend, Kelly!

  • Fabulous idea, Shel! My mind is buzzing…!

    • Shel Harrington

      Hope it’s not too much caffeine! I know you are a good-deed doer on a regular basis already – March 9 is just a time to see magnified efforts.

  • I try to do something every day, but your list is good–and I hadn’t even thought of #5. Duh. I’ll try it the next time I visit a fast food restaurant!

    • Shel Harrington

      I love that Luanne. An apple a day may keep the doctor away but a good deed a day may keep negativity away!

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