The 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!