It has been one month since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My heart still aches for those lost and their families, my tears still flow frequently, my arms still hug my own children as often as possible, sometimes with a bittersweet feeling that it could have been one of them, my mind still struggles to find ways to help and console and heal.
I am touched and inspired by her idea and plan to join her. Nothing will ever take away the heartache of mourning those precious children and dedicated educators, but perhaps increasing the kindness and love that we give to those around us can be one small step toward healing our hearts and this crazy world.
Here are some RAOK ideas that I've collected and plan to use in my community...feel free to use them in your neighborhood too and spread the kindness!
Feed parking meters
Pay for someone on line behind you (at a coffee shop, toll booth, deli, ice cream shop, etc.)
Hand out balloons to children or hospitalized patients
Tape money to vending machines
Hand out gift cards
Bring cookies/ doughnuts/ coffee to local police/ fire fighters/ EMTs/ nurses with thank you notes
Deliver stuffed animals/ art supplies/ books to a children's hospital
Pick up trash at a local playground or park
Deliver a flower arrangement to a hospital or nursing home ask a nurse to give it to whoever needs it most
Donate clothes/ shoes/ coats/ diapers to a homeless shelter or local church
May tomorrow's sun rise over a more peaceful and less violent world.