Kindess Challenges

October 27 It’s true, there really is a “Haunted Refrigerator Night” celebrated October 30, encouraging people to take the plunge to clean their scary frig.  This week, be kind and help someone clean out their refrigerator. We all have mysterious foods in foil, Tupperware, and other containers lurking in the back of the shelves and drawers.  Someone has to do it – we tag you!

October 20 Everyone has a special feature, function or app on their ipad or phone they simply love. It’s important to continue learning and keeping current with ever-changing technology. Talk technology with someone this week and share/exchange a tip or an app that you feel might be particularly helpful to them. Together, build your skills.

October 13 Autumn brings colorful leaves, pumpkin spice everything, Oktoberfest, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.  This week Marco Islanders eagerly await the annual MLC Oktoberfest festival. Invite a neighbor, friend or family member to join you next Sunday and come celebrate this longstanding tradition of good food, fellowship and merrymaking.  Buy Tickets in advance.  “Servus!”

October 6 World Mental Health Day, October 10th, is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.  This year’s theme is suicide prevention.  Sign on to www.TED.com and watch a talk on Suicide Prevention.  Discuss it with friends and family.  We might suggest  “The Bridge Between Suicide and Life”, presented by Sgt. Kevin Briggs. www.ted.com\speakers\kevin_briggs.  The information could save a life.

September 29 Today is National Coffee Day. While the majority of coffee drinkers emphasize the energy a hot cup of joe gives them, most coffee fanatics will agree that it's really all about the morning ritual. Pick up a cup of coffee for a co-worker, friend, family member or someone else you care about. Wish them a great day during the hand-off, and let’s hope coffee really does help our memory!

September 22 Day and night are the same length during the autumnal equinox. As a result, ancient cultures have always associated this day with the concept of balance. Adopting a positive mindset and staying away from negative influences is essential to a balanced life. Read and share Philippians 4:8. Encourage positivity.

September 15 This week we celebrate sobriety and all those who work valiantly to remain in recovery. If you know someone on this journey, congratulate them on a job well done. Every day sober is a great celebration. Sit with them and add up the months and years of sobriety and underscore the many reasons to celebrate.

September 8 Proverbs 17:6 - Grandchildren are the crown of the aged…  We honor grandparents this week. While we ALL have a tendency to brag about our grandchildren, let’s give other grandparents the opportunity to brag about theirs.  Ask what they did this summer with their grandkids; ask to see a picture; ask them about favorite moments. Share their jewels.

September 1 According to the US Census Bureau, over 13M U.S. workers have more than one job.  Restaurant servers top the list of “Best Ideas for Second Jobs”. This week as we recognize Labor Day and are dining out, let’s honor our server by leaving a ridiculously generous tip!  Add a note. Make them smile. Perhaps it is their second job and they are laboring especially hard.

August 25 Dogs provide companionship; keep us safe; and aid those in need. This week National Dog Day is recognized. Purchase a bag of doggy treats - and after you ask the owners - hand them out all week; send a donation to the Humane Society; consider a doggy adoption; or offer to walk your neighbor’s dog. Give love to our 4-legged friends!

August 18 Approximately 47.8 M seniors live in the U.S. While we may be a senior ourselves, it’s likely we know individuals who are not as active, independent or healthy as we are.  If you know someone in assisted living or in a nursing home stop by for a visit, give a hug, bring a treat and celebrate the decades of their life.

August 11 Doctors agree stress reduction improves overall health. We all know someone who is dealing with a particularly stressful situation. Encourage them to take a moment for themselves. Even better ask them to lunch, to go shopping, fishing, walking,to see a movie, discuss a book, or sit quietly in nature together. The possibilities for relaxation and rest are endless.

August 4 Teachers in Collier County return to their classrooms this week.  National data shows 94% of public school teachers say they spend their own money on classroom supplies, the average being $479. If you know a teacher, reach out to them and offer a donation.  
Alternatively, adopt a classroom at a local school, or in your home town, or where a grandchild attends.

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July 28 The UN General Assembly designated July 30 as International Day of Friendship recognizing friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment to humans around the world.  To honor this bond, text 3 friends, old neighbors, co-workers or classmates you have not had contact with, for months or maybe years, and let them know you are thinking of them.

July 21 In 1984, President Reagan established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month.  This week treat a friend or the person standing in line behind you to a hot fudge sundae at McDonalds or an ice cream cone at one of the island ice cream shops.  Smile and enjoy the experience of sharing a summer time treat!

July 14 This week Camp Able begins at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco. We celebrate the nurturing, supportive environment which is created for individuals with “diverse-abilities”. This week, make a point to stand up for someone who is challenged with special needs. Be their champion. Be their friend

July 7 Today is World Chocolate Day!!! This week give chocolate or a homemade dessert to your bank teller, financial advisor, or attorney and let them know how secure and prepared they make you feel.

June 30 As we celebrate the birth of our democracy this week, confirm the young people (18+) in your life are registered to vote. If not, explain the importance of voting to them and encourage them to register! Information on what needs to be done can be found online at www.usa.gov/register-to-vote.

June 23 Summer heat is upon us. Our bodies on average are 60%-70% water so we must hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to stay healthy. Hand out a bottle or two of cold water to people in the park, at the beach, or to hardworking construction and landscaping crews.

June 16 A 2019 Harvard study cites connection to friends and family as the number one predictor of happiness and longevity. This week as we honor fathers, invite a dad who may be alone for a meal and share personal parenting memories or memories of how your fathers parented. Then, have a laugh as to how times have changed!!

June 9 This week we celebrate Flag Day and the freedoms, individual rights and justice, Old Glory represents. Fly a flag with honor; Dispose of old flags with honor at the VFW box; and on Friday, when you are out and about, pass out a hand held flag to a stranger, and proclaim “May God Bless you and America”.

June 2 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 Think about someone you have been at odds with because you insisted on being right. Perhaps you have been too stubborn, too set in your ways, too unwilling to listen and compromise. This week, look for common ground and make things right with a parent, a sister, a brother, a neighbor, a friend, a child, a co-worker. If necessary, apologize and forgive.

May 26 On Memorial Day we honor persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Express your gratitude to families who have lost loved ones while serving. If you don’t know anyone, then express gratitude to an active service member. Go to supportourtroops.org or operationgratitude.com for guidelines and mailing instructions for writing a letter to a deployed soldier.

May 19 May is Mental Health Awareness Month. With approximately 1 in 5 Americans experiencing a mental health condition in a given year, we ALL know somebody who is challenged with a mental health issue. Don’t ignore them. This week, reach out to that person(s); ask them earnestly how they are doing and listen to their response. If they express a need, try to address it. Let them know you are available and that you care. Share hope.

May 12 It is said loving mothers are a gift to all humanity because they show us what God is like. Offer a sincere compliment/praise to a mother (whether that’s your daughter, your own mother, your sister, your friend, or someone you observe in public) on the job they are doing or have done for their children.

May 5 We all appreciate friendly, efficient customer service. If you receive excellent service this week, take notice of the associate’s name and make a point to contact their supervisor to commend and praise that associate’s
effort.

April 27 Thomas had doubts about the Resurrection of Jesus and needed a firsthand experience to believe. Many people have doubts and struggle with faith. If you know someone who is struggling with reconciling faith and reason, share at least one experience from your personal faith journey that helped develop your relationship with Jesus.

April 21 In this Season of extravagant LOVE, where God would give HIS only Son so that we may have new life, we invite you to share your love with a friend or relative. Mail a card or handwritten note (not a text or e-mail) to someone telling them a few reasons why you love them.

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