Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 22nd is Be An Angel Day

Make the world a better place through acts of kindness that show care and support on Be An Angel Day. Every member of your family can reach out to help someone in need. Select a neighbor, friend, or family member who needs help and do a good deed.

There's all kinds of acts of kindness and good deeds suitable to Be An Angel Day. Sometimes it's physical work, and sometimes it's caring attention. Here are some ideas for yourwhole family.

1. If an elderly neighbor lives alone, bake a plate of cookies and make a pitcher of lemonade. Take it over  and share your goodies, but most important spend some quality time with them. Sit and talk, but mostly listen. The elderly have so many life experiences to share. There is history and wisdom behind the wrinkles. You and your children will enjoy this and maybe learn a thing or two.

2. Make up I.O.U cards. On the back of each card put:

1 Household Chore.
No Expiration Date!

Pass the cards out to friends and family with a temporary or permanent disability. Maybe a friend broke his leg and would appreciate the lawn being mowed. Maybe a family member is in a wheelchair and would appreciate you cleaning out the kitchen cabinets.

3. If you know of someone who is having a hard time feeding their family, make up a gift basket of fruit and treats that they normally could not afford and leave it on their doorstep with a From Your Guardian Angel card.

4. Go around to your neighbors and collect clothes that are no longer needed and bring them to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Then spend some time distributing the clothing to the needy.

5. Write an anonymous letter of appreciation to someone who deserves it...
To a parent who spends night and day carrying for a child with a disibility.
To a son or daughter who cares for an elderly parent.
To a friend or neighbor who volunteers time to a local charity.
To your church youth group leader.

6. Never miss a random act of kindness...

If you are in a store and someone is short a dollar or less, give them what they need.
If you see someone with a flat tire, stop and help them change it.
If you see a child(ren) picking on another child, step in and put a stop to it. Make sure the child gets where they need to go safely.
If you see someone overloaded with packages, offer to carry a couple.

Remember that Be An Angel Day is about acts of kindness, not recognition.

Ephesians 2:8-10 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

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