For 2018 I decided to embark on a 52 weeks of kindness challenge. It was a fantastic experience and it is certainly something I will continue in 2019. Here’s a brief summary of each week:
Donate unwanted Christmas presents. Donate to a refuge, homeless service, hospital, direct provision centre, animal sanctuary etc.
Practice empathy. ”You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” Harper Lee.
Donate a sleeping bag to a homeless service.
Switch to cruelty free cosmetics.
Donate to Oscar’s DIPG Fund (Makeup Monster).
Celebrate the women in your life on Galentine’s Day.
Tell someone you love them.
Support dogs for the disabled.
Support the Irish Heart Foundation by buying a temporary tattoo.
Buy a bracelet for Make A Wish.
Support Daffodil Day.
Text DRCC to 50300 to donate €2 to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (I still believe her).
Buy a purple rose in aid of the 65 Roses campaign from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
Donate to Together for Yes.
Plant bee friendly flowers.
Send doggy treats to the DSPCA (or any other dog sanctuary).
Wear a green ribbon and support the See Change campaign.
Contribute to and support Darkness into Light.
Get involved with Together for Yes.
Vote Yes and Repeal the 8th.
Send beautiful Oscar a birthday card (Makeup Monster).
Help Avril beat Lyme disease (A paler Shade of Beauty).
If you can, tell your dad you love him. If you can’t, look after yourself and if you know a friend is going through a hard time, support them and contact them on Father’s Day.
Become a Kitty Angel and set up a monthly standing order of €5 to Phibsboro Cat Rescue.
Help Joanne make a difference and donate to her fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society (Lipstick n Leopard Print).
Donate sanitary products to Homeless Period Ireland.
Support Robyn’s fight.
Help out with the vet bills for Hedgehog Rescue Dublin.
Help feed the homeless. If you can support Friends Helping Friends by making some sandwiches or hot food and bring it to the food stand at 8pm each Saturday outside Londis near O’Connell Bridge (South Side).
Replace disposable cups with reusable ones.
Ask the question: are you feeling suicidal?
Adopt don’t shop.
Vote in the presidential election (Michael D). Do not support discrimination.
Buy shopping for a family in need.
Participate in Team Hope’s Shoebox Appeal.
Stop and talk to a homeless person (and ask them if they want tea / coffee / sandwiches).
Let go of judgement and prejudice.
Support small and local business.
Be a decent customer, don’t take it out on retail staff.
Be a voice for positive change. Write to your representatives and TDs.
Be a considerate driver. Remember we were all learners once. Don’t text and drive.
Reach out to someone who is grieving.
Become an organ donor.
Try to be a considerate colleague.
Support the Vincent De Paul appeal.
Visit and care for the elderly.
Learn to adopt a greener life.