24 Acts of Chesed for “24k for 24k”
As our 24k for 24k campaign approaches its end date, we wanted to share some easy acts of chesed that can still be done. One of the most beautiful parts of doing chesed is how easy it is. There’s no need to have a lot of time or money to spread some kindness.
- Give a Compliment – Chesed doesn’t need to be groundbreaking, sometimes it is truly as simple as giving someone a compliment and brightening up their day.
- Make Dinner – Assuming you’re not the one that usually makes dinner, preparing a meal can show the person that you appreciate their hard work.
- Offer to Help – Sometimes, something as small as helping someone unload their groceries can make a huge impact on their day.
- Pick Up the Phone – For many, especially now with countless people on lockdown, receiving a phone call from someone they love will really life their spirits.
- Say Tehillim – We all know the power of tefillah, especially when taking the time to daven for someone else.
- Charity – With the internet placing countless charities at our fingertips, donating money is as easy as ever. And remember, every penny counts, so don’t feel pressure to give more than you can.
- Donate Blood – For those without any health issues, donating blood is a simple and free way to spread some kindness. Plus, you’ll get a juice box and cookie when you’re done.
- Donate Old Clothes – Most of us have far more clothing than we know what to do with, and too often those unworn outfits end up in the garbage. Instead, consider donating some of your old or unused clothing.
- Give Advice – Sometimes all our friends need is someone to provide them with a little help and direction. This can also be useful in a professional setting.
- Listen – Take the time to listen to others. Whether it be an hour or just five minutes, people always need someone to speak to.
- Show Appreciation – This can be done in so many different ways, from a hug, to a smile to even a thank you. Just make sure the people in your life know they’re appreciated.
- Let Them Cut – If you notice the person behind you in line is in a rush, then let them cut. We all know that those few minutes really can make a difference.
- Volunteer – Corona has made this a little difficult, but there are still plenty of creative ways to volunteer your time. Find out what options there are around you.
- Take a Load Off – So many people are so often overwhelmed. Find a way to take a load off their hands – literally – by doing a chore without being asked. Consider a load of laundry.
- Leave Water – With the summer heat quickly approaching, a cold glass of water can go a long way. Leave a refreshing drink for your mailman or garbage man and make their day a little easier.
- Pass on a Resume – During such a trying time, finding work is more difficult than ever. If you are one of the lucky ones and still working, take some time to pass on a resume – you never know who might find a job because of you.
- Dedicate Torah Learning – Take some time out of your day to learn some Torah in the name of a fellow Jew.
- Give a Ride – Whether it be a ride home from the supermarket or a ride up to the bus stop, giving someone a ride (especially in this heat) can really improve their day.
- Pick Something Up from the Supermarket – It only takes a few seconds to write a text letting people know that you’re on your way to the supermarket and by offering to pick something you up you can save a lot of time from somebody’s day.
- Forgive – It is natural to have a misunderstanding, but sometimes we allow it to go on for too long. Look for ways to forgive the people who have hurt you and ask those you have hurt for forgiveness.
- Support – Whether it be your brothers new project or your friend’s recent accomplishment, everyone needs a little support every once in a while.
- Use Kind Words – All too often we forget the power of our words, but it is important to remember that power goes both ways. Make an effort to choose kinder words and watch the world smile back at you.
- Host a Meal – Corona may make this difficult but have some social distancing fun, the best way you can. Sometimes, people just need other people.
- Take Those Extra Few Seconds – Sometimes kindness just means taking a few seconds to think about the people around you. Hold the elevator for them, help them across the street, or just give some directions.
Let’s Sum Up
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what kindness you do, just that you are kind. All too often we forget the power of our words and actions. In honor of our 24k for 24k campaign, we ask that you take a few minutes out of your day and choose to be kind.