Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ARK - Acts of Random Kindness for Kids & Adults with Free Printables

Random Acts of Kindness for Children and Adults - gifts, Free Printables
ARK Jars Make Great Gifts.

Children are great imitators. Would you like to make a difference in our world? Small acts of kindness amount to a huge difference, especially when you teach children to do service and develop compassion and charity. You are leading the way to a better future. You are wonderful if you notice and act upon people needing something. Anything can make a difference  - even a smile or a hug.  



ARK = ACTS OF RANDOM KINDNESS

My friend April came up with this idea :

ARK JAR GIFT with FREE PRINTABLES:

CHILDREN LEARN CHARITY AT HOME:

I asked my friend Katie Norris of Mommy with Selective Memory if she had an example for my post. This was her endearing reply:

"I've had the same babysitter since my daughter was born. I love the consistency of having the same person and one thing that has never changed is that every Wednesday night, my babysitter spends her evening feeding the homeless. As part of this tradition, she likes to take hard-boiled eggs for them to eat. She says the homeless people really appreciate this because eggs are so full of protein, and it's not something they get very often. So, every week at the grocery store, I buy 36 eggs, and every Wednesday, my babysitter cooks them with my daughter's "help."

"However, it occurred to me the other night that I was missing a big opportunity. All of this time, my daughter has just assumed that her babysitter REALLY likes hard-boiled eggs. Since my daughter is now four years old, she is old to understand what is really being done with these eggs. I explained to her that Renee is taking the eggs to people who don't have a home to live in. My daughter's eyes got really big and she said, "But Mom, if they don't have a house, where is their bed?"

"Okay, so I guess she might be a little too young still to fully grasp the concept of people living on the street, but she did understand that we were trying to do something nice for other people and she was very proud. It made me realize that it's never too young to start thinking about doing nice things for other people."
  
HELP CHILDREN HELP OTHERS

My daughter and I instigated Collect Teddy Bears for Policemen or Fire Firefighters by simply placing a box in the church foyer. Many children donated their gently used stuffed animals. Sarah had to think awhile about which stuffed animals to donate - but that is all right. She eventually donated quite a few. They went to children who were experiencing emergencies. 

We also made a box to collect items for nursing homes such as lap blankets, non-slip socks, hats, gloves, housecoats, bird seed and bird feeders. I had purchased some ornaments at a 75% off After-Christmas sale. The staff''s faces really brightened when I donated them and some used decorations I wanted to pass on.




 

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS HELPING OTHERS:

My daughter is twenty-two and has special needs, yet here are some ways she and her friends help others:
  • Be a friend to another child with special needs
  • Make pillows out of old t-shirts
  • Help at school with xeroxing or office work
  • Help at a daycare by being a buddy to a child who needs one
  • Help clean a church, home or other establishment
  •  Write notes and make drawings for soldiers or residents in nursing homes 
  • Work in the church nursery or primary
  • Tie a lap blanket. Cut strips around a flannel piece and tie adjoining strips in knots. Cut about 1"wide and 5" long. For a warmer blanket, place 2 pieces of same size flannel on top of each other. Cut them together and tie the front to the back. Sarah has made lap blankets for a boys' home, nursing homes, domestic violence shelter, and The Salvation Army.


Sarah made a box for her ARK notes. I call it her "Blessings Box." I bought the Noah's Ark stickers at a Christian bookstore. There are many free images of Noah's Ark on Free Clip Art. For free coloring pages, click on Noah’s Ark Coloring Pages



AGENCIES NEEDING ASSISTANCE:
    A STRANGER PERFORMED AN ARK FOR ME! 

    One day I took my daughter to the zoo. We gave the train conductor a cap that I had when I taught kindergarten. I didn’t need it anymore and noticed that he did not have one. He was so happy to have the cap that he insisted that we ride the train for free that day. Later, when we stopped at the convenience store to buy drinks, the cashier told me, “That’s okay, ma'am. It’s been taken care of.”

    “Do I look that bad?” remembering how I had gulped down some of the drink and filled it to the top again. It had been a hot day at the zoo.

    “No ma'am.” She smiled at me. “Sometimes this just happens.”

    It sure made my day and I still remember this simple act of random kindness. I don’t know who to thank – so I’ve done it to a stranger. 

                     When you're feeling down - 
                   lift someone else up.
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    47 comments:

    1. The kindness of strangers goes a long ways. Thank you for sharing this post - it's now pinned to my Thanksgiving board :)

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      1. We love this time of year - when everyone seems to be in the spirit of giving. Thanks for commenting! Love your blog!

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    2. What an amazing post, Susan. I feel so inspired, and you have so many ideas that are new to me here. I will definitely be sharing this post later!

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      1. Thank you so much Bethany! You are the one who shares so much with your free ebooks list. Amazing blog you have.

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      1. Esther - that means a lot coming from you - one is who sooo creative. Thanks!

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    4. :) I love this! I started with ARK over the summer, and it has been an incredible blessing to my life. I've loved seeing the smiles and the positive outcomes of such random, small acts. We really can change the world, one step at a time.

      Amy
      newlifeitsanewdayandimfeelingood.blogspot.com

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      1. Thank you so much for visiting. I LOVE your blog and so happy you're doing ARKs. It's fun and makes both parties feel great.

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    5. I love this- making a difference AND using children's love of imitation to teach them the same. Wonderful.

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      1. Thank you Carolyn. I really enjoy your blog - very creative ideas.

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    6. What an inspiring post, Susan! I LOVE the ARK boxes and your list of resources and organizations is fantastic!!!
      Yes, it would be great for you to do the ARK box for the Thanksgiving Hangout...so I guess I will find a book that meshes well with the Thanksgiving/kindness theme. :) Anytime Monday (11/12) or Tuesday (11/13) would work for me. :)

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      1. Yes, can't wait to do the Hangout on ARKs. We'll have some great books to share too.

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    7. What a beautiful post Susan! I need to do this more with Miss Possum. I try to tell her about making a difference and helping others but it just doesn't sink in. Getting them involved is perfect and that's what we'll be doing this Christmas!

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      1. I'm sure little Miss Possum does her share helping animals. Such a wonderful blog you have.

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      1. Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a great day.

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    9. Love this! I would love for you to add it to my weekly Mom's Library Link-Up along with any other of your amazing posts.
      http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/11/co-hosting-moms-library-4-for-me.html

      Thanks and be blessed,
      Julie

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      1. Thank you and so happy to find your amazing blog. I love linkies!

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    10. Great post, with so many great ideas. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

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      1. Thank you Christy. And thank you for the wonderful linky parties. Love your amazing blog.

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    11. Every little thing makes a big difference. Thanks for posting and sharing.
      Cathie @toddlersthrougpreschool.com

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    12. Love all of the great ideas and personal stories. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Mari - Thank you so much for visiting and for the 21 Days of Gratitude blog hop - so many inspirational ideas shared.

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    13. What a beautiful post, Susan! I shared your link in my post today and featured your printables as the Free Printable(s) of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow (and on Pinterest)

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      1. Deb - you are the best. And your blog is simply amazing. Thank you for sharing this post.

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    14. Thank you so much for sharing. I especially love the list for "Ideas for Kids ARKs" and I've already printed it off. The list has simple things that my 4 yr. old can do. :) We're currently working on some random acts of kindness this month as well.
      http://discoveringtheworldthroughmysonseyes.blogspot .com/

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      1. Frances - thank you for letting me link the Shoebox video on this post. Such a touching story. Love your blog.

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      2. You're so welcome, and thanks for linking up the video/blog on your post! Thanks!!!

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    15. Featured this on Mom's Library Link-Up. Come on over a grab a featured button and add something new this week!

      Thanks and Be blessed,
      Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

      http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/11/co-hosting-moms-library-5-for-me.html

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      1. Whooo Hooo! Thank you for featuring this post! Love the Mom's Library Link Up parties and also your blog. Have a wonderful holiday season.

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    16. We will definitely be using some of these ideas leading up to Christmas. Thank you for all the ideas... I really need them at the moment.

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      1. Ooooh - I love your post on the snowflake cards. Beautiful. Thank you for visiting.

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    17. Many thanks for the exciting blog posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you are a brilliant writer. I actually added your blog to my favorites and will look forward for more updates. Great Job, Keep it up.. :)teddy bears

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    18. Thank you for visiting and the compliment. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.

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    19. Susan! I love all these ideas. I have never heard of Teddy Bears for Trunks. That is such a wonderful thing to do and it is a really good learning experience for the children who give up their toys. I will keep these in mind as I train my children to have giving hearts. Thank you so much for your heart and for sharing these unique ideas to give back and make the world a better place.

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      1. Tulip - Thank you so much. I really appreciate all that you do for the blogging stratosphere - helping moms become better parents and promoting more reading and play. Thanks for visiting!

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    20. This is such a great round up of wonderful causes. Thank you for putting this together!

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      1. Joyce - Thank you for visiting. I LOVE your blog and wonderful attitude of taking time to play with - and enjoy - children. Have a wonderful Christmas season.

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    21. I love your story of the train cap and that you are teaching your grandchildren to be kind to strangers! How wonderful!! They are lucky to have such a great grandmother!!!

      I am trying to teach my kids random acts of kindness concept too. If this is what results from Sandy Hook, then the people lost will be remembered and something positive from tragedy will have resulted.

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    22. I see you and your family are doing RAOK too. There is much good in the world. I don't watch much news anymore - and just try and concentrate on positive happenings around our world. Thank you so much for visiting. I LOVE your amazing blog.

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    23. Hi Susan, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the Kids Activities Blog Hop.

      This is wonderful! We try to put ARKs into practice now and then, but I've been thinking of "pushing" this within my family for like a month, using discussion time at dinner to talk about what ways we've found to pay it forward. You've given me some great ideas here!

      Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

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      1. And faceboock and Twitter

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    24. Anne - you have a very interesting blog. I voted for you on Circle of Moms. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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    25. What wonderful ideas! This is a fantastic post and something we could all benefit from if we did just a little.

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      1. Thank you very much Suzanne. A little goes a long way - even smiles.

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