Random Acts of Kindness Challenge

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

Recently I have started trying to do at least one Random Act of Kindness each week. One of my favorites is to pay for the food of the car behind me in the fast food drive through. It’s simple, easy, relatively inexpensive, and makes me feel really good.

I also found a great one on Pinterest that I plan on doing soon. It’s called a Blessing Bag. And it’s perfect to have on hand to give to someone who is in need; specifically the homeless. If you’d like to make one all you need is:

Gallon size Ziplock bags
items to go in the bags, such as:
chap stick
packages of tissues
toothbrush and toothpaste
trail mix
granola bars
pack of gum
band aids
coins (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)
hand wipes
you could also put in a warm pair of socks, and maybe a Starbucks gift card
Assemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and keep in your car for the moment you need them.


And this is where you come in. I love doing these things and I know you will too. So we are starting a Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. We challenge you to perform at least one random act of kindness each week. Then come back here and comment letting us know about it. This challenge will end on Sunday, September 16. At the end of that two months we will pick one person at random that will reap the benefits of a not so random act of kindness from Mamas on a Dime!

Make sure to download our Random Acts of Kindness labels to hand to those who you are doing the kindness for. Hopefully word will spread and they will then pay it forward. Or you can also print labels in black and white.


  1. Charity says:

    Love this! Count me in!

  2. I love this idea! I helped spread it on my blog at http://www.dixiedollardeals.blogspot.com, as well as Facebook and Pinterest!


  3. melissa M. says:

    Today I help the door open for a mom who had her hands full.

  4. Sharon Sallee says:

    On one of the 98 degree days we had, I bought the policeman in the car behind me a bottle of cold water at a drive thru. I ALWATS let people in line ahead of me when they have a few items. I MUST use a riding cart to shop, so I’m eye level to kids in the shopping carts, so I speak to them. When I see a mom or dad with kids in the store I will say what good helpers they have. Little boys about 3 love me. …. But just saying something nice makes them smile. When I see a new baby and older siblings I will soeak to the older kids first. Saying something like, I bet you are a great big brother/sister. Then ask the child about the baby. I will ask little ones in the red car on front of shopping cart if they want to race, or ask if they have insurance to drive that…… most times the kids will shake their heads yes!!! Too cute! Mom always smile, and had a few thank me for talking to their little ones!
    I have taken Cheryl’s cookies to my fave clerks in stores. They are in a sealed pac, so I’m not touching the cookies, and everybody loves them! I’ve also taken them in and dropped them off at Drs Offices. last time I did this, the gal at the front desk looked confused, she thought I had an appt, and she didn’t have me down in the schedule! Told her no, just dropping off a surprize. Maybe those aren’t so random………hmmmm

  5. I LOVE this idea! DH and I are scheduled to go to get the stuff to do this this week. What a great idea! I love doing RAKs – especially when I’m trying to deal with something going on in my life. Blessing someone else helps get my focus back where it should be. 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  6. Anna Maloy says:

    This is a FANTASTIC idea.

    Today we dropped off homemade chocolate chip cookies to the fire department.

  7. I gave my foot Dr. mint-lemon balm tea I make.He really liked it.

  8. Yesterday I did CPR on my neighbor. Today I cried all day because I coudn’t save him.

  9. Charity says:

    I try to open the door for someone at least once a day! So far, Ive been able to hold the elevator and/or open a door for someone here at work. Its kinda a big deal since we have to have a key fob to get in. When your arms are even semi full, its a game of twister trying to get the elevator to go with your fob. It has made me feel a little better about helping out!

  10. Here’s one thing I did today. I was at the Target toy sale and of course there was a gentleman there grabbing everything he could and running it back to his line of carts. I happened to find a Hot Wheel set that was only marked down to 50%, but was actually 75% off. So I pointed it out to some other ladies there that were looking at the Hot Wheel stuff, but only considering the stuff that was marked at 75%. They were all so excited to get one. My little boy is excited for his as well.

  11. The great people where I work , only charge us a quarter for sodas.. so yesterday after I purchased my coke, I left a quarter on the machine for the next person to have a Coke on me… This is a cute thing todo , and doing just that little does make a difference

  12. Anna Maloy says:

    Today, I put together care packages with many of the back to school deals that are going on at stores now, and dropped them off for teachers at our school.

  13. I try to live my life with this as my goal. I do whatever I can to make some one else’s day a little brighter.

  14. kelly schirado says:

    I gave coupons to a family at a retail store for clothes.

  15. charlotte hess says:

    TY for giveaway

  16. I love the baggie idea!!! I gave a girl at the grocery store a coupon for a free container of coffee mate when I saw her buying the store brand. And told her the ones that are the best. She was a little stunned and happy, it made my day!

  17. Heather H says:

    This has been such a fun challenge! I like the idea of a giveaway that challenges us to be kind to others, and I find myself being a lot nicer than I was before. I find myself doing small things like keeping doors open and smiling to other people a lot more often. I also will leave higher value coupons in the store, in hopes that someone will smile with savings. I am now couponing my way to getting all of the items for the baggies you posted. I think that is a fabulous idea! Thanks!

  18. Anna Maloy says:

    Today, we donated a stack of magazines to the nursing home near our house.

  19. J. Strauss says:

    I try to get my girls 10 and 12 to help pack street meals for the homeless. We work with another family packing meals to hand out to people on the street. Since it has been so hot we have been passing out extra water with the meals.

  20. Amanda Glover says:

    I paid for the admission into the Kennecott Copper Mine for the car behind me. That was a fun feeling.

  21. Anna Maloy says:

    Lately, I’ve been collecting a lot of baby product samples. Today, the kids and I packed up all the diapers, baby lotions, formula samples, and coupons and left them at the local women’s shelter.

    I’m beginning to wonder who benefits more from these RAOK, the receivers or me, who feels so wonderful afterwards.


  22. Bethony Jorgensen says:

    A few days ago I bought lunch for the car behind me at McDonalds. It was amazing, and even better that my kids were in the car! I explained it to them and they thought it was fun. Today I put a bag of quarters on the vending machine at school. I hope I made someone’s day a little better! 🙂

  23. I started an organization called Blankets 4 Birthmothers. I accept donations for girls who have placed their babies for adoption. Last night I went to deliver a basket and a handmade blanket to a 16 year old girl who had just placed twins. It is always a good feeling to lend a helping hand. Its like giving back to people in return for everyone who has ever helped me.