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Jan 30, 2015 11:28
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28 Ways in 28 Days 2015

Each day this month, we'll be highlighting someone or an organization that just might need a little extra love. This list is by no means all-encompassing. It's a jump-off point for you to the the Hands & Heart of Jesus to those around us.

Every day: Smile and say hello to everyone you come across. Saying "hi" is more than just saying hello. You're acknowledging that they exist, and it affirms their worth. Kind of deep for just a 2-letter word, right? It's worth it!

February 1: Affirmation Day
Take a moment to reflect; open yourself to God's leading.
Write a note of affirmation on someone's Facebook, blog, Twitter, by phone, or in person.
Tell them what you appreciate about them the most, or tell them what they do best.
Share a snack during the Big Game party!

February 2: Kids/Siblings Day
If you have children, spend extra quality time with them today. Make them the focus. Do what they enjoy doing.
If you have a sibling, take time to learn more about them. Make a lunch or dinner date and share with them. Be emotionally present for them.
Make time to spend with your best friend, reflect on your memories together.

February 3: Wait Staff/Barista Appreciation Day
If you're at a restaurant/cafe/or fast food place, make sure to be kind to the wait staff or your barista.
If they're wearing a name tag, make sure to call them by name and make eye contact.
Smile and be friendly, make conversation as you wait.
If they give good service, let them know! And tell their manager they did well, too.
Tip well today

February 4: Co-workers and Boss Day
The day to bring donuts and coffee for everyone!
Stop to ask them how their day is going
Ask them if they need help on a project
Run an errand for someone who might be too busy to do it

February 5: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle Day
Be earth conscious today
Recycle those old magazines that have been laying around.
Pick up the trash in your local park or a highway
If you're feeling bold- plant a tree or some flowers.
Take the scraps of things you find around your house and make something creative!
Go through your closet and take you clothes donation to your local mission.

February 6: Friday Friend Day!
Take a friend out for coffee or lunch.
Remind them how much they mean to you
Do something with them that they love to do
Help them with a project they haven't had time to get to.

February 7: Nursing Home Day
Many folks in a nursing home don't receive visitors.
Take some time to go talk to them, listen to them. They older generations have so much to share with us.
Call ahead and see what you can help with.
Make cards to send to them, they would appreciate a kind and uplifting note.
Take flowers, cookies, etc...(check with nursing staff for any dietary restrictions)

February 8: Police/Fire/Rescue/Military Appreciation Day
Often, we overlook the people that look after us!
Take time today to thank you local police officers, firefighters, and service men and women.
Visit your local station to learn about how you can help your local police do a better job.
Sign up for making a homemade meal for the fire station one night a week or month.
Soldiers appreciate cards of thanks for their service and need support when they have returned from service abroad. Check with your local National Guard to see what kind of volunteer and/or donation opportunities are available for you.

February 9: Online Positivity/Compliment Day
Write a good review for a product you've purchased
If you don't use social media, compliment the poeple who you see throughout the day.
Inspire positivity on your social media accounts by posting a positive status.
Connect with someone you haven't talked to in a while via Skype or FaceTime. It can be hard to set apart time to do this when life gets busy.

February 10: Volunteer/Donate to the Humane Society
Volunteer to walk the dogs, clean cages, or give the animals baths
Donate food or useful products to the local animal shelter
If you're feeling bold or have been planning on it, adopt a homeless animal today.
If you can't adopt, consider becoming a foster parent for animals who are hoping to be adopted in the future.
Create toys for the animals out of recyclables or extra fabric/yarn.

February 11: Cashier/Grocer Appreciation Day
If you go to the store, make conversation with the grocers/workers.
Compliment them on their work (whether they're restocking the shelves or stacking up the oranges, or bagging your groceries).
Call your cashier by name. Ask him/her how their day is going.

February 12: Homeless Shelter & Women's Shelter
Call your local shelter and see what the greatest need is
Offer to help make a meal or wash dishes.
Take your donation clothes to the shelter.
Rather than shying away, share a smile and a kind word with someone.
Give donations to the homeless shelter to help build them up as a useful resource.
Volunteer at your local shelter- find a day that works for you.
Keep a supply of "ready-to-go" bags with supplies in your car to give to people you see on the street or at the shelter.

February 13: Teacher Appreciation Day
Teachers have a tough job! Make sure they know they are appreciated and needed.
Students can help a teacher clean up their classroom at the end of the day.
Take them a token of appreciation (goodies or extra supplies, for example).
Write them a note of appreciation telling them how great they are.

February 14: Valentine's Day
Show a loved one some extra attention today. For many people, Valentine's Day can be lonely, which makes it a great opportunity to step in and show someone they are never alone.
Give your spouse your undivided attention.
Take flowers to someone to brighten their day.
Make a Valentine card and bring it to someone who needs a little love!

February 15: Visit Someone in the Hospital
Even if its just for twenty minutes.
If you can't go, send flowers or an encouraging note.
Call them to see how they're doing.
Take them something from home, like a familiar blanket or a favorite mug to make them feel more comfortable.

February 16: Pastor/Mentor Appreciation Day
Write a card or email of appreciation to your pastor or mentor.
Arrange a meal or a potluck with the rest of the church in your pastor's honor.
Ask your mentor what you can help them with.

February 17: Volunteer at or donate to a Food Bank
Local food banks are always in need of extra donations.
Help clean up the facility or assist the staff in food distributions.
Northwestharvest.org is a great resource for volunteers

February 18: Neighbor Appreciation Day
Pray for your neighbors and get to know them a little better.
Ask your neighbor if they need help cleaning up their yard or wash their car
Take them some treats and say hello!
Invite them over for dinner, or coffee & dessert.

February 19: Doctors/Caregivers/Nurses/Dentist Day
We seem to see them most often when we are in need of help- take a moment when the situation isn't so immediate and let them know you appreciate them.
If you see your doctor or caregiver today, thank them for their time and expertise.

February 20: Thank You Day
A Day to practice being thankful for all blessings, big and small.
Say thank you to those who are offering you a service.
Write thank you notes to the people in your life who have done something kind for you.

February 21: Parents
Whether they're your own, your spouse, your parental figure, or even if your kids have become parents...do something special for the parents in your life today.
Invite them to a breakfast on you, or make a delicious meal for them.
Plan for a family game night, or a family hike or walk, without distractions of cell phones or internet, so you can really spend time with your folks.
Offer to watch someone's children so they can spend some time out of the house.
Help with household chores to relieve tired parents.

February 22: Meet Someone New
Focus on getting to know someone new today
Smile at a stranger and say hello. It could change the way their day is going.
Do something unexpectedly kind!
Does someone look like they need some help? Offer your assistance.

February 23: Service Professional Appreciation
Is someone fixing your computer? What about something else around the house? Things fall apart sometimes and it is the service professional that comes to the rescue.
Take time to tell them how much you appreciate their hard work and expertise.
If while they're working they seem tired, offer them a glass or water or some food.

February 24: Delivery Services/Postal Delivery Day
Ask them how their day is going rather than just taking your package or mail and saying goodbye. Strike up a conversation!
Decorate your mailbox or put a thank you not in the mailbox for them!
Create a hand-made thank you card and deliver it to the post office. They deliver to you every day, and today you can return the favor.

February 25: Church Day
Offer to do the chores that have been overlooked, like organizing the books in the library or helping to vacuum the carpets and sweep the sidewalks.
Offer to donate your time to relieve a children's department teacher for one weekend.
Ask your church for names of members who are not able to attend church so you can reach out to them.

February 26 & 27: The Positive Life Radio Drive Thru Difference!
An opportunity to spread a little kindness through your community
In a nutshell, it's simply paying for the car behind you at the drive thru.
You can download a special note at plr.org
A Hands & Heart Project from Positive Life Radio.

February 28: Reflection Day
Reflect on the ways you have reached out during this past month.
Reflect on how they have helped to shape your days in a positive way.
Remember how you felt, and how you made others feel when you did something kind for them.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou