12 Acts of Kindness: How will you end 2013?

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We’re back!  After last year’s popular 12 Acts of Kindness blog series, we have returned again with lots of ideas for you to put a bit of kindness into your corner of the world.  Check this space often for new inspiration as we head toward 2014.

Our environment.  Many people are inspired by our natural world. But few realize that human beings are the source of most, if not all, pollution in our environment. Bottle caps, cigarette butts, and fertilizer are just a few of the sources of pollution that people put into the environment every day.

Litter isn’t just ugly to look at, but can have consequences for animals and plants. Birds and turtles eat trash by accident; getting caught in fishing lines can choke or maim marine life. On land, trees and plants are hurt by acid rain and this can result in dead zones. And pollution can harm our food supply if the soil is contaminated.

Clean up your act. But there are simple solutions to stopping pollution. You can recycle many items, like metal and glass – and even many types of plastic.

Many goods can be ‘upcycled’ and used again or re-purposed for another use. Is there something you aren’t using, but it still works? Donate it to a school or a re-sale organization.  One charity with which Random Acts recently worked, the Downtown Women’s Shelter in Los Angeles, takes gently used items and creates new products, which they sell to benefit their programs.  Perhaps there is a charity doing similar work in your area who would appreciate your donation of goods.

Know of somewhere that needs a little kindness in your area? Volunteer to help with neighborhood clean up or just pick up litter around the office or your school. A little work can go a long way and you never know who you might inspire to lend a hand.

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