Monday, January 24, 2011

Project 31 Continues

It's amazing the effect a few little acts of kindness can have. I certainly was not the first person to have a service oriented birthday like Project 31, but since writing about it I have received a number of amazing emails and comments from people (many of you I've never even met) inspired and ready to carry out your own birthday projects. Let's just say that there will probably be a whole lot of dollars randomly left in the Dollar Store's toy section in the next few months.

It's so exciting to see the ripple effect. I would love for all of you to send me links of your acts of kindness (I'm always looking for ideas to copy--my 32 birthday is in less than 365 days!). Thank you for making my birthday even more special. I'm really amazed by all of you.

And just in case you want to get started with your service early, please go to Matt's site and donate (even $5) to help him get to the Special Olympic World Games in Athens.

9 comments:

linds said...

I have never met you but I have been following your blog for a few weeks now a friend gave it to me and told me to look at something on your site and I was blown away you are such an inspiring individual I can just sit and sit and read your blog then I tell my husband all about it because your such an amazing woman. After reading your 31 acts of kindness I thought that I should start small. I do not have a birthday until the end of the year so thought maybe I should start doing so many things a week so so far this week its Monday and I have done 3 things for people. Of course I am starting small so its more about taking the time to tell someone how important they are through email or card and phone calls etc but I am hoping that I can continue doing random acts of kindness until my birthday because its just something that makes you feel good and the ones around you! I was truly blown away by all the things you and your children did and I loved reading about it! Again you are truly an amazing, and very inspiring young woman.

linds said...

Also I was wanting to donate toys to someone that needs them. Do you have any idea how I would find someone locally who needs them? I would love to make this a monthly thing! I have never donated toys before so any suggestions would be great! I know people donate to good will but I have no idea how any of that works just wanting to go to someone who will use it and be grateful for it =) Thank you

Missy said...

I just love your ideas .... and I'm turning 37 next month. I think I'm going to try it!

I agree with you that flowers are the best! After my daughter's B-day party this weekend, we delivered flowers (used for decor) to our church secretary and parent's day out helpers. I even put one in my office conference room! We bundled up the "leftover" goodie bags and handed them out to neighbors, cousins, our babysitter's daughter and even our elderly neighbor lady who just LOVED it!

So fun, so reqoarding!

Missy said...

OH, if anyone needs ideas of where to give things away, check out your local Freecycle.com - there are many who need the things you no longer want!

Kris said...

I LOVE THIS IDEA!! I am totally doing this with my family. Thanks for sharing.

Mia said...

My birthday is on Sunday (30th) and I am following your lead trying to do 33 (gasp) intentional acts of kindness or random acts of service this week for my birthday. It is kind of hard but super fun all at the same time. So far my favorite has been taking flowers to my girlfriends. :)

linds said...

Thank you! I think I am going to donate them to goodwill possibly? I have been trying to do freecycle but you have to fill out something to be approved and everytime I fill it out they never approve me! But thank you also my husband and I are military if you want to do something to help the soldiers you should look at this site:
http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/support-our-troops

bethany said...

Linds-I would also Google "homeless shelters" and the name of your town and see if there are any in your area. I'm sure they would be very happy to take toys. Same with women's shelters. Just google them and see what you get.

I love that you are planning to donate them Linds!!

bethany said...

I think Goodwill would be great too though! They take toys and are a wonderful charity!

Thanks for the military link!

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