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30 ways to say ‘thank you’

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At my 50th birthday party, I gave each guest a booklet listing 50 ways to celebrate with me. I did not want any presents. Instead, I wanted us all to practice “paying it forward,” by giving of ourselves to other people and creatures, and to causes that need our help the most.

This holiday season is a perfect time to pay it forward. The following are suggestions from the original booklet and can be used for each day of November.

 — Dorothy Gates

Click here to download a PDF of the calendar.

November 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Read a book to a child.
2
  • Make your favorite soup and give it to a neighbor.
3
  • Donate food to a breakfast program for kids.
4
  • Offer to babysit for a young couple so they can go out on a date.
5
  • Take an elderly neighbor grocery shopping.
6
  • Send a card to a friend who has lost a mother, and to a mother who has lost a child.
7
  • Donate supplies to a pet shelter or to the Humane Society.
8
  • Send a "thank you" note to the President for their service to the country.
9
  • Encourage an immigrant you know.
10
  • Pay for the coffee of a person in line behind you.
11
  • Talk to a veteran. Listen to and thank him or her for serving our nation.
12
  • Find a practical way to help a single mother.
13
  • Visit a sick child in the hospital.
14
  • Donate food to a college student.
15
  • Ask your heating company about how you can help people who cannot afford to pay their bill.
16
  • Check on your elderly neighbors, especially on a cold day.
17
  • Rake the leaves in a neighbor's yard.
18
  • Send flowers or candy to a widow.
19
  • Visit someone special and remind them why they are loved.
20
  • Find a practical way to help a single father.
21
  • Take a meal to a family in need.
22
  • Help your local economy. Visit farms and buy high quality, fresh produce.
23
  • Promise to keep plastic bags out of your house. Take your canvas bags to the market when you shop.
24
  • Invite to your Thanksgiving dinner someone who is alone or who lives far away from family.
25
  • Fill parking meters with extra quarters.
26
  • Drive an elderly person to get their flu shot.
27
  • Collect your unused gift cards and donate them to charity.
28
  • Take water or hot coffee to someone who makes his or her living outdoors.
29
  • Tutor a child.
30
  • On the first snowfall help someone clear their driveway.
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