November 20th is Melrose Random Acts of Kindness Day!

On November 20, Melrose will celebrate our fourth annual Random Acts of Kindness Day. On this day, Melrosians look for ways to honor kindness in our community and beyond. Please join in by showering kindness on others throughout the day. Tag #melrosekind on social media and stop by our kindness mural** located in the YMCA courtyard to share how you put the I in KIND!

** Thanks to Kris Rodolico, of Follow Your Art, for kindly creating the mural for us.

Can't think of a way to spread kindness in our community? Never fear! We've compiled a list of 100 ways to be kind.

  1. Hold the door 
  2. Buy someone coffee
  3. Cook a meal for a family in your neighborhood
  4. Leave quarters in the laundromat
  5. Donate old towels to A Better Companion for doggy baths
  6. Visit your elderly neighbors 
  7. Tell your kids they are super heroes with the power to do good
  8. Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone
  9. Give someone the rest of your pack of gum 
  10. Say yes when you really want to say no
  11. Congratulate someone who has worked hard and succeeded
  12. Do a chore for someone without their knowledge
  13. Call that friend you disagreed with long ago, make up
  14. Thank a police officer and give him a smile
  15. Send a card to a soldier
  16. Be good to you
  17. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  18. Volunteer to serve a meal at Bread of Life in Malden
  19. Buy tissue and hand sanitizer for a teacher
  20. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger
  21. Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk
  22. Smile, it’s contagious
  23. Buy groceries for the person behind you in line
  24. Compliment your waitperson
  25. Leave a funny note on a random car
  26. Visit Melrose Library and check out their kindness display 
  27. Leave flowers on someone’s doorstep
  28. Shop local
  29. Drag your neighbors’ trash/recycling bins back to their house
  30. Give a ride to someone who needs one
  31. Participate in a fundraiser
  32. Donate to the Melrose Symphony
  33. Visit a store you have not been to before and purchase something, regardless of how small
  34. Run an errand for someone
  35. Visit the Milano Senior Center (with your kids!)
  36. Write a thank you to someone who has helped you or touched you in some way
  37. Donate toys at local hospitals 
  38. Thank a teacher or administrator or secretary
  39. Donate your talent
  40. Write a letter to the editor about something great in our city 
  41. Put your phone away
  42. Introduce yourself to someone new
  43. Compliment a stranger
  44. Leave the biggest tip you can afford
  45. Send a floral arrangement anonymously to Melrose Wakefield Hospital 
  46. Let someone in the check out line go ahead of you
  47. Tell whomever is helping you to take his or her time, you’re in no hurry
  48. Give someone a book you think they’d like
  49. Wipe the counter at Starbucks
  50. Pick up litter and dispose of it 
  51. Put a sticky note with positive words on a bathroom mirror
  52. Drop off some treats for our public safety officials working long hours/overnights/holidays
  53. Give blood
  54. Give your T seat up to elderly, impaired, and pregnant people
  55. Send dessert to another table
  56. Tell your siblings how much you appreciate them
  57. Hug your mother or someone else’s mother
  58. Carpool
  59. Walk
  60. Say yes when the cashier asks you if you’d like to donate to a cause
  61. Commit to using reusable bags
  62. Clean someone’s windshield
  63. Do the dishes, even if it isn’t your turn
  64. Tell someone how great he or she looks
  65. Don’t say one negative thing all day long
  66. Have a clean up party at The Melrose Common
  67. Give things away that you no longer need
  68. Play basketball with your kids, or your neighbor’s kids
  69. Write someone a real letter on paper and mail it
  70. Call your father or a father figure and tell him your favorite memory of him
  71. Let them have the parking space
  72. Compost and be a friend to the earth
  73. Donate to A Servant Heart’s Food Pantry or Pantry of Hope
  74. Write your partner a list of things you love about him or her
  75. Give your favorite book to a friend
  76. Drive slowly around town and let pedestrians cross even if they aren’t in the crosswalk
  77. Donate socks to an organization that helps the homeless 
  78. Be a Santa to a Senior by collecting an ornament at Shaw's
  79. Donate your maternity or baby clothes to Mothers Helping Mothers
  80. Bring dog (and cat) food to the Health Dept in City Hall to help pet owners who are struggling financially
  81. Donate your old eyeglasses to the Lions Club for distribution to those in need in developing countries
  82. Contact the Melrose Emergency Fund to see how you can help Melrose families this holiday season 
  83. Contact Macaulay's House of Vacuum Cleaners to offer to help with the community Thanksgiving dinner
  84. Relay an overheard compliment
  85. Donate to Operation Gratitude 
  86. Text an old friend just to say hello
  87. Encourage someone in an unexpected way
  88. Commit to making kindness a habit
  89. Sing
  90. Don’t interrupt when someone is speaking
  91. Be kind on social media 
  92. Be the person who only has nice things to say
  93. Fold the wash, put it away
  94. Smile at the homeless and give them that extra dollar in your pocket or buy them a meal
  95. Call a parent and tell him or her how great their kid is
  96. Give your dog, or someone else’s dog, a belly scratch
  97. Give a hug, receive a hug
  98. Thank your teacher, or your child’s teacher, or your retired teacher  
  99. Send anonymous flowers to someone who won’t expect it
  100. Return the shopping cart