Random Acts of Kindness Day
Pay it Forward!

When: February 17th

Where: United States and New Zealand

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Pay for the strangers meal behind you in a drive thru .  Do some work in the yard for an elderly person. Have patience today and allow someone to get in front of you while driving. Prepare dinner or do a chore for your spouse that you usually never do.  Give people a smile or compliment during the day.  Wash a friends car for them.


According to Americans gave more than $428 Billion to charitable causes.


Started in 1995 by a non profit group in Denver, Colorado the day is meant to be a day to show kindness.  There are many encouraging thoughts on doing good or being of service to others.  I'm sure many of us have heard the phrase "You get out of life what you put in" or "What comes around goes around" maybe even the simple word when applied after someones actions "Karma".  All of these phrases can have a positive or negative impact in life.  Helping people not only makes us feel good, but helps contribute to a society that we all want to live in.  The world would be a much better place if we all took a small amount of time each day to remember others and give a smile if nothing else.  You never know how much being nice to someone or performing a random act of kindness can help change someones life for the better.

Interesting Facts

  1. During Christmas Day in 1914 WW1 German and British troops observed a sort of truce to play an impromptu game of football, sing Christmas carols and celebrate peace for a short period.
  2. In 1987 Princess Diana was photographed shaking the hands of a man who had AIDS, this helped open up discussion and education about the disease around the world.
  3. Harold Lowe was an officer aboard the Titanic and manned the only lifeboat that returned to the shipwreck and saved six more lives.
  4. During World War II, Oskar Schindler help save the lives of hundreds of Jews by employing them in his factories.
  5. Harriet Tubman extraordinary acts of kindness led to rescue of over 70 slaves.



  • February 17th
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