It’s cool to be kind

Published: Monday 13th November 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Today is World Kindness Day. We’ve rounded up some nice little ways that you can make a small, positive difference to someone’s life.

Donate your time

One of the most common ways of demonstrating kindness is taking time out of your week to help out another person or local organisation.

There are so many charities in Hull and East Yorkshire that are crying out for volunteers, whether you love animals, want to help the elderly or someone who is less fortunate than you.

Meanwhile, Time Bank Hull and East Riding allows you to bank credits for each hour of your time you donate to another member of the community. These can then be exchanged for another individual’s time, whether you want to learn a new skill or need help with a task.

Do something good for your community

Doing something to benefit your neighbours can bring about so many benefits and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You could organise a litter pick, offer to walk next door’s pooch, or host a fun get-together at your local centre, church or community hall – the possibilities are endless.

The Newland Avenue Residents Association is a prime example of this. The collective continuously works hard to keep the area in bloom, creating and maintaining floral displays in several wooden planters located along the popular shopping street.

Get creative

Share your talents with others by crafting something to donate to a good cause. The HER Breast Friends Craft Club regularly meets to create knitted boobies for those who have undergone a mastectomy. They also sew heart-shaped cushions to use for support and comfort during cancer treatment.

Other organisations accept knitted hats, jumpers and blankets for disadvantaged children and babies. Put your thinking cap on to see how your hobby could be turned into a random act of kindness.

Donate stuff

This time of year is a fantastic time to have a huge clear out of your wardrobes, cupboards and all that stuff you don’t use that’s stored underneath your bed. Plenty of organisations with associated charity shops will eagerly accept donations that are in good condition and can be sold on to make a profit to fund their work.

Bundles of Joy is a Hull-based charity that accepts old baby and children’s items. They are then packaged up and sent to families in crisis. In the meantime, Hull Homeless Community Project is always on the lookout for furniture and homewares to gift to families and individuals affected by homelessness.

Give someone a call

In a world of instant messaging and social media, a traditional phone call or a handwritten letter can be a wonderful way to make someone’s day. Why not give an old friend a call to see how they are doing?

Meanwhile, the Samaritans are calling out for listeners to be on the other end of the phone for someone in a time of need.

Whatever you get up to today, make sure it’s full of kindness.

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Published: Monday 13th November 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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