Haven't heard of the 30 Days of Kindness? Click here to find out more. Just starting? That's okay! Feel free to start this challenge right in the middle. You can make up the days you missed through November, if you like.
Leave a dollar somewhere. Today's challenge will require all of your creative juices to flow. You need to find a dollar and leave it somewhere for someone to find. Now I want your creativity here. You could separate the dollar into a hundred pennies and place them all face up in various locations in your town. You could stick the dollar by a vending machine or a phone booth, where someone might need the money. Place the dollar on a sidewalk and hide in the bushes until someone walks by and picks it up (excellent photo opportunity). Attach the dollar to the end of a balloon and watch it fly far, far away.
There have always been moments where we have to pay for an item and then realize with horror and embarrassment that we're a dollar short. Today is our chance to help someone out.
I want to hear your stories! Leave me a comment and share what you did during today's challenge. If you have a picture already, feel free to send it to me. If you're blogging about today, send me the link and I'll feature it on this blog.
Stay tuned until later today to see what my friends and I did for today's act of kindness.
TOMORROW: Leave an encouraging note on a mirror!
I was going to go to the bank and exchange a dollar for a hundred pennies, but I simply did not have the time today. Perhaps I'll do something similar later on in the month. Today I went ahead and got a dollar bill (the last one I had, actually... lucky me!). I wrote a little message on the bill that said "Have a great day!" (Man, I hope that's not illegal. Ali said it wasn't, so I believe her.)
I looked all around my school for the perfect, obvious place to set a dollar bill for someone to find. I finally chose a bench that sits right in front of the school. It has little round holes all across the top, perfect places for someone to stuff a rolled-up dollar bill. Best yet, those benches are where kids sit when they're waiting for their parents to pick them up. Many times, the parents are late. I often see these kids looking down and bored and world-wearied, ready to go home and get away from the hectic school environment. What a great way to make one of these kids' days, by letting them find a dollar bill with a friendly message written across the front.
I only wish I could have stuck around to watch someone come across the dollar bill. I wish I could have seen the look on whoever's face that found the dollar.
Another fun aspect to the day. I'm not the only one at school participating in the 30 Days of Kindness challenge, so a few dollar bills were left around the school. At one point in the day, a boy ran into the high school building, shouting, "I found a dollar! I found a dollar! Yay!" What a confirmation that we made someone's day better!