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Smiles Idea Title & Description Author
  • Nov
    smiles

Painiacs
I racked my brain and had lots of ideas but I would hope to add to one I started with my son before he died, we've been taking pillow cases and redoing them into totes for foster kids, sick families or possibly homeless. Well I did take a bunch to the foster care so they could put items in them and give them out. A friend did donate someitems to put in the adults bags. I would use the 100.00 to do what my son wanted which is to do some for kids! I made the bags but don't have the funds anymore to fill them with kid friendly hygiene products, stuffed animals and games!!! That's what I would do! Hubby says I can squeeze a dollar out of a dime so I'm sure I could make the 100.00 go far!! Thank you

painiacs
Since Aug 11, 2014
39 stories
330 comments
8800 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Sep
    smiles

Bringing Kindness Onto The Streets.
In Portland, Oregon, we have a major issue with the homeless. But what city doesn't these days. The majority of the shelters we have were either demolished or turned into businesses or apartment homes. We have very few places for them to lay their head at night. The lines are long, the food scarce and the providing of clean clothes seems to be nonexistent. After working with the homeless in LA for two years, I've learned what it takes to help them the way they need it. I would love to be able to get some volunteers together, get donations of clothes, make bag lunches for them and bring it all to the streets of Portland. They're being pushed out of the city because so many people are moving here and, to put it bluntly, everyone keeps complaining about them and blocking sidewalks so they have nowhere to sleep. Until this issue can be fixed, I would like to be able to help them, even if it's just clothing, shoes and a lunch for the day. They're humans in need of love & care, just like us.

skydivngstars
Since Sep 26, 2014
0 stories
0 comments
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Posted: Sep 26, 2014
  • Sep
    smiles

Burritos For Inmates
We are holding a graduation ceremony for a group of inmates inside San Bruno County Jail who have gone through a 7-month training to be certified as trainers in Nonviolence. As part of the graduation ceremony, the trainees have for months been requesting burritos, something simple that they have not had in years. We are currently trying to raise funds to bring in burritos for the graduates as well as all of the men in the housing unit that will be celebrating with them. Any funds raised above the needed amount will go towards nonviolence trainings in other prisons around the state of California.

KazuHaga
Since Aug 31, 2015
0 stories
0 comments
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Posted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Aug
    smiles

Be The Change Event
My daughter came up with the idea to promote volunteering in our community. We are hosting an event to teach kids and family the importance of giving back to their communities. I was looking for random acts of kindness I could have kids do during the event and came across your website. I absolutely love the Smile cards and think they would be perfect for our event. It is being held at Cheapskate Roller Rink in Coon Rapids MN on 9/16.

SheriTarr
Since Aug 22, 2015
0 stories
0 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Aug
    smiles

Karma Books
Donors will be encouraged to provide their unwanted books. these books will be kept at a commonplace, once a month. the needy people, who are interested in the respective book, reading the particular book can pick up the book and take it with them for free! Moreover, some childrens books could be bought with the extra money and provided to the needy children.

Parinam
Since Jun 29, 2015
0 stories
0 comments
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Posted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Apr
    smiles

Bringin On Some Lovin'!
Hello Dear Kindspring team I'm currently studying at the University of Geneva. The atmosphere there isn't exactly uplifting and so I decided to hang up / design posters (bcs I love drawing) that are meant to inspire people to smile or do acts of kindness, whilst informing them about the neurological effects and general physiological benefits that doing kind acts has. So I'd use that money to cover the printing costs. Also, if not even more so I'd love to treat a group of beggars in town whom I see very frequently to a cup of tea / coffee, hang out with them and share and exchange some life wisdom. And, if that's ok with them, then sharing that wisdom via posters&photographs on the notice boards at uni. Thanks and have a great week! Krista

krista_kaufmann
Since Apr 2, 2015
2 stories
1 comments
50 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Mar
    smiles

Homeless And Healthy
I live next to a church that has a Sunday meal open to all, but attended by mostly people without homes. I know they have limited funding, so a lot of the food they are preparing is canned and lacking nutrients. In this project I would start a community garden and grow enough food to provide healthy fresh food for those attending the Sunday meal. I enrolled in a free course from the library on how to start a garden. This would provide not just a meal but a delicious healthy meal for people who need it most. This money would be used to get the start up materials such as seeds, soil, and any tools that I would not be able to borrow otherwise. I plan on engaging other members of the church and community to help care for this garden to make it a true community effort.

gchomas
Since Dec 4, 2014
2 stories
0 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Feb
    smiles

The Inspiration Tree
I got a grant to bring this idea to life the first time. All I did was hang up tree branches in a building and hung 200 clothes pins from the branches. I used part of my grant money to purchase a variety of art supplies. People could come in and create a positive messages, small piece of art/sculpture and then hang it up in exchange for whatever item they wanted to take home. The idea is a hanging gift economy. The money I received, I donated to a Special Education program at a hospital and a high school autism program. I've been making small versions of the idea and taking them to different crisis centers and educational centers in my city to continue the momentum of the gift economy as well as the exchange of positive messages. If i had an extra $100 I would use it to purchase more art supplies to contribute to one of the centers to use for creating art and messages to put on the tree. A small piece of art and a simple message of kindness can make a huge impact in people's lives

cameroncreates
Since Nov 20, 2014
7 stories
5 comments
230 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Feb
    smiles

Seeds Of Love For Our Community
My husband grew up as a farmer and did two tours of service during the Vietnam Conflict. He is a disabled veteran himself. His therapy is gardening. He loves to grow things and last season he raised bushels of organic produce which we gave away for free to needy families in our very rural community. This year money is tight, but $100 would buy LOTS of seeds and supplies for a garden plot. We could build raised beds and plant healthy organic vegetables to harvest and give to the local community food banks and veteran's organizations for distribution to needy families. We would also love to teach anyone interested how to garden and they could come and learn at our place. We could even gift them with the materials to start an herb garden or a plot of their own to pay it forward.

lizstevensart
Since Jan 1, 2015
14 stories
25 comments
490 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Dec
    smiles

Volunteer Biographers
I've had this idea for 35 years, ever since I worked in Highland Park IL for the Volunteer Pool as a young woman. I love stories, especially the stories old folks tell. I would love to gather a team of people who are good listeners and decent writers to visit and listen the folks in nursing homes. I did a lot of volunteer work in those homes, bringing my kids' choir back in the 80's and then as a young mom bringing my own kids to visit. I did an "adopt a grandma/pa that went really well.These folks have had long full lives. They look out every day for someone to listen but most days are the same. If someone wrote down their wonderful stories, it would be an amazing gift for the family. If they are alone, they could share it with their friends -- their own life story in print. The expense would be only the cost of printing and making copies and perhaps a nice graphic designed print on the cover. If folks would want to do this we could even make buttons "Volunteer Biographer."

DotMatrix
Since Nov 8, 2014
919 stories
4503 comments
93870 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Nov
    smiles

Cheering Up My Customers
I've worked at CVS Pharmacy for the past 5 years and have become quite familiar with all of the customers. I know many of them very well, including their grandkids and their expecting grandkids. Many of these customers are dealing with illnesses and can use a little cheering up. One customer was only five years old when he passed away from a brain tumor. Before he passed away I took him and his family to Bentaub Hospital where I volunteer through their pet therapy program. He and his family loved dogs. With $100 I would be able to treat other customers to a meal and a fun filled day where they can relax and enjoy life to the fullest. Sometimes it is easier to talk with strangers than to loved ones and because of that I have been a listening ear to many of my customers. I know that there are a lot of people out there who don't have time to listen and this is my way of reminding my customers that there are kind people out there.

calilove
Since Nov 2, 2014
0 stories
0 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Oct
    smiles

Tenfolds
If I had an extra $100 (that's about PhP5,000 in my country: Manila PH), I would gather 500 children and give each child (regardless of class, color or creed) PhP10.00 (our lower coin denominations are P5 and P1). My request for each child will be to use their ten-peso coin to make 500 other kids happy and happier than they do when I handed them the tokens. I think that would be so many hundreds of children from tenfold that would think of, create, craft, do and share (creatively and imaginatively) simple acts kindness for others...

marc_guerrero
Since Oct 1, 2014
20 stories
54 comments
600 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Oct
    smiles

Kindess Coalition
We are a group of three in an inner city elementary school who want to change the culture of our school into one of kindness and compassion for everyone. We plan small acts of random kindness throughout the year and any funds we could get for this project would be passed along to the ones we are trying to serve. Our staff works tirelessly with lots of pressure and few rewards and we want to acknowledge, appreciate and value their efforts.

janef
Since Sep 24, 2014
86 stories
1429 comments
21440 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Sep
    smiles

Love For The Elderly Organization
Hi, I'd like to apply for this $100 funding. I am fourteen years old, and founded an organization called Love For The Elderly. We give happiness and joy to elderly people through kind, heartfelt letters that are distributed to senior centers and nursing homes. We would like for everyone who sends us letters to receive a handwritten thank-you note in the mail along with a certificate of appreciation. With your help, we could have enough money to do just that. This would show our participants that they ARE making a difference and that their contributions toward bringing joy to the elderly have not gone unnoticed. I feel that Love For The Elderly is a great potential candidate for this small grant, and could really benefit from the amount of money it has to offer. Thank you!

jec17
Since Sep 21, 2014
17 stories
135 comments
2390 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Aug
    smiles

Books Of Love
To create little handmade booklets which have inspiring poems, thoughts and quotes handwritten in them with pretty illustrations. The intention is to internalize the loving process of creating them with a pure intention of spreading love to whoever receives them- and then sharing these little symbols of Love and Hope with friends and strangers.

LoveHopes
Since Oct 17, 2013
2 stories
0 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Jul
    smiles

Give A Gift For A Smile
i would use that money and make a deal with a florist to pick up some flowers every week to give to my Meals on Wheels clients that I deliver to every Friday. to add a smile to their meal that someone cares.

msoucy4862
Since Nov 11, 2013
8 stories
1 comments
1020 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Jun
    smiles

Movie Nights
We are a small group of moldovian young people concerned to share happiness in our community, we use to realize our aim by organizing local social experimenta and projects of kindness. You can follow our activity by visiting Justforpositive.com site. When financial posibilities allow us we make projects like that one: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8JWKRl---jQ With your 100$ we'd like to decorate a small place in a park, that summer, where people would came to watch the best movies of the last 10 years on a big projected screen in a friendly atmosphere. 100$ would be enough as prices here in moldova aren't too expensive. Thank you for trying to change people's visions!

Justforpositive
Since May 28, 2014
0 stories
0 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: May 28, 2014
  • May
    smiles

Love From Beyond The Grave
Leave notes for people visiting the grave of someone they miss by using zip lock bags, blank greeting cards (or stationary), envelopes, and some duct tape. -In the card write an uplifting grief related quote on the left and short personal message on the other mentioning that they were loved, not alone, special etc. -On the envelope write "dear loved one of (name on gravestone), Your visit has not gone un-noticed (deceased name) loves you and says thank you for coming to see them" -- At the cemetery look for graves that look like they have frequent visitors (flowers/no weeds/etc) & write the name on the envelope. Place it inside a ziplock bag with a smile card, seal it, and tape it to the headstone (also you can write in memory of someone that you lost on the smile card or slip of paper as another gesture)

Pokerbrookie
Since Sep 10, 2013
5 stories
0 comments
20 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Sep 10, 2013
  • May
    smiles

The Gratitude Journals
Dear Kindspring, I would love to win the Kindness in Action award. I recently started a non profit site called The Gratitude Journals at www.thegratitudejournals.co.uk where anyone around the world can share a message of the things that they are grateful for. The aim is that this will become an uplifting and inspiring site for people to visit and remind them of the wonderful things that occur in life. I would love to be able to create handwritten letters and handmade bracelets, then post them out to people in all areas of the community along with your smile cards so that others can get to know about the site and pass the message of gratitude and kindness on. My wish is for every person in the world to find something, however small that they are grateful for, something that makes them smile. Thank you so much , Emily x

Strawbug
Since Feb 25, 2014
1 stories
1 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Feb 25, 2014
  • May
    smiles

Birthday Bags
This idea was born from a Girl Scout activity...I have modified it a bit for our family. On our family members' half-birthday, I would like to put together "birthday bags" that can be donated to a shelter or food bank. The birthday bag would include all the items needed to give someone a happy birthday! Items such as: cake mix frosting candles plates/napkins/forks/cups lemonade mix package of balloons streamers birthday card - signed with a nice message small gift for the recipient party favors for their guests The bag could be for a specific age rage and gender...or something more general that could be used for anyone. Each bag would cost about $15-20...so $100 would help create happy birthdays for 5-6 people -- and their guests!!

dosomething
Since Aug 28, 2013
28 stories
4 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Aug 28, 2013
  • May
    smiles

Treat Everyone Like It's Their Birthday!
My 20th birthday is coming up on April 6th, and I've been constantly asked what I want. Truth is I have everything I need, but not everyone does. On April 6th, I want to buy twenty $5 Tim Horton gift cards and hand them out to the homeless in Toronto. I have 20 mini birthday gift bags, to put them in. Inside each bag I will include little positive messages to remind each and every person I give the gift to, that they matter in this world! The homeless are often ignored, blamed for their "laziness", and many are hesitant to give change due to the belief they will buy drugs or alcohol with it. With this mini birthday project, I hope to inspire everyone to carry $5 gift cards with them, and give them to people they find needy. This was inspired by a fellow smile group members' post as well as one of mine.

kat94
Since Jan 24, 2013
393 stories
1348 comments
64850 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Jan 24, 2013
  • Mar
    smiles

Joy Bomb At The Hospital.
I'd like to do a random act of kindness at our local hospital. One part of it would be to leave parking tokens in the parking lot for visitors. Another thing I would like to do is use part of that money to buy ingredients to bake cookies and snacks then take them up to the palliative care unit. I would like to leave some trays of goodies in the family room in palliative care where families sre gathered to say goodbye their loved ones. Sometimes you end up there for days, and I think a little random act of kindness would be very nice for those families. I would also love to buy some flowers for some of the people in palliative care that don't get many visitors just to spice up their room and make it little cheerier. Then it would be on to the emergency room and I'd like to leave some coins near the vending machines for people who end up there way longer than they thought they would be there. And possibly to the cafeteria to pay for a lunch or two for a hard-working doctor or nurse.

Quadgrama
Since Dec 10, 2013
5 stories
4 comments
180 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Dec 10, 2013
  • Mar
    smiles

"you Make My Day"
I would like to first send a simple card and piece of candy to several people that make my day in different ways, whether it be professionally, personally, or even someone who does something indirectly (neighbour who visits my grandmother regularly). I want to send them a card that says something like "thanks for being you," or appreciating something they do- very simple, but thoughtful. Then, a few days later, I want to send another letter with a blank card and piece of candy for them to give to someone. The letter would explain how important it is to have positivity in our lives, and letting others know how much they matter. With the blank card and candy, it will encourage them to pay it forward too.

SuperBlessed
Since Jan 14, 2014
1 stories
0 comments
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Posted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Mar
    smiles

Footwear For The Old Destitute
It is deplorable that thousands shatter their dignity to take to begging in old age since their children orphan them in old age. I find them roaming bare feet, on hot asphalt under the tropical sun of India and would like to provide them with foot wear. For $5 each, 20 old people can have that little bit of comfort, we take for granted everyday.

penviro
Since Feb 18, 2014
10 stories
2 comments
370 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Jul
    smiles

Free Store

A number of us here in Portland, Cascadia, run free stores where anyone can come and release their clutter, and others come and take what they choose. I am hoping to do a back to school free store, and would use the money to buy backpacks, school uniforms and other items families need, but often cannot afford for their children.

camela.hicks
Since Jun 26, 2013
8 stories
4 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Jun 26, 2013
  • Jul
    smiles

Flowers For Smiles

I would spend the $100. to buy as many beautiful flowers as I possibly could and walk around our city handing one each randomly to as many folks as I could they walked by. Actually this is something i've always wanted to do. Would be Beautiful to see the smiles appear on so many people's faces.

sandyponey
Since May 15, 2012
2 stories
4 comments
150 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: May 15, 2012
  • Jul
    smiles

Hygiene Kits For Kids

I asked my 13 year old what he would do if he had $100. He said “some of the kids at school get picked on because they do not smell fresh all the time and I want to use the money to make hygiene kits for them. The kits would have travel size toothpaste, toothbrush, wet wipes and a small deodorant so they can freshen up at school if they don’t have those supplies at home.” I believe this is an excellent idea to help others and to combat bullying. If I am chosen to receive the $100, I will help my son buy the supplies and make hygiene kits for the kids at his school.

2zdrbz
Since Dec 21, 2009
2 stories
1 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Dec 21, 2009
  • Jul
    smiles

A Balloon To Brighten Your Day

I would buy only balloons with that $100. I would take those balloons and give one to every person walking out of a grocery store, a mall, or wherever, until I run out. Just to brighten someone's day!

kimpdancer
Since May 15, 2012
0 stories
0 comments
10 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: May 15, 2012
  • Feb
    smiles

25 For My 25

 I want to do 25 acts of kindness for my 25th birthday. It is March 13, and I cannot wait to make some random strangers day. With or without the $100.00 I will do it! I am so excited I have already started planning!

kthatesnebraska
Since Feb 24, 2012
0 stories
0 comments
KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Feb 24, 2012
  • Nov
    smiles

Spreading The Word

 As previously stated, I am a private soccer skills coach who also plays the role of life coach and mentor to my students.  The very idea of spreading kindness with random acts is something I instill with my young students.  I would love to be able to send each students with 5-10 cards each and have them challenges their friends and classmates in hopes of starting a trend at their respective schools.  Kids thrive on getting something special and doing something special and I think by receiving a "Smile" card and a challenge from a friend could start a wave of kindness to follow up after the week-long devotion to the anti-bullying campaign.

KidsCoach
Since Nov 26, 2011
3 stories
6 comments
1280 KarmaBucks gifted

Posted: Nov 26, 2011

 

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