The older adults in our lives are a blessing. It’s impossible to understate the importance of how their lives impact us on a daily basis. For our 50th anniversary, we decided to issue a challenge designed to demonstrate how thankful we are as a community to the people who made it all possible.
We’ve created 50 acts of kindness you can choose from. Do as many as you would like for one or more older adults in your life.
Share your experience via social media using the hashtag #BCV50for50. What act of kindness did you choose? What was the result?
Spread the love as we come together as a community and encourage others to take part in the celebration!
We’ve created 50 acts of kindness to choose from. Pick from this list or create your own. Do as many as you would like for the older people in your life as a simple but powerful show of gratitude for what they mean to you and our community as a whole.
Send an older relative a card to let them know you’re thinking about them.
Ask a senior friend or parishioner to join you in prayer.
Pay a visit to an older friend who lives alone, in a retirement community, or has been in the hospital.
Cook a hot meal or baked goods to take to an older adult and share a meal together.
Offer to do grocery shopping for an older friend or neighbor.
Make her day! Compliment a senior woman’s dress or hairstyle.
Call your grandparents and ask them to share memories with you from when they were younger.
Surprise a neighbor with flowers to brighten their day.
Thank a veteran by sending thank you cards to a local veterans lodge or retirement home.
Offer to wash an older neighbor’s car for them.
Volunteer to take an older adult, who no longer drives, to church or out for an errand.
Spend an afternoon talking with a senior and listening to their stories.
Pick up the tab for an older couple having a meal or buy a cup of coffee for an older adult.
Help with yard work! Mow the lawn, rake leaves, or prune bushes for a senior in your neighborhood.
Offer to check and install new batteries in smoke detectors for an older adult.
Take a neighbor’s trash to the curb or grab the newspaper for them.
Rainy day? Offer to escort an older adult to their car with your umbrella.
Invite your older neighbor over for a holiday meal or cookout.
Offer to take an older person on a Sunday afternoon drive around town or in the neighborhood they grew up in.
Give an older loved one a hug to warm their heart.
Donate gently-used magazines, books, puzzles, or games to your local senior center or nursing home.
Interview an older adult and learn their story. They have a lot of wisdom and experiences to share.
Help a senior by returning their empty grocery cart to the store.
Help an older adult at the store by reaching an item on the top or bottom shelf.
Deliver flowers or cards to a senior in the hospital or nursing home.
Greet an older person with a sincere “good day.”
Become a pen-pal. Be an outlet for a senior to share their insights on a topic or how their day was spent.
Take the time to hold the door open for an older adult.
Smile and ask a senior how they are doing today. Listen sincerely.
Donate to a friend’s favorite charity in their honor.
Visit a nursing home to play games or read books with the seniors.
Offer to make the favorite dish of an older adult you know. Consider exchanging recipes with them.
Offer your seat in a waiting room or your place in line to an older person.
Volunteer to help with a senior center.
Offer to take an older adult’s dog out for a nice, long walk or give the dog a bath.
Pamper your older loved one with a haircut, manicure, fresh shave, and grooming.
Make an older adult a homemade blanket, scarf, or other item.
Give a tech lesson to an older adult in your life. Teach them how to use their computer, phone, smart TV, or how to search Google.
Make a basket of fragrant soaps, hand creams, and bath salts for an older woman.
Offer to take an older adult to a local sporting event. Ask them to share their own athletic experiences.
Pick up litter around the community.
Donate dolls or stuffed animals to patients with Alzheimer’s.
Spend time looking through old photos with an older person you know.
Volunteer at a community event.
Deliver treats to your local healthcare workers, fire station, or police department.
Plant a tree.
Share your children’s talents with seniors! Have them make cards or crafts and drop them at your local senior center or nursing home.
Reconnect with an old friend you’ve lost touch with over the years. Share a memory you carry with you or communicate how they have positively impacted your life.