On October 1, 2017, unthinkable tragedy hit the great city of Las Vegas. A senseless act of hate has left many people feeling a number of emotions, one of which is hopelessness.
For us here at the #HomeMeansBlog, the shooting hit very near to home. We were introduced to Mary Rendina and a grassroots movement she started called #58RandomActsOfKindness (read the full story HERE).
Inspired by Rendina and the more than 5,000 people in this Facebook group, we’ve set out to spread 58 random acts of kindness throughout our community, too!
AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We hope you’re inspired and spread a little kindness in your hometown. Please use this post and the Facebook page for kindness ideas, and then SHARE what you’re doing to make a difference. We will continue to add to this page!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Home Means… A Simple Note
This week’s random act of kindness is another one that is impactful, but priceless. You most likely have neighbors, whether you’re in an apartment or a house. Want to know a simple way to brighten up someone’s day? Leave a kind note for them on their front door. Whether they see it on their way to work or when they get home, it’s sure to put a smile on their face! How are you spreading kindness today?
Home Means… A Simple Hello
Today’s random act of kindness is simple and priceless. Say “hello” to five strangers throughout your day, and watch them smile a little. You never know the battles someone is facing, and a simple “hi” could be just what they need to make them feel better. Who have you said “hello” to today?
Home Means… Giving the Gift of Life
I’ve never donated blood. Many times it’s because I was unable to, but other times, I was a little scared. What if I fainted? What if losing all that blood made me sick? What if… but that all changed on October 1, 2017.
The tragic shooting that struck my hometown left me feeling helpless. Not being in Las Vegas to comfort loved ones and contribute to the efforts around town made me feel helpless. That week a co-worker and I went to United Blood Services, and for the first time I donated blood.
United Blood Services is in need of your help year-round. Don’t wait to help save a life. Find the blood drive nearest to you today and donate. Today I stopped by the 32nd All Reno Radio Blood Drive at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada.
If you plan to donate blood, or have participated in a drive recently, please share your experiences with us here at the #homemeansblog. How will you help save a life?
Home Means…Donating to the Right Places
Every charitable organization seems to be in need of something. Usually it’s money, but after a holiday like Christmas there sure is a lot of extra stuff to give away, right?
If you’re like me, it sure feels good to clean out the house with extra stuff no longer useful to me, but can make the day of someone else.
The Goodwill and Savers are knee-jerk places to drop off your old things…and sure, they help local organizations, but their impact is minimal compared to other, hyper-local non-profits like The Good Shepherd Clothes Closet.
Here, people are given vouchers to take donated clothing absolutely free. Traditional thrift shops charge…not here!
This way, those who need clothing most are being helped in the most practical of ways. They are the place I love to donate and are right in the heart of where our city’s homeless are on Record St.
And when I have things other than clothes to give away, Catholic Charities is my preferred thrift shop. Their food pantry feeds so many people!
Combined, these two organizations help over 100,000 people right in our own community. Amazing.
Home Means giving…to the right place can make the difference!
Home Means… A House of Help. A House of Hope.
Did You Know:
- There are nearly 53,000 homeless youth in the United States
- More than 3,500 teens are homeless in Reno, Nevada
- Homeless youth suffer from suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Moving can be a hassle, especially when you’re trying to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. For weeks I thought about what I would do with my desk, and then someone suggested I take it to the Eddy House. The nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2011, works to END youth homeless in Reno. As northern Nevada’s central intake and assessment facility, they plan to fulfill this mission by doing extensive outreach programs in the downtown Reno area.
Eddy House is one of many nonprofits that gets overlooked, especially this time of year. These are some items we picked up from the store to bring by their offices today. If you’re looking for ways to give back and spread kindness in the community, they are looking for the below list of items to be donated. You can drop off all donations at their building on 423 East 6th Street, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- Shoes: all sizes for new athletic shoes and new winter boots
- Back Pack with Pockets
- Mobile Chargers
- Bus Passes (7 day reduced fair – $9.75 each)
- $10 Gift Cards (food or necessities)
- Lip Balm with SPF
- Handwarmers (need 500)
- Hoodies (SM-2XL) – black or charcoal grey
- Underwear – women’s low-rise underwear (XS-XL)
- Sports Bras – all sizes
- Hanes T-Shirts – black (SM-2XL)
- Boxer Briefs – mens (SM-2XL)
- $5 Gift Cards – food
- Deodorant – all types
- Moisturizer – for face and hands with SPF
Eddy House Wish List
- Printer Ink (Brother: J885DW, Lexmar 410DE, HP 475dw)
- Cordless Drill and Bits
- Nail Assortment/Screw Assortment
- Year Subscription for 2 – HMIS/Clarity
- Sponsor a membership for the Coalition on Homeless Youth for Eddy House
- Gift Certificate to Sindex Printing
- Bi-monthly Amazon Pantry Box
- 2 Diffusers + Oils
- Walmart/Target Gift Cards
“What are you doing here,” 9 year old Malachi asks as he sees me standing in the lobby of the Boys and Girls Club. His twin brother, Izzy, follows closely also questioning my reason for being their designated pickup.
“I’m just here to take you guys to Coconut Bowl for your birthday,” I said.
They instantly jumped up and hung on each of my arms, all 4 foot, 75 pounds of them.
Their birthday wasn’t the only reason I organized this trip with their mom.
I won’t go into details, but they had a rough day last week. Personalities and conflicts far out of their control and even further from their doing would be a good reason for these pretty rad boys to be pretty bummed out.
So a trip to Coconut Bowl we made…fries, shakes, arcade games, prizes, and McDonald’s were on tap for just a few hours out of the day.
I just wanted to let them know other people care about them, that they are worth being around.
Not to mention, this 24 year old (25 on the 15th) had a much needed recall to childhood and they fed my soul with plenty of that.