Lee B., recently widowed, was sitting in a restaurant by himself for the first time since his wife’s passing. What he did next is both bittersweet and inspiring. A reminder that kindness matters.
These adorable “Peg Dolls” would be great to use as Kindness Elves. This great video from Everywhere You Go explains how to make them.
Felt and Fabric Scraps
Wooden Peg Clothespins
Paint and Pens
I love how you can easily customize them according to what you have on hand and the look you want to achieve.
Benny the Elf is a proud USO volunteer! I love this inspiring “Kindness Elf” story from Christmas 2012. Thanks to Shell for sharing it with us.
“Benny the Elf was up bright and early today, but not to head back to the North Pole. He had a MUCH more important task at hand. Benny volunteered with the USO this morning to welcome our soldiers into our airport and make them as comfortable as possible on their long journey home or on their deployment out.”
Read more and see all the photos of Benny the Elf in the Mommysavers Random Acts of Kindness Forum.
These Christmas Treat Bag Ideas would be fun to make with the kids and pass out to friends, family or hand give as classroom treats. Some of them are even elf-related! Be sure to follow the links for the details on how to make them.
Elf Kisses via Starlight Stamper
Reindeer Noses via Creations by Kara
Elf Pillows via Mommysavers.com
Magic Elf Gum Drops via Google Docs (blog source unknown)
Snowman Soup via FlipChickDesigns
Kindness Elf Printables
Mommysavers has some great Elf on the Shelf Printables designed to inspire kindness for your elf. Some of them include:
Random Acts of Kindness for Your Elf
- Donate toys
- Call a relative just to say “hi”
- Send a care package
- Write teachers a thank-you note
- Help an elderly neighbor
- Donate classroom supplies
- Bring flowers to someone
- Bake cookies for someone
- Offer to babysit
- Leave “wishing pennies” near a fountain
- Give outgrown clothing to a friend
- Donate to the food shelf
- Leave change in the vending machine
- Create artwork for nursing home residents
- Donate books to your school library
- Leave a treat for your letter carrier
- Leave a treat for sanitation workers
- Make treats for the volunteer fire department
- Drop off some crayons and coloring books at your local doctors office, or hospital
- Bring flowers to a nursing home
- Make “homeless bags” to keep in the car
- Pick up litter at the park
- Pack extra treats with your kids school lunch for them to share with friends
- Donate dog/cat treats to the Animal Shelter
Target Savers found this cute little “Hermie” elf doll at Target in the stocking stuffer bins. He’s just $5 – much less than the Elf on the Shelf licensed dolls and would be great as a “Kindness Elf”!
Christmas caroling is long-standing holiday tradition that not too many people do anymore. Don’t let this tradition die out! Your kids probably will be hesitant to go caroling by themselves, but if they’re in a group it’s less intimidating. Organize a caroling outing with your church group, Girl Scout or Boy Scout packs, other service organizations. Last Monday, my son’s Cub Scout Pack sang at our local assisted living home. It’s a service project they do each year.
I’m not quite sure all the boys enjoyed singing (I’m pretty sure my son was lip-synching while hiding in the back row) but I love how it teaches them that this season is about doing things for others, whether you’re “into” it or not. They were so cute! They also made Christmas ornaments to hand out to each of the residents.
Although singing is not his favorite activity, I’m pretty sure he felt great about the fact he had brightened the day for so many others.
Pets need attention this time of year too! Today we sent our dog’s canine friend, Moe, a little care package in the mail. He’s the terrier mix pictured below with our Goldendoodle, Penny. My son found a cute squeaky toy at Target that says “I dig you” on it. It was perfect! I can’t wait to hear what Moe thinks of his surprise.
Shovel Someone’s Driveway
Last week we got our first snowfall that we knew was going to stick (…and STICK it did, literally. We got slush again over the night and whatever wasn’t cleared from driveways was stuck on for good). Before that could happen, my son and I decided we’d strike again as “Kindness Elves” and clear our neighbor’s driveway. He is always so good to us – mowing our lawn, doing us favors, etc. This was something we could do that would help him out too. Plus, it was something my son and I could do together and get a little exercise while we were at it. Shoveling wet snow is quite the workout!
Later that night, I was tired and cranky. The kids had been fighting, and I was feeling overwhelmed with all the things on my to-do list. That’s when I got a call from him thanking us. It came at just the right time, because his call lifted my spirits. That call was nice example of instant karma.
Where to Buy Kindness Elves
You don’t need a certain type of elf or doll to do this project. You can use what you have already! You don’t even need an elf. You can have a “Kindness Bear,” “Kindness Reindeer” or even your existing Elf on the Shelf doll.
That said, the Kindness Elves pictured here came from the seasonal department at Target in the $3 ornament bins. Originally, they had ski poles and skis but I removed them. I thought they were both cute and affordable. Other places to look are Ikea, craft stores, and any store that sells holiday ornaments.
Where did you purchase your kindness elf?