Small Acts, Big Impact


The simplest gestures of kindness can mean the most to someone battling cancer

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week, we asked our social media followers to share small acts that meant a lot to them during their cancer journey. If you're looking for a simple way to brighten someone's day, consider these great suggestions:

  • Family and neighbors made meals for us, snowplowed for us and just listened to us when we needed someone to talk to. –Rene
  • My grandkids and daughter-in-law made me a jar of love which contained little notes, jokes and words of love and encouragement that I could read during chemo. I treasure that jar and read it still when I'm blue. –Adrienne
  • My office mates came to my house and sang Christmas carols. So much thought went into that. And now, on my second cancer journey, my bosses have been so supportive, letting me take off when I don't feel well. –Susan
  • My husband repainted the bedroom when I couldn't go downstairs — just to make me smile. –Amanda
  • Too many to list. From people all over the world praying, to wonderful neighbors who mowed the lawn, took care of animals, and strangers donating gas money. I could go on and on! –Joan
  • We had friends come over and weed our garden and mulch it — it was sooo appreciated. And we truly appreciated the cards and inspirational notes friends and family sent us to let us know they were thinking about us and pulling for us. –Barbara
  • The manager at Sephora (who is at Tony Walker now) dropped everything to talk to me and help me find cosmetics to help cover my blotchy skin from chemo, and when I went to pay, they surprised me with a free makeup goody bag! Ten years later I still remember and appreciate your kind gesture. –Lynne
  • Calls, texts, emails. Tagging me in inspirational quotes on Facebook. Sending/posting pics if they were wearing orange. The small, simple acts truly kept me encouraged! –Amy
  • One of the ministries from my church made me a blanket and brought it to my house. I broke down and cried to think of the care and time these people took to make this for me. I felt very blessed. –Carol

Thank you to everyone who shared. Check out all the Facebook responses here and let us know if you try any of these ideas! We are positive it will bring joy to those who need it most. For more kindness ideas, visit The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website.

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