Random Acts of Kindness Day is Feb. 17th, so we’ve made a list of twenty easy yet impactful ways to spread some love around San Diego with your kids. These small acts of charity will make a big difference in the lives of many––and we’re certain your little do-gooders will have warm hearts and soaring spirits for helping out animals, the homeless, soldiers, their school’s staff, and so many others! Read on for where to start creating a culture of kindness.

photo: Beth Shea

1. Visit Children’s Nature Retreat to feed over 130 rescue animals. Kids will practice kindness while interacting with amazing creatures including zebra, horses, camels and pigs.

2. Incorporate Meatless Mondays into your family’s dinner plans. Here’s our great list of plant-based recipes to get you started.

3. Take your furry best friend on San Diego Botanic Garden’s Paw Walk. Your whole fam will love the scenic stroll, and proceeds benefit Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

4. Even the youngest tots can learn animal empathy at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s Fun Animal Fridays. This month they can meet some adorable goats!

5. Donate pet food to AniMeals. Your donation will help a local senior citizen who needs assistance paying for their pet food. Find a drop off location for donations near you.

photo: Renee Bigalow via Pixabay 

6. Make ‘Welcome Duffle Bags’ for San Diego Center for Children so kids and teens placed in foster care will have some items to call their own.

7. Visit one of our favorite donut shops with the little ones… and buy an extra dozen to give to the administration office or put in the teacher’s lounge at your kid’s school.

8. Buy a coffee or latte from one of our favorite local coffee shops and brighten the day of someone often overlooked who does a great job: the school secretary, storytime librarian or the recess monitor who always ties your kid’s shoes on the playground.

9. Eat locally-grown foods and shop at one of San Diego’s Farmer’s Markets to support local growers.

10. It’s Girl Scout Cookie time. Donate a box to troops via San Diego’s Operation Thin Mint when you order your cookies.

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11. Volunteer as a family at one of these San Diego charities and non-profit organizations.

12. Join the Walk for Animals to help provide food, shelter and a second chance for 50,000 homeless animals and injured wildlife that will come into San Diego Humane Society’s care this year.

13. Get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning and donate your kids’ gently used toys and outgrown clothing to a local charity.

14. Has your bookworm moved on from some of his books? Donate to Friends of the Library at these branches or give them to your child’s teacher for the classroom library.

15. Know an awesome mom who could use some time off? Offer to host a playdate at your house or take her kids to the movies to give her a couple free hours.

photo: Beth Shea

16. Volunteer at Feeding San Diego where kids ages 6 and older get hands-on with food that is distributed to needy families throughout the county.

17. Join a beach clean-up with the Surfrider Foundation to help keep our coastlines and ocean beautiful and protected.

18. Not enough time to garden? Order up a weekly CSA box of farm fresh produce and know that your veggies are fresh, sourced locally, and helping farmers in the community make a living.

19. Teach your kids to be kind to themselves and practice mindfulness through the practice of yoga. This creates an outward ripple effect for them to create love and joy in the world.

20. Get some exercise while doing good! Enjoy a beautiful ‘Kindness 5k’ trail run at Lake Hodges with all proceeds going to Kids in The Game.

Cherie Gough & Beth Shea


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