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Tell a joke.

Wednesday, August 16
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Send your friend a joke or two for National Tell a read more...

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Just listen.

Just listen.

You don't have to know what to say, and you don't have to have answers. Just listen and be there for your read more...

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Donate to a charity.

Thursday, August 17
It's National Thrift Shop Day. Ask your friend if you can help clean out a read more...

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Order Delivery.

Order Delivery.

Call ahead, pay and have a meal delivered to your friend's doorstep. read more...

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Bake some cookies.

Friday, August 18
Fill a basket with some delicious peanut butter cookies and make a special read more...

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Make sure pets are safe.

Make sure pets are safe.

In cases of severe emergencies, keep in mind that Humane Societies offer emergency services for pet owners. read more...

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Make a summer salad.

Saturday, August 19
Take a salad to your friend for Summer Salad Day. Fruit salad, waldorf salad, read more...

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Surprises

Surprises

Sometimes surprises are NOT a good idea. As well meaning as a major project or fund-raising event may be, check read more...

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Listen to the radio with a friend.

Sunday, August 20
Listening to the radio can make time pass quickly. A radio would be a great read more...

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Bring the whole meal.

Bring the whole meal.

Take the WHOLE meal (salad, vegetables, fruit, bread, dessert) not just the main course. read more...

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Spend time with your favorite senior.

Monday, August 21
We all hope to join the ranks of senior citizen some day. Senior Citizen's Day read more...

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Research fundraising activities.

Research fundraising activities.

Check to see if there are legal implications to whatever you may be planning for your friend (such as a read more...

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Be an angel.

Tuesday, August 22
On Be an Angel Day mow someone’s yard, return a trashcan to its weekly spot read more...

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The Lasagna Law.

The Lasagna Law.

Be sure to check your friend's The Strength of Friends team page. You'll find a schedule of who is providing read more...

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Bake your friend's favorite cookies.

Wednesday, August 23
It's Favorite Cookie Day. Chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar, the list goes on. read more...

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Drop off a surprise.

Drop off a surprise.

If you love surprises use them for random acts of kindness and daily ideas that can just be dropped off or read more...

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Lick a stamp.

Thursday, August 24
It's Lick a Stamp Day! Everyone loves getting a surprise in the mail! Abandon read more...

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Just say no...it's what we do.

Just say no...it's what we do.

Accepting help can sometimes make us feel that others consider us to be incompetent. So, when you offer to help read more...

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Kiss and make-up.

Friday, August 25
No, it’s not what you think! Kiss and Make-Up Day would be a fun day to deliver read more...

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Don't drop in.

Don't drop in.

Drop-in visits, while well intended, can sometimes be intrusive and untimely. Schedule a visit through your read more...

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Treat your friend's special pet.

Saturday, August 26
Special treats for a special four-legged companion will bring a smile to your read more...

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Offer specific help often.

Offer specific help often.

Remember that saying call if you need anything often feels like the cliché, let's do lunch. Your friend most read more...

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Do it, just because.

Sunday, August 27
Send flowers to a friend, Just Because. Drop off a box of diapers to a family read more...

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Bring snacks.

Bring snacks.

Many people will bring meals. Consider giving your friend a snack basket, junk food as well as the nutritious read more...

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Race your mouse.

Monday, August 28
On Race Your Mouse Day, race your mouse to your Team page and sign up to take a read more...

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Walk the dog.

Walk the dog.

Offer to take a dog for a walk or to a dog park for a good run. read more...

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Enjoy the last days of summer.

Tuesday, August 29
Use Summer is Almost Over Day to do some of those things you've been meaning to read more...

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Check Tips & Ideas.

Check Tips & Ideas.

Check The Strength of Friends Tips & Ideas for suggestions of ways to keep in touch and simple acts of kindness read more...

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Toast some marshmallows.

Wednesday, August 30
Even if you can't enjoy a campfire, toasted marshmallows will be a fun treat read more...

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Be Patient.

Be Patient.

Be patient and continue to stay in touch with your friend from your end. Your friend will be so grateful that read more...

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Deliver this healthy snack.

Thursday, August 31
It's National Trail Mix Day! A surprise delivery of this snack will be read more...

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Keep to the schedule.

Keep to the schedule.

Sign up on the Calendar for the day and time you will take a meal. The team Coordinator has indicated the days read more...

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Make a phone call.

Friday, September 01
Use Make a Phone Call Day to call a friend you've been meaning to call. You'll read more...

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Offer a choice.

Offer a choice.

One tactic that might be helpful is to suggest a choice. For example, may I run some errands for you on read more...

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Bake and take a cake.

Saturday, September 02
Bake a cake and take it to a friend on Bake & Take a Cake Day. Better bake two read more...

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Send a gift card.

Send a gift card.

Send a restaurant gift card to your friend as an alternative to cooking a meal. read more...

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Have a fun picnic.

Sunday, September 03
Many people use Labor Day for picnics and end of summer celebrations. But some read more...

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Call Ahead.

Call Ahead.

Do not just show up. Schedule a time that will be convenient for your friend. If your friend needs to cancel, read more...

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Share your favorite music.

Monday, September 04
Music is an amazing way to bring comfort and joy to a friend. Give your friend read more...

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Remember dietary restrictions.

Remember dietary restrictions.

Remember dietary restrictions. Check The Strength of Friends team page for likes, dislikes, allergies, and for read more...

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Say cheese!

Tuesday, September 05
On Cheese Pizza Day find a pizza parlor near your friend’s house, and call in read more...

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Sign up for a meal.

Sign up for a meal.

If your friend has a team on The Strength of Friends, sign up there to take a meal rather than showing up with read more...

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Start a project.

Wednesday, September 06
Fight Procrastination Day is a good day to ask your friend if help is needed read more...

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Take food in recyclable containers you do not need back or label your dishes. Use your The Strength of Friends read more...

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Monkey around.

Thursday, September 07
Monkey Business Day is a day to do something spontaneous and fun. Invite your read more...

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Don't forget pets.

Don't forget pets.

Take along a pet treat when you visit your friend. read more...

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Give a dog a bone.

Friday, September 08
Mail a care package on Dog Biscuit Day to your friend’s dog. It will be totally read more...

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Send a note.

Send a note.

Send a note or card to your friend just to let them know you are thinking of them. It will be very much read more...

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Take a teddy bear.

Saturday, September 09
It's Teddy Bear Day. Take or send a teddy bear to a child who is going through read more...

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Let your friend share when the time is right.

Let your friend share when the time is right.

We humans go through extreme highs and extreme lows whether we are celebrating the birth of a precious baby, read more...

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Swap ideas.

Sunday, September 10
Do you have a great idea for spreading cheer? On Swap Ideas Day the staff would read more...

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Let your friend know you are there.

Let your friend know you are there.

Even though your friend will need and want time to BE alone, make sure your friend never FEELS alone!! read more...

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Make your bed.

Monday, September 11
It's Make Your Bed Day! Or better yet, make someone else’s. Offer to change read more...

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On the importance of staying close

On the importance of staying close

Families who have a family member undergoing treatment for cancer or who have just lost a loved one often feel read more...

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Shake it up.

Tuesday, September 12
Visiting a friend today? Stop along the way and pick up a chocolate milkshake read more...

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Don't go away

Don't go away

The recurring theme from people going through a trauma is that friends don't know what to say, so they don't read more...

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Deliver some take-out.

Wednesday, September 13
If you want to take a meal but Don't have time, Fortune Cookie Day is the read more...

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Yes, it will be okay. But it's not right now.

Yes, it will be okay. But it's not right now.

Your friend will go through many emotions through the course of his or her life-changing event. Try to leave read more...

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Drop off a dozen donuts.

Thursday, September 14
Yum, Yum, Yum! Treat the hospital or care facility staff with some delicious read more...

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Pets are family, too!

Pets are family, too!

If your friend has a pet, you can brighten everyone's day by doing something special for the pet. read more...

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Make a hat.

Friday, September 15
It's Make a Hat Day! A friend going through chemotherapy may enjoy some fun read more...

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Kneed some Play-Doh.

Saturday, September 16
National Play-Doh Day is an easy day to celebrate. Pull out some Play-Doh and read more...