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Cover it in chocolate.

Saturday, December 16
It's National Chocolate Covered Everything Day! Raisins, nuts, cherries if it 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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Break out the griddle.

Sunday, December 17
Happy National Maple Syrup Day. Maybe today you’d like to take breakfast to 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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Make cookies with a friend.

Monday, December 18
If you haven't made Christmas cookies yet, let Bake Cookies Day be the day. 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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Fill their bellies.

Tuesday, December 19
Bakers, here is another great opportunity for you to shower your friend with a 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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Sing your favorite carol.

Wednesday, December 20
Plan a caroling party for Go Caroling Day. Use your Team page to notify all 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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Bah Humbug!

Thursday, December 21
Today is Humbug Day. If your friend is going through a difficult challenge, 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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Drop off a holiday favorite.

Friday, December 22
It's Candy Cane Day. Candy canes taste especially good during the month of 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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Remember holidays past.

Saturday, December 23
If your friend won't be able to celebrate the holidays with family members this 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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Do your last minute shopping.

Sunday, December 24
Check in with your friend to see if there are any last minute errands you can 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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Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 25
Merry Christmas! Remember your friends who may be alone on this holiday. 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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Box it up.

Tuesday, December 26
Use Boxing Day to help your friend 'box up' things that need to be put away, 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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Cut and create.

Wednesday, December 27
Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day is a fun way to bring some joyful decorating for 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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Deal me in.

Thursday, December 28
It's Card Playing Day. Plan a little card party with friends. It will be 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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Go ice skating.

Friday, December 29
Maybe a day out the house is in order. For Ice Skating Day take your friend's read more...

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Friendship isn't always 50/50.

Friendship isn't always 50/50.

Whatever illness, crisis, recovery or transition your friend is going through, he or she quite possibly cannot read more...

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Donate for a friend in need.

Saturday, December 30
Use Contribution Day to make a donation to an organization that has made a 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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Prepare to ring in the new year.

Sunday, December 31
New Year's Eve! Share your thoughts with others as you give thanks for the 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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Happy New Year!

Monday, January 01
Happy New Year! Traditional foods today are black-eyed peas or cabbage. If 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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Think outside of the box.

Tuesday, January 02
Run it up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day is a perfect day to 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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Sleep in.

Wednesday, January 03
How about relieving a caregiver on Festival of Sleep Day? Send him or her to 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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Tell a story.

Thursday, January 04
Spend Trivia Day with an elderly person and indulge him or her by asking about 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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Feed the birds.

Friday, January 05
It's National Bird Day. Someone recovering from an illness at home may enjoy a 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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Spill the beans.

Saturday, January 06
Jelly bean, lima bean, chili bean, green bean, bean salad, the list goes on and 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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Add some spice.

Sunday, January 07
If you're taking a meal to your friend on Hot & Spicy Food Day, consider 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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Spread joy, not germs.

Monday, January 08
Cough, cough, sneeze, sneeze, please Don't spread those germs. Instead, spread 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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Say cheese.

Tuesday, January 09
It's Cheese Day! Mac & cheese, grilled cheese, cheese pizza, cheese potatoes 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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Listen to this!

Wednesday, January 10
Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Johnnie Ray, Jim Croce, and Pat Benatar were all 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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Splash!

Thursday, January 11
National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day is a day for mischievous 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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Thank you.

Friday, January 12
Offer to pick up your friend’s prescriptions for National Pharmacist Day and 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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Dream.

Saturday, January 13
Use Make Your Dream Come True Day to do something you've always wanted to do 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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Pamper a pet.

Sunday, January 14
Your friend may be ready for something totally fun and unexpected. It's Dress 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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Put a lid on it.

Monday, January 15
A friend going through chemotherapy will enjoy a funky hat for National Hat read more...

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Get Organized.

Tuesday, January 16
Organize Your Home Day is a great day to offer to help your friend clean out a read more...