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Rake it up.

Tuesday, October 17
It's Leave Before Dark Day. For those friends living in a climate with leaves 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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Pamper your friend.

Wednesday, October 18
Today is Painted Tootsies Day. If you have a friend recovering from surgery, 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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Evaluate your life.

Thursday, October 19
It's Evaluate Your Life Day. Are you helping the people in your life as much 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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Say thank you!

Friday, October 20
Today is You Really Didn't Have to Day. But I’m so glad you did! Use today to 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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Bring a sweet treat.

Saturday, October 21
It's National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. What a yummy treat to take to your 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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Decorate for a friend.

Sunday, October 22
Today is The Goblins'll Getcha Day. Your friend may not feel up to a trip to 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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Sit back and relax.

Monday, October 23
TV Talk Show Host Day is a great day to watch Ellen or Dr. Oz with your friend, 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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Sweep it up.

Tuesday, October 24
It's Broom Day. No, this has nothing to do with witches for Halloween. Grab 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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Give some comfort food.

Wednesday, October 25
It's World Pasta Day. Pasta is known to be a comfort food. So if you've signed 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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Have fun with bubbles.

Thursday, October 26
Today is Tiny Bubbles Day. If you’re visiting a family with children, take a 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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Tell your favorite story.

Friday, October 27
It's National Tell a Story Day. We want to hear your stories! Let us know what 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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Carve a pumpkin.

Saturday, October 28
Today is Carve a Pumpkin Day. Carve a pumpkin and deliver it to someone who is 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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Get snuggly.

Sunday, October 29
Anyone going through a difficult time needs a day to relax and be a hermit. 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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Deliver a sweet treat.

Monday, October 30
Today is National Candy Corn Day. If you have planned a visit with a friend 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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Trick-Or-Treat.

Tuesday, October 31
If it's difficult for your friend or their child to get out of the house this 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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Eat your veggies.

Wednesday, November 01
Today is Lots of Vegetables Day. After all that Halloween candy, this is the 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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Blow bubbles with a child.

Thursday, November 02
Look for Circles Day is a great day to celebrate your circle of friends. Share 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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Have lunch with a friend.

Friday, November 03
BLT, PB&J, egg salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, meatball; treat your friend to 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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Clean the fridge.

Saturday, November 04
Offer to help your friend clean his/her refrigerator. Take along a new box of 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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Bake fresh bread.

Sunday, November 05
It's Warm Bread Day. Nothing makes a home feel more cozy than the smell of 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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Give a clear view.

Monday, November 06
On Window Washing Day, organize a group of people to wash your friend’s 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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Help get organized.

Tuesday, November 07
It's Make a List Day! Visit with your friend and help her make a list of 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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Bake it and take it.

Wednesday, November 08
Today is Bake and Take Day. Bake some cookies, breads, pastries or pies and 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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Rebuild a memory.

Thursday, November 09
Rebuild a Memory Day. Go through some old photos today and find one that 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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Forget-Me-Not.

Friday, November 10
On Forget-Me-Not Day plant some lovely flowers honoring your friend’s family 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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Thank a vet.

Saturday, November 11
Thank a vet this Veteran's Day. Ask your friend if there is a special veteran 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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Help with healing.

Sunday, November 12
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. Bring your friend chicken soup, in the form of 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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Be Kind.

Monday, November 13
On World Kindness Day (and every day) go out of your way today to be kind to 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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Read a book.

Tuesday, November 14
It's Young Readers Day. Books are such a treasure for children. If you have 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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Thank a nurse.

Wednesday, November 15
Operating Room Nurse Day! These are special people who don’t often have 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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Make amends.

Thursday, November 16
It's Button Day! Buttons, zippers, hems, your friend probably isn’t getting read more...

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Bake something delicious.

Friday, November 17
On Homemade Bread Day, encourage your team to help stock your friend’s freezer read more...