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Fix some hot dogs.

Monday, April 24
Pig in a Blanket Day is the day to fix a fun hot dog meal for your friend. Be 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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Meet friends for lunch.

Tuesday, April 25
East Meets West Day is the day for friends to meet in the middle for lunch. 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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Twist it.

Wednesday, April 26
Pretzels are believed to be the world's oldest snack, dating back to 610 AD in 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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Tell a story.

Thursday, April 27
If your friend has recently lost a loved one, use Tell a Story Day to share 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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Pamper a pet.

Friday, April 28
Toys, edible treats, a trip to the dog park, a walk around the block indulge 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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Do yard work.

Saturday, April 29
Greenery Day is a great day to organize a crew of friends to do yard work. Use 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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Get a new "do".

Sunday, April 30
It's Hairstyle Appreciation Day! Has your friend been unable to get to the 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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Be loyal.

Monday, May 01
On Loyalty Day, we reaffirm our allegiance to our country and resolve to uphold 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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Involve family.

Tuesday, May 02
Use Brothers and Sisters Day to get in touch with your friend’s siblings. 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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Go to the edge.

Wednesday, May 03
It's Go to the Edge Day! Grab your yard tools and head to your friend’s house. 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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Renew.

Thursday, May 04
On Renewal Day offer to do those renewals for your friend; renew license 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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Encourage your friend to take a break.

Friday, May 05
Do Nothing Day. No, not you, your friend! Encourage your friend to take a 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 WhatFriendsDo team and read more...

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Thank a nurse.

Saturday, May 06
Visit your friend’s oncology center or hospital without your friend knowing and 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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Thank a neighbor.

Sunday, May 07
It's Neighbor Day. Make it a point to get to know your friend’s neighbors; the 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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Bring a bloom.

Monday, May 08
On Iris Day surprise your friend with some lovely iris bulbs for her yard. They 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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Fill stockings.

Tuesday, May 09
On Lost Sock Memorial Day gather those odd socks with no mates and fill them 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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Clean it up.

Wednesday, May 10
As you are doing your own housework today, think of ways you might be able to 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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Eat what you want.

Thursday, May 11
If you are providing a meal for your friend’s family today, call and ask for read more...

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Remember dietary restrictions.

Remember dietary restrictions.

Remember dietary restrictions. Check WhatFriendsDo team page for likes, dislikes, allergies, and for meal read more...

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Fill the tank.

Friday, May 12
It's Fill Up Day. When you are reminded of the high cost of gasoline, remember read more...

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Check Tips & Ideas.

Check Tips & Ideas.

Check WhatFriendsDo Tips & Ideas for suggestions of ways to keep in touch and simple acts of kindness that will read more...

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Plant something.

Saturday, May 13
Plant a seed to help start your friend’s vegetable or flower garden for Plant 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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Take notes.

Sunday, May 14
On Take Notes Day offer to help your friend make lists of things he wants to 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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Bake some classic cookies.

Monday, May 15
Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate chip pancakes 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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Love a tree.

Tuesday, May 16
For Love a Tree Day celebrate the life of a friend who passed away recently by read more...

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Sign up for a meal.

Sign up for a meal.

If your friend has a team on WhatFriendsDo, sign up there to take a meal rather than showing up with a surprise read more...

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Pack it up.

Wednesday, May 17
Help your pack-rat-friend tackle just one room on Pack Rat Day. Donate items to 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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Do the dishes.

Thursday, May 18
When you deliver dinner to a friend on No Dirty Dishes Day, stay to enjoy the read more...

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The Lasagna Law.

The Lasagna Law.

Be sure to check your friend's WhatFriendsDo team page. You'll find a schedule of who is providing meals and read more...

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Blame someone else.

Friday, May 19
Use Blame Someone Else Day to do a kind deed anonymously. Feed a parking meter 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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Pick strawberries.

Saturday, May 20
Deliver strawberries to your friend for Pick Strawberries Day; fresh, dipped in 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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Make a sweet treat.

Sunday, May 21
Sweet strawberries are in season. Drop by with some delicious strawberries and 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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Whisper "I love you."

Monday, May 22
It's Whisper "I Love You" Day! Whisper it, shout it, write it on a napkin, 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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Make a "change".

Tuesday, May 23
On Lucky Penny Day gather as many pennies (and any other coins) as 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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Fill a tin.

Wednesday, May 24
For Tin Can Day fill a decorative tin with cookies and deliver it to read more...