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Make some calls.

Wednesday, June 28
It's Insurance Awareness Day. If your friend is unsure of what insurance is 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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Say cheese.

Thursday, June 29
Take lots of pictures on Camera Day! Find out what things your friend would 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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Send a note.

Friday, June 30
On Meteor Day let your friend know that he is your shining star. Send a note 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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Tell a joke.

Saturday, July 01
On International Joke Day, instead of sending jokes via email, print some good 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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Forgot? It's ok! Catch up today.

Sunday, July 02
You forgot to send a card? You forgot to acknowledge someone’s birthday or 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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Pamper a pet.

Monday, July 03
Disobedience Day really sounds like a day for the dogs. Sit. Come. Stay. 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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Celebrate the USA!

Tuesday, July 04
Happy Independence Day! Bring out the red, white and blue and celebrate the 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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Jot it down.

Wednesday, July 05
For Jot it Down Day help your friend make a list of ways your team can help: 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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Bring some comfort food.

Thursday, July 06
Did you sign up to take dinner to your friend tonight but can't decide what to 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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Treat your friend to something sweet.

Friday, July 07
National Strawberry Sundae Day is a perfect opportunity for a party! 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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Challenge your friend to game.

Saturday, July 08
On Video Games Day challenge your favorite young person to a video game. He 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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Decorate some fun cookies.

Sunday, July 09
Use cookie cutters that represent something your friend really likes to bake a 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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Have a teddy bear picnic.

Monday, July 10
Invite your friends' children to a special picnic lunch for Teddy Bear Picnic 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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Help with a lemonade stand.

Tuesday, July 11
For Lemonade Stand Day if your friend has small children, offer to help them 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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Do something different.

Wednesday, July 12
Concentrate, on Different Colored Eyes Day, on looking at things through the 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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Embrace your inner geek.

Thursday, July 13
Does your friend need some help with installing software, cleaning the hard 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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Be creative.

Friday, July 14
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Whether you want to 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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Stir up happiness.

Saturday, July 15
It's Tapioca Pudding Day! What an easy way to make your friend's day. Deliver 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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Sweep in and help.

Sunday, July 16
If your friend has not been able to tend to outdoor home maintenance, gather 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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Scream for ice cream!

Monday, July 17
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Find out your friend’s 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 a fresh summer salad.

Tuesday, July 18
This site isn't all about sweets and treats. Salads can be creative and fun, 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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Catch a flick.

Wednesday, July 19
For Summer Movie Day invite your friend to go to the theater to see a movie or 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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Haul it away.

Thursday, July 20
It's Ugly Truck Day. If you have a truck, ugly or not, offer hauling services 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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Don't forget the necessities.

Friday, July 21
Financial burdens during an illness, death, or high-risk pregnancy can cause 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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Relax.

Saturday, July 22
Have you been looking for the perfect gift for your friend? A siesta in the 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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Enjoy the taste of summer.

Sunday, July 23
Hot dogs vs. ice cream? We couldn't choose so let’s celebrate both! It's 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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"Change" it up.

Monday, July 24
On Nickel and Dime Day gather your nickels and dimes and put them into a cute 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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Help your friend "mend".

Tuesday, July 25
For Threading the Needle Day, offer to do some mending for your friend. Putting 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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Set a tee time.

Wednesday, July 26
It's 1-2-3-FORE Day! Golfers always enjoy a day on the links. If your friend’s 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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Do the laundry.

Thursday, July 27
How about using Take Your Pants for a Walk Day to offer to do laundry for 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 "out on a limb".

Friday, July 28
It's Out on a Limb Day. Does your friend have tree limbs that need to be read more...