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Read a good book.

Saturday, March 25
What's your favorite Tolkien book? Drop it off for your friend to read or 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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Use your imagination.

Sunday, March 26
Bring some cheer on Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Make up your own holiday and 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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Yo Joe!

Monday, March 27
On National "Joe" Day, we thank a very special "Joe" who helped make this site 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 a treat on a stick.

Tuesday, March 28
Popsicles, lollipops, pinwheels, send some creative and goofy gifts on 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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Visit a local shop.

Wednesday, March 29
For National Mom and Pop Business Owner's Day, treat your friend to lunch at a 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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Thank a doc.

Thursday, March 30
Providing cheer is what friends do, providing medical expertise is what doctors 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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Leave daffodils.

Friday, March 31
It's Daffodil Day. Leave a bouquet of daffodils on your friend’s doorstep, 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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Get ready to laugh.

Saturday, April 01
April Fool's Day is the perfect day to shower your friend with silly jokes; 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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Read a book to a child.

Sunday, April 02
It's Children's Book Day! A book is a treasured gift to share. Maybe your 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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Have fun at work.

Monday, April 03
Don't Go to Work Unless It's Fun Day! OK, you better go to work, but maybe you 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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Take a walk.

Tuesday, April 04
Walk around the block with your friend who needs some light exercise while 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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Be useful.

Wednesday, April 05
If your friend is going through grief, cancer treatments, or is recovering from 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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Hug a cat.

Thursday, April 06
It's Hug Your Cat Day. Does your friends' cat need a new toy, some treats, or 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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Give your friend a break.

Friday, April 07
Why can't No Housework Day be every day? Use your team page to organize a group 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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Watch a fun movie.

Saturday, April 08
Spend the afternoon with your friend watching a favorite movie. No tear jerkers 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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Give yourself a task.

Sunday, April 09
On Name Yourself Day think about who do you want to be? Are you Cook, Gardener, 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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Involve family.

Monday, April 10
Use National Siblings Day to plan a reunion for your friend and his siblings! 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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Plan a date night.

Tuesday, April 11
It's Plan a Date Day! If your friend is in need of a date with her mate, do 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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Donate a dozen.

Wednesday, April 12
On Donate a Dozen day donate a dozen canned goods to a nearby food pantry or 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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Bring a beautiful daisy.

Thursday, April 13
Brighten your friend's day with a fresh bouquet of daisies for Daisy Day. 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 a friend with a chore.

Friday, April 14
Reach as High as You Can Day is the day to help your friend with a few 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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Enjoy cheery yellow.

Saturday, April 15
Plant some yellow daffodils in your friend’s yard, indulge your friend with a 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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Visit the library.

Sunday, April 16
Visit your local library and check out some books for your friend. 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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Write a note.

Monday, April 17
Feeling blah on Blah, Blah, Blah Day? Go to the store and purchase three 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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Give a mom a hand.

Tuesday, April 18
Moms are the ultimate jugglers! For International Juggler's Day plan to help 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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Add some spice.

Wednesday, April 19
If you've signed up to take a meal to your friend don't shy away from the 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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Say "Thank you!"

Thursday, April 20
Volunteer Recognition Day is the day to thank the organizer of your team for 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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Listen.

Friday, April 21
No talking on No Talk Day! Just kidding. If your friend is hospitalized, or 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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Give a dog a bone.

Saturday, April 22
On Dog Biscuit Day mail a care package today to your friend’s dog. It will be 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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Take a chance.

Sunday, April 23
Take a Chance Day! Before you read any further, pick a number between 1 and 5. 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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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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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...