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Give some holiday cheer.

Wednesday, December 12
Brighten your friend’s home or hospital room with a lovely poinsettia for 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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Deck the Halls.

Thursday, December 13
Deck the Halls Day is the perfect time to organize a group to help your friend 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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Provide some warmth.

Friday, December 14
It's National Bouillabaisse Day. If you enjoy making this fish stew, check 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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Share a special treat.

Saturday, December 15
If it's been a little dreary, National Lemon Cupcake Day will help brighten 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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Cover it in chocolate.

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 21
Today is Humbug Day. If your friend is going through a difficult challenge, read more...

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5 Things To Do When Your Friend Is In The Hospital

5 Things To Do When Your Friend Is In The Hospital

When a friend or loved one is in the hospital it can be hard to know what to do. As a friend you want to help, read more...

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Drop off a holiday favorite.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 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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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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Donate for a friend in need.

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

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