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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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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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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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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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Fill a tin.

Wednesday, May 24
For Tin Can Day fill a decorative tin with cookies and deliver it to 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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Clean off your desk.

Thursday, May 25
Clean Off Your Desk Day! After you get your paperwork taken care of, offer to 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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Get cheery with cherries.

Friday, May 26
Cherry pie, cherry cobbler, cherries jubilee, cherry bread, cherry cheesecake. 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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Get ready for summer.

Saturday, May 27
On Sun Screen Day give your friend a fun summertime basket filled with lip 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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Forget-Me-Not.

Sunday, May 28
It's Forget-Me-Not Day. If your friend has lost a loved one recently, offer 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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Share some relaxing music.

Monday, May 29
Mozart Day is the perfect day to give your friend a soothing gift, a basket 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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Water the plants.

Tuesday, May 30
For Water a Plant Day offer to water your friend’s indoor and outdoor plants 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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Splurge.

Wednesday, May 31
Splurge Day is the perfect day to go all out and buy something frivolous and 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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Flip a coin.

Thursday, June 01
It's Flip a Coin Day. Heads: you and your friend do something fun today. 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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Hit the links.

Friday, June 02
Maybe your friends' spouse could really use some relaxation time. On Golfer's 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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Repeat a fun time.

Saturday, June 03
Ask your friend about the most memorable or fun time you two have had together 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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Bake a cake.

Sunday, June 04
You know the saying, "an applesauce cake a day keeps the doctor away." Well, 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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Recycle.

Monday, June 05
We can each make the world a better place by doing our own part. Help your 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 some gardening.

Tuesday, June 06
Pull those weeds, push that wheelbarrow, walk behind the mower, run the edger 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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Eat a sweet treat.

Wednesday, June 07
On a cone, in a dish, or part of a sundae; you can't go wrong with chocolate 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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Celebrate friendship.

Thursday, June 08
Celebrate Best Friends Day with your best friend. Maybe you can go to lunch 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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Take on small tasks.

Friday, June 09
Anyone going through a serious illness has plenty of stress just focusing on 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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Sip some tea.

Saturday, June 10
For Iced Tea Day sip some tea while sitting on a porch swing sharing stories 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 lots of hugs.

Sunday, June 11
Who doesn't love a group hug? Hug Holiday would be the perfect day to gather 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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Bring a single red rose.

Monday, June 12
Give your friend a single red rose with a note about why you admire him so 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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Sew it up.

Tuesday, June 13
On Sewing Machine Day offer to help your friend with mending, alterations, or 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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Pass out flags.

Wednesday, June 14
For Flag Day pass out U.S. flags to residents of a nursing home! #WhatFriendsDo 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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Smile!

Thursday, June 15
It's Smile Power Day. Smiles are contagious; spread some around! Ask your team 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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Bring fresh veggies.

Friday, June 16
Stop at a farmer’s market and gather a basket of fresh veggies for your friend 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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Walk by my side.

Saturday, June 17
Walk with a friend on Walk By My Side Day, and remember that he may move slowly 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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Go fishing.

Sunday, June 18
Go Fishing Day is a great way to spend some quality time with a dear friend, 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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Save a memory.

Monday, June 19
On Save a Memory Day help your friend decorate a shoebox to save all the cards 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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Bring a special treat.

Tuesday, June 20
It's Ice Cream Soda Day. Oh yes, a root beer float! How refreshing. Take all 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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Go skate.

Wednesday, June 21
Looking for a fun activity to do with your friend’s children? How about taking read more...

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Bring a dozen.

Thursday, June 22
It's National Chocolate Eclair Day. What a perfect start to the day! Stop by read more...