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Mandela Day

18 July 2012, 09:22

If you’re slightly behind in your planning this year and haven’t come up with any amazing ideas yet, don’t panic. I have put  together and came up with not one, not two, but 67 great ideas for you to choose from!

1. Bake cupcakes (or put together care packs) for teachers at an under-resourced school

2. Do a neighbourhood clean-up armed with plastic gloves and black bags

3. Sort donated clothes in near Clothes donations organisations

4. Help serve lunch or dinner at a soup kitchen

5. Make ‘care kits’ (including a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and face cloth )for patients at a nearby government hospital

6. Throw a tea party for the children at a children’s home

7. Offer to mow the lawn and fix up the garden at a nursing home or hospice

8. Visit Police Stations and Clinic to help out on cleaning

9. Host a meal packaging event through Stop Hunger Now

10. Organise a blanket drive

11. As an office, make sandwiches to hand out to people living on the street

12. Organise a fun outing for children in an HIV/Aids programme

13. Read stories to children at a children’s home

14. Learn First Aid to teach

15. Give blood

16. Become an organ donor

17. Host a dinner where the meal budget is R5 per person

18. Do a sponsored walk/hike/swim

19. Set up a recycling system for your home

20. Create a car pool schedule with your colleagues

21. Plant a garden or tree where the whole community can enjoy it

22. Clean up a city park

23. Offer to mow the grass at a school park

24. Fix things at a local school or organisation (paint, fix broken windows)

25. Remove graffiti

26. Help build a home with Habitat for Humanity

27.Visit the oncology unit at your local hospital and play with the children

28. Walk instead of taking your car

29. Hold a teddy bear drive for abused children

30. Visit a local safety house and read to children

31. Organise a tea party for care givers

32. Teach at an adult literacy centre

33. Baby-sit for a single parent

34. Volunteer at your local animal shelter

35. Adopt a pet from your local animal shelter

36. Donate books to your local library

37. Collect and distribute children’s books to under-resourced schools

38. Start or join a reading club at a nearby under-resourced school

39. Donate magazines and books to a home for retired people

40. Invite a carer to go on a relaxing outing to the beach or to a park for a picnic

41. Throw a tea party for the residents of an old age home

42. Mow the garden or clean the windows for a senior citizen

43. Pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly person

44. Go for a walk with a senior citizen in your community

45. Teach someone how to use a computer and the Internet

46. Tutor a student that needs help learning English

47. Donate your old computer to a school

48. Hold a mini-Olympics at a school

49. Give up your seat on the bus or train to someone

50. Mentor a young person at Beth Uriel

51. Offer to attend a high school class to talk to students about your career

52. Train to become a Lifeline counsellor

53. Knit a blanket for someone in need

54. Bake cookies and take them to a police station for the police officers

55. Write a letter to a newspaper editor about an issue you care about

56. Blog about a charity that needs support

57. Offer your skills (finance, marketing, customer service) to help an organisation run more efficiently

58. Organise a prayer meeting with family and friends to pray for our country

59. Raise funds and select few learners to help with school clothes

60. Clean community streets

61. Sign up for MySchool and donate to your favourite organisations

62. Donate books by reading online

63. Read the first 67 pages of Generous Justice by Tim Keller

64. Park your car and share lunch with a Big Issue seller

65. Knit a Valuable to Jesus doll

66. Go through your house and donate items to your nearest charity shop

67. Make everyday Mandela Day!

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