Kindness Revolution Day 18: Giving to Children

When my husband Curtis and I bought our home we inherited a portable basketball hoop. You know the kind that stand alone on a base and can be set up anywhere? Neither of us is much into basketball. Bear with me as this story takes a detour.

We also inherited a leaky hot water heater. So, we called the plumber to get it replaced. As we talked to him, we learned he is from Australia (the accent gave it away!) and has a couple of young boys. He did such a good job and even cleaned up after he finished the plumbing job, we decided to offer him the basketball hoop. He said his boys love basketball and would certainly get some use out of it. He was happy to take it. So, the basketball hoop found a good home and will probably provide hours of fun and exercise for a couple of young boys (and probably a few of their friends too). If you have toys or sports equipment gathering dust, perhaps there are some kids in your community who would benefit from them.

If youre just joining us for the Kindness Revolution, Im doing my part (well, at least trying) to spread kindness in the world by giving 29 gifts in 29 days, inspired by the book 29 Gifts. And, Im asking you to join me. If youre just tuning in, check out the first blog in this series. And, don’t forget that it’s never too late to join the Kindness Revolution. Start today!

And, dont forget to add your comments to my blog over the next few weeks because, with the help of the kind people at, Ill be giving away more free copies of my books tomorrow and next Saturday! Winners will be selected from the comments!

Check out the other articles in the Kindness Revolution Series:

Join the Kindness Revolution: Give 29 Gifts in 29 Days

The Kindness Revolution Day 2: Book Giveaways!

Kindness Revolution Day 3: Mediterranean Feast

Kindness Revolution Day 4: Foot Massage

Kindness Revolution Day 5: I Failed Miserably Today

Kindness Revolution Day 6: Giving Clothes to Charity

Kindness Revolution Day 7: Advice from an African Medicine Woman

Kindness Revolution Day 8: Music for the Soul

Kindness Revolution Day 9: Donate to Your Local Library

Kindness Revolution Day 10: Letter from the Prime Minister

Kindness Revolution Day 11: Letter to a Friend

Kindness Revolution Day 12: Sharing 29 Gifts

Kindness Revolution Day 13: Win Free Books!

Kindness Revolution Day 14: Chinese Secret to Reduce a Fever

Kindness Revolution Day 15: Barbecue for the Roofers

Kindness Revolution Day 16: Donate to the Food Bank

Kindness Revolution Day 17: Clearing the Gulf Oil Spill

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.about a year ago

A Great Gesture :)

Emma S.
Emma S.4 years ago

We can't always afford much, but usually manage to get books (sometimes second hand) and craft/art stuff for various nieces and nephews. And it's not always tangible stuff you have to offer - we can offer help, advice and ideas to the children we teach at our youth theatre.

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paul l.5 years ago

There are always old toys in perfectly good condition, that are just gathering dust.
Talking about the basketball loop, our one daughter had the same thing that she inherited.
Now the four girls (remember in S.Africa they play netball which is played by girls, now all four my granddaughters play netball and my other daughter also bought a netball loop for her daughters and friends.
Wonderful to be able to do something for children.
They are not yet blasé and it makes one's heart glad to see the thankfulness on their faces.!

Monica A.
Tara Aiello5 years ago

I donate all my things to charity-it is important. The act of kindness never gets old.

Jos� Mar�a Olmos Sant

Childs today will be adults tomorrow.

Val Leishman
Val Leishman5 years ago

I give all my sons used toys to a coworker's son. He loves his pal's topoys and books!

Carole K.
Carole K.5 years ago

I LOVE this Kindness Revolution series of ideas; & I hope to see it continued here @ Care 2 for a very long time if not forever! Have you noticed that the posts come from all types of people with all types of suggestions? That shows that EVERYONE can give or contribute something irregardless of economic means- how much money you have. One suggestion that I have NOT seen here so far is to tap into the Freecycle network. I had a huge collection of "teaching tools" (toys, puzzles, games, etc.) to give away when I retired from teaching. These were given through Freecycle to individual families, home day care & preschool programs where these things would be put to good use. Just Google Freecycle and you should be able to find your nearest local group of Freecyclers, as it is a nation-wide organization. Freecycle e-mails daily alerts as to what is needed in your area & you can post what you have to give away also.

Linda Mills
Linda Mills5 years ago

great way to give back to the universe