Recently, I stumbled upon a post on Tracie Stier-Johnson’s blog in which she tells about a Christmas project she and her daughters did together in 2010. Their plan was to share God’s love with others by performing one Random Act of Christmas Kindness (aka RACK) on each day of Advent.
They carefully planned their mission by pre-determining RACKS and placing them in an advent calendar (an idea that Tracie borrowed from Katherine Marie’s blog post HERE). Their ideas included:
- Taping candy canes to ATM machines around town,
- Taping quarters to vending and toy machines around town,
- Grocery shopping for the sole purpose of putting it in the “Food for Families” box,
- Feeding meters around town,
- Donating Christmas stockings with treats to a school in need,
- Ringing Salvation Army bells,
- Handing out Starbucks gift cards ($5.00 value each),
- Paying past due library fees for 5 people,
- Donating a poinsettia to the girls’ school,
- Donating toys for “Toys 4 Tots,”
- Bringing the girls teachers their favorite coffee drinks,
- Bringing treats to the employees of their local Post Office branch,
- Purging from the girls personal “library” and donating to a school library in need.
The RACK project was a huge success (Tracie summarizes it HERE), and for Tracie’s daughters it became a valuable lesson on servitude.
RACK. What a great way to say, “Thank you, God, for Jesus!”
Random Acts of Christmas Kindness needn’t be expensive. Random Acts of Kindness.org has plenty of ideas that cost little or nothing.
So, this Advent season be on the lookout for opportunities to RACK some people. They’ll be blessed and so will you.
“. . . remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35 (NIV)
BONUS: Tracie shares some RACK activity cards that you can download for your own use. Find them HERE.
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