Do Good Day

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Join Goodwill Southern California and the Los Angeles Lakers for one fun day of do-good deeds, Friday, December 12. For the community. For the planet. For each other. It can be as simple as donating your spare change, planting a tree in your neighborhood, or lending an ear to a friend. It doesn’t have to cost a thing. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. But it will feel really good! Share your #DoGood deeds on our Facebook page or Twitter to help inspire others.

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So don your red cape, your white 10-gallon hat, or your shining armor.

It looks GOOD on you!

50 Do Good Tips to Get You Started:


  • Be friendly – it only takes a minute to exchange a few pleasant words, a smile, or a “hello” that could lift someone’s spirit.
  • Do someone else’s chore.Start the office coffee pot, even though it’s not “your” job, and help people feel appreciated and cared for.
  • See if your neighbor needs anything when you run to the store.
  • Send a “thinking of you” email.  It’s nice for people to know that you care.
  • Support a friend with a “You could do that!” Sometimes one encouraging comment can have an extraordinary effect on someone’s life.
  • Let someone merge in front of you while driving – you might make them happy for the rest of their trip.
  • Pick up a piece of trash you were about to step over.
  • Send someone a handwritten thank you note.They are so rare now that delivering even a short one can make someone happy.
  • Plant some flowers around your neighborhood to brighten it up and maybe even plant a tree to help nature flourish.
  • Offer to help someone put their groceries into their car.
  • Compliment people you don’t know as well as you would like to – it could be the start of a new friendship.
  • Be a better listener than talker and ask follow up questions – it’ll show that you’re really paying attention.
  • Clean the microwave at work – even if you didn’t make the mess.
  • Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  • Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need.  Your “old” is someone else’s “new”.
  • Write a positive online review about a local small business that you like.
  • Check up on someone who seems lonely.
  • Let someone with only a few items cut in front of you in line at the grocery store.
  • Replace what you’ve used – like filling up the copier with paper after you’ve used it.
  • Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are.
  • Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving.
  • Babysit for someone who doesn’t get out much so they can have some time for themselves.
  • Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit.
  • Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left.
  • Hug a friend.  Let them know how important they are.
  • Bake cookies or brownies and share them with neighbors or colleagues.
  • If you have a good book you’ve read that’s just sitting on a book shelf, pass it on to someone else to enjoy.
  • Leave an encouraging post-it note in a library book or other random place.
  • If you see a couple taking a self-pic, offer to take the picture for them.
  • Donate cat or dog food or old blankets to an animal shelter.
  • When you’re getting fast food, buy an extra meal to give to a homeless person.
  • Cook something delicious for someone you love.
  • Visit the animal shelter and give the pups a cuddle even if you can’t bring them home.
  • Pick up the bill and surprise someone.
  • Hold the elevator door for a co-worker or, better yet, a complete stranger.
  • If you clip coupons, share them with others who may want or need them.
  • Care for a caregiver by giving their loved one a ride to the doctor’s office or by preparing a meal for them both.
  • Avoid gossip today – it doesn’t do anybody any good.
  • Mentor someone of a different ethnic or religious group.
  • See someone with a flat tire?Help them change it!
  • Walk or bike to work today.You’ll save gas and help the environment.
  • Call an old friend who you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Host a pot luck meal and get to know your neighbors.
  • Offer to rake the leaves in a neighbor’s yard.
  • Turn off the TV, take a walk with your kids and talk to them about their day.
  • Say “thank you” to public servants like the police or firefighters.
  • Fix it even if you didn’t break it.
  • Say hello to those in elevators.
  • Ask to see a friend’s family photos – they’ll be happy you cared.
  • When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward instead.

There are thousands of other DO GOOD deeds to be done for your community, the earth and each other. Please inspire others by posting your DO GOOD deeds on our Facebook page or twitter, and help the season of giving get off to a GOOD start!