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15 Easy Ways to Change the World on Do1Give Day with Your Family

It takes Just ONE small act to make a difference and it’s so simple a 3-year-old can do it! Do1Give Day is back for its 5th year and we are keeping it so easy for the entire family to participate.

Do1Give Day works on the simple 365give premise that everyone has the power to do Just ONE small act of giving – even children.  It’s how it all started – a mom and her 3-year-old son giving every day. What we have learned is every small act counts and is takes Just ONE to get started and makes a world of difference to you and all you touch.

We can’t do this alone and if we want a happier, healthier more peaceful world for generations to come we need to all get started today – Do1Give Day! We spread the love, we spread the good and most of all spread the happiness!

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15 Ways Your Family Can Do Just ONE Small Act for Do1Give Day

1. Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

Invite nature’s little pollinators by planting flowers or setting up a bee water station in your garden. It’s a fun and educational activity for kids.

2. Donate Books

Share the gift of reading by donating gently used books to a local library, school, or children’s hospital. It’s a wonderful way to pass on stories and knowledge.

3. Craft Kindness Rocks

Paint rocks with cheerful messages or bright designs and scatter them around your community for people to find. It’s a creative way to spread joy and kindness.

4. Make Bird Feeders

Build simple bird feeders from recycled materials and hang them in your yard or a nearby park. It’s a delightful project for kids and helps feed our feathered friends.

5. Share a Smile and Compliments

Teach your kids the power of a smile and encourage them to give compliments to friends, family, and even strangers to brighten their day.

6. Help a Neighbour

As a family, offer to help an elderly neighbour with yard work or grocery shopping. It’s a caring gesture that strengthens community bonds.

7. Decorate Reusable Shopping Bags

Personalize cloth shopping bags with fabric paints or markers and give them to family and friends to promote sustainable living.

8. Thank You Notes to Community Helpers

Have your kids write or draw thank you notes to firefighters, police officers, teachers, and healthcare workers, showing gratitude for their service.

9. Collect and Donate Food

Organize a family trip to the grocery store to buy non-perishable items and donate them to a local food bank. It’s a practical way to support those in need.

10. Host a Virtual Fundraiser

Choose a cause your family is passionate about and host a virtual fundraiser or awareness event. It’s a modern way to engage in giving back.

11. Leave Happy Notes

Spread positivity by hiding happy notes in library books, on car windshields, or around your community for people to discover.

12. Adopt a Spot

Adopt a local spot like a park or beach with your family and commit to keeping it clean by organizing regular clean-up days.

13. Plant a Tree Together

Trees are the lungs of our planet. Planting one as a family not only contributes to a greener earth but also teaches the value of environmental stewardship.

14. Donate Clothes or Toys

Gather items you no longer need and donate them to a local charity. It’s a great way to declutter while helping others. Find a Salvation Army store near you today!

15. Share the Message

Use social media to share your #Do1Give Day activities or post inspiring messages. It’s a great way to inspire others to join in the giving spirit.

Why Make Do1Give Day a Family Event?


Teaching your children to give has numerous benefits that extend far beyond the act of giving itself. These benefits encompass a range of personal, social, and emotional developments that are crucial for a child’s growth into a compassionate, responsible, and socially aware individual.

1. Cultivating Compassionate Character and Social Skills:

Teaching children to give helps instill a range of positive character traits such as responsibility, generosity, respect, honesty, optimism, compassion and fairness. It also enhances their social skills, enabling them to work well in teams, communicate effectively, and set and achieve goals. These traits and skills are essential for their long-term success and personal development​​.

2. Enhancing Emotional Well-being:

Participating in acts of giving and kindness can boost children’s self-esteem and happiness. Knowing that they have made a positive difference in someone’s life provides them with a sense of purpose and fulfillment, which is critical for their emotional well-being​​.

3. Fostering Empathy and Compassion:

Engaging children in giving back helps them develop empathy and compassion. By understanding and sharing the feelings of others, children learn to acknowledge the existence and experiences of those who are different from them. This understanding is foundational to cultivating a more peaceful and harmonious world​​.

4. Building a Sense of Community:

When children get involved in giving back, they become more connected to their community. This connection fosters a sense of belonging and teaches them the importance of contributing to the common good​​.

5. Encouraging Gratitude:

Learning about and engaging in acts of giving makes children more aware of their own privileges and the struggles of others. This awareness leads to a deeper appreciation and gratitude for what they have and for the acts of kindness they receive from others​​.

6. Understanding the Impact of Their Actions:

It’s important for children to see the impact of their generosity. Whether they are donating items, volunteering their time, or engaging in simple acts of kindness, witnessing the positive outcomes of their actions reinforces the value of giving and encourages them to continue contributing to the well-being of others​​.

7. Identifying Interests and Passions:

Through giving, children can discover what matters most to them and feel empowered to make a difference in those areas. Conversations about charity and engaging in various giving activities can help children identify their interests and passions early on​​.

8. Global Awareness:

Teaching children about global issues and encouraging empathy towards people from diverse cultures and backgrounds can enhance their ability to engage meaningfully with the world. By understanding global challenges and learning how they can contribute to change, children are empowered to act on their beliefs and make a positive impact​​.

Altruism is a powerful tool for children’s development, offering a wide array of benefits that prepare them for a successful, fulfilling, and compassionate life. We aren’t just saying this it’s all based on science – you can check it out on our “Benefits of Giving” page.

Encouraging your children to give is not just about helping others; it’s about nurturing a generation that is kind, generous, and socially responsible. We know it works because we have done it ourselves.

Join us on Thursday, April 25th to make an impact that will ripple. You will find a free guide and activities to get you started on our website. We have endless ideas check out the posts below for more great ideas to give.

50 Ways to Spread Happiness with Giving

How “Just ONE” Small Act of Giving Can Change the World on #Do1Give Day

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)