Random acts of kindness to brighten up Asheville’s community

Put a smile on your neighbor’s face with these out-of-the-blue niceties.


We challenge you to perform a random act of kindness before the sun sets.

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February is the season of love, but we’re adding kindness to the mix. Tomorrow, Feb. 17, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, but these acts can be performed any time of year.

From simple gestures to volunteering your time, here are six random acts of kindness you can perform to make a neighbor’s day or brighten up the community.

Bring treats to work 🍩

Next time you’re on the way to work, grab your coworkers some coffee or pastries. Pro tip: doughnuts and brews from Hole Doughnuts are a perfect pairing.

Pay for a student’s lunch 💰

School lunches cost ~$3 a day, which can be a burden for some students. Call your local school district’s nutrition services and ask to pay a student’s backdue charges.

Show local businesses some love ❤️

It’s no secret that we love our local businesses. Next time you stop by your go-to spots, tip generously or write a positive review. Oh, and don’t forget to use your Go Local card.

Plant native species 🌱

Add some green to your community by planting native species. Use the National Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Finder to start your search.

Help our furry friends 🐾

Consider fostering or adopting a furry friend in need of a home, or volunteer at a local shelter like Asheville Humane Society. You can also donate monetarily or drop off blankets, toys, food, and supplies.

Volunteer with local organizations ✋

Check out our growing list of 40 organizations with local volunteer opportunities.

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