Make 2013 a year of kind acts

2013-01-02T00:00:00Z Make 2013 a year of kind actsJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
January 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Welcome to 2013. Here are my grand plans for the year.

While writing my last column, I learned of a Chicago blogger who spent 2012 doing 366 random acts of kindness. He did one each day, including the extra day due to leap year. He was inspired by the birth of his daughter in late 2011.

He did things as simple as taking a penny and leaving 50 at the 7-11 to sending greeting cards to random addresses. He also crashed a wedding registry, sending a couple he didn’t know a present and congratulatory card; ran a 5K for charity and became a pen pal to a sick child. He documented all of his efforts at

I don’t think I’ll make it to 366, but I hope to spend the year following this blogger’s lead. It would be a great lesson not only for me, but for my son to learn the importance of helping others.

We can all start by donating books to the Humane Society Calumet Area, 421-45th St. in Munster. They’re hosing a book sale starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 to 15. They are accepting gently used adult and youth books, CDs and DVDs. For information, visit or call (219) 922-3811.

Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., also accepts donations of used books, audio books, music and videos for its book sales. Items can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk. For information, call (708) 474-2447.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is always looking for volunteers to help the staff maintain healthy ecosystems. You can visit to learn about ways to help. The website also suggests calling your local site for additional volunteer opportunities. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15890 Paxton Ave. in South Holland, can be reached at (708) 868-0606.

My son turns 1 later this month, and we haven’t even found a spot to put all his new Christmas presents. For his birthday, I’m going to suggest our friends and family make donations in his name.

I’m going to get him a small present — a Tyrannosaurus rex. For $39, you can adopt your own dinosaur and help Chicago’s Field Museum at the same time. The gift includes a small plush dinosaur, certificate of adoption and an invitation to Members’ Night at the museum. For information, visit or call Membership Services at (312) 665-7700.

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