At Nannies Plus, our core values directly reflect our mission and vision of creating authentic and impactful family teams. We share kindness and compassion through our words and actions; we establish trust by actively listening to, collaborating with, and supporting the nannies and families we serve; we focus on harmony and inclusiveness in the office and through all of the matches we make, and we practice acknowledgment–even in its simplest form by being responsive to our community and letting them know that they are seen and heard. We honor these values within our team and by working with nannies and families who are aligned with these principles.

Now, more than ever, humanity needs kindness and grace. Exhaustion and stress might make it difficult to create space to be compassionate and mindful. For these reasons, we are inviting the Nannies Plus community to participate in National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th. 

Below is a list of 25 ways to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Many of these ideas are free and family-friendly. We encourage you to get the whole family team involved, even the youngest members, and we remind you that each and every one of these things will have an even greater impact if done with a smile on your face!

  1. Call, text, or video chat with a friend, family member, or neighbor just to tell them that you care about them and are thinking of them.
  1. Shop small! Purchase something from a small local business, and be sure to leave an excellent review when you’re done!
  1. Work together with your children or charges to find gently used toys, clothing, and gear that can be donated to a shelter or crisis nursery.
  1. Leave a bigger tip than usual for your barista, waiter, or delivery person.
  1. Animal shelters are always in need of blankets, towels, treats, and food. Consider donating an item or two to pets in need at your local shelter.
  1. Give a sincere compliment to at least three people.
  1. Purchase or shop your own pantry for shelf-stable and canned foods to donate to a local food pantry.
  1. Reach out to a coworker, acquaintance, or peer that you wouldn’t normally talk to and engage them in friendly conversation.
  1. Thank those in the service industry. Leave a note of gratitude and/or small gift for your mail person, waste collector, gardener, housekeeper, nanny. Get the kids involved by asking them to draw pictures or write their own thank you notes!
  1. Throw away any litter you come across throughout the day.
  1. Pay the bridge toll for the person behind you.
  1. Practice patience and courtesy in traffic; let cars ahead of you and wave to the people who are considerate of you on the road.
  1. Prepare a meal or a small care package for an elderly neighbor or someone in need.
  1. Send a family member or friend flowers or a kind card.
  1. Donate blood.
  1. Purchase or donate warm clothing, cold weather accessories, or unopened travel-sized toiletries for the homeless.
  1. Explore GoFundMe for causes that speak to you. Donate, or simply share the page to social media to bring more awareness.
  1. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump–make sure there’s a note!
  1. Make a special breakfast for your family.
  1. Send baked goods or a hot lunch to a teacher, a firehouse, or a nurse’s station.
  1. Make a special effort to learn and address everyone you speak with by their name.
  1. If you notice people walking through your neighborhood trying to find recyclables with cash value, set aside your clean recyclables for that person.
  1. Donate a book to a library, a children’s hospital, or a child in need.
  1. Allow someone to pass you in the lunch or grocery store line, or give up a nearby parking spot to someone behind you.
  1. Be kind to yourself! Leave yourself a positive note on a mirror, spend some extra time on self care, or purchase yourself a small treat you wouldn’t normally purchase.

Are you going to participate in RAK Day? What do you plan to do?

(For more information on Random Acts of Kindness Day and the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, visit their website at