When was the last time you did something nice, just ’cause you could?
Well, TD has launched a new campaign called #maketodaybetter, and the bank has doled out $30,000 to 24 of its customers to make their good deeds come to life.
But there was no lead time, no meetings about meetings and no red tape–each participant was given just 24 hours to make the day better for a community, a person or a cause.
It’s not every day that a bank just hands you $30,000, and the surprised looks on each of the participants proves that. It’s a staggering amount of money, and it was put to good use, whether it was to install an accessibility ramp for a woman who couldn’t leave her house, throw a fancy gala for foster children or provide sporting equipment for kids who have always gone without. It’s the kind of do-gooder project that really tugs at your heartstrings, like a Hallmark commercial.
It got us thinking: most people don’t have wads of cash being thrown at them, so what could you do in 24 hours to #maketodaybetter for someone? Here’s how:
Pay it forward
A simple thing to do is buy someone a coffee, whether it’s a co-worker, someone you’ve seen on the street, or the person behind you in line at your favourite coffee shop. Simple gestures like this can turn a bad morning into a great start to a day.
Buy a sweater
No, this isn’t for you. Before you buy your next trendy piece, consider whether you actually need it. Donation bins need love, and so do organizations like Dress for Success. With the holidays in bloom, consider buying a brand new sweater for someone who could really use one, instead of adding to your collection. (Here’s a sweater for $20 to get you started.)
Inspire a child
It’s easy to say no to a child, but what if you took their whims as an investment instead of an annoyance? Set a small, 24-hour budget for a child and tell them they can do anything with it, as long as it’s creative. The next step? Wait for it. You’ll find joy in seeing the magic of childhood wonder, while a kid will have the opportunity to see out his or her idea. Even if it is painfully bad, you just inspired a kid to try. We recommend taking the artful outcome and turning it into something just as special.
Make dinner for two
You might have a roommate, or your hubby might be on an entirely different work schedule, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show you are thinking about them. If you’re already making dinner for yourself, make enough for two or more (and not so you have leftovers all week). Set up a beautifully prepped plate, cover it and leave in the oven on a low heat. The last step? Put a handwritten note nearby letting your loved one know someone’s thinking about them. And no, it’s not their birthday.
Hug it out
With so much of our time spent on our phones, intimacy can seem secondary. Hug a friend. It may seem inconsequential, but a hug is warm, consoling and makes you feel safe. And the best part, it’s free.
All of these ideas are simple, cheap and cheerful, and you can spread them out throughout the week. Think of it as an altruistic to-do list. But if you’re extra-keen, you’ve got 24 hours. Let us know how you do!