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Join us in unleashing 5,000 acts of compassion in our neighborhoods and communities! Whether you are a family with littles, a college student or somewhere in between, we invite you to make a difference in your community!  When we reach outside our comfort zone God can use us in ways we’d never imagine.

Make a difference! Decide how you’ll unleash compassion from the weekly drop down ideas below. Leave a “You are loved” card with anyone you serve to invite them to Eastside. For additional cards visit your campus or download here. Pin each act of compassion above. Visit your campus to see the interactive map display as we work to collectively unleash 5,000 acts of compassion!

WEEK #1
MARCH 14 - 18

NEIGHBORS

  • Mow their lawn
  • Walk their pets 
  • Babysit if appropriate
  • Carry their groceries
  • Bring in their trash cans 
  • Water their plants or tend to their garden
  • Assist with their home repairs 
  • Shovel snow or ice from their driveway or sidewalk
  • Purchase their groceries
  • Or meet another need!

Whether you’re meeting your neighbor for the first time or you know they are experiencing a loss, illness or difficult situation.

  • Bring baked goods to a neighbor
  • Purchase or cut flowers to brighten someone’s day
  • Give a family a gift card for a night out or activities/treats for a night in
  • Encourage someone in your life with a gift card to get a treat with a friend (or take them out for a treat yourself)!
  • Leave Treats for Your Delivery Person
  • Pay for someone else’s meal or bill or groceries.

WEEK #2
MARCH 21 - 27

**HELPERS

  • Drop off a gift card, flowers or other small gift as appropriate

  • Self care items are also especially helpful

  • Write a note or use your creative skills to make a card for someone that has served as a helper in your life. Share your favorite quality of theirs or tell them what they have meant to you!
  • Have your child draw a picture of what their teacher/helper means to them

Ask a helper what supplies they are in need of and then meet the need 

  • Most requested by teachers are often new Expo white markers, erasers, reams of white paper, sanitizing wipes, tissues, prizes for students, or Amazon gift cards (but feel free to ask for specifics)

  • Common needs for school social workers and counselors include art supplies to use in sessions, fidget toys + stress balls, snacks to share with kids, and journals

  • Ideas for Foster Families might include date night gift cards and/or babysitting, a weeknight meal drop off, family activity baskets (games, movies, meal), or ask about other unique needs.

WEEK #3
MARCH 24 - APRIL 4

COMMUNITY

Local partners have identified specific needs such as welcome home kits, hygiene kits, cold weather kits, etc. Check out Eastside Partner needs in: 

 

Gather your crew and purchase and deliver new items from an organization’s wishlist. Consider your workplace, scout troop, classroom, small group, neighborhood or friends! 

Check out Eastside Partner needs in:

 

*Helpers are people in our lives and communities who give so much to others including educators, counselors, social workers, non-profit workers, medical professionals, janitors, foster parents and anyone in a helping profession.

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kidside, jhm & hsm be sure to have your parent's permission for any of the challenges.
make plans to serve as a family and invite others to join you!
share on your social media channels & don't forget to tag @eatside_CC

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