Special Announcement: Buckingham Big Hearts Charitable Committee
    July is Random Acts of Kindness Month!

    We invite you to participate in Buckingham Big Hearts Charitable Committee’s July 2020 Random Acts of Kindness Month. From July 1st- 31st our staff will be conducting random acts of kindness throughout their communities to spread much needed positivity during these difficult times. Please join us throughout this next month and be sure to share your random acts of kindness with us! We would love to hear how you are making someone’s day better, both big and small.

    “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty”.

    **25 Ways to Make Someone’s Day**
    1. Send a letter to a grandparent/grandchild/parent/sibling/child
    2. Offer to pick up groceries for a neighbor/older relative
    3. Mow your neighbor’s lawn
    4. Buy a coffee for the next person in line
    5. Buy local products from a small vendor
    6. Plant a tree
    7. Let someone go ahead of you while waiting in line
    8. Bake dog treats and donate to local shelter(s)
    9. Leave a few quarters in a vending machine/laundromat
    10. Offer to babysit for a night for free
    11. Send cards to sick children in hospitals that may have limited visitors
    12. Cook a few extra portions of dinner and deliver to family members, elderly neighbors
    13. Send a handwritten thank you note or email to someone – try sending to a new person once a week
    14. Leave a nice note or small gift in the mailbox for the mailman
    15. Compliment someone – a family member, acquaintance, or someone you meet in the store
    16. Send flowers to someone, just to brighten their day
    17. Leave a nice note on someone’s car (imagine their surprise!)
    18. Donate treats, towels, blankets, pet toys to an animal shelter
    19. Post a praise of a local small business on social media
    20. Add coins to someone’s parking meter
    21. Drop off toys, books, or toiletries to a homeless shelter
    22. Donate flowers, board games, food treats, postcards, or letters to a local nursing home facility
    23. Drop off goodie baskets/thank you letters to first responders
    24. Buy someone’s food at the drive-thru
    25. Pick up trash around parks/playgrounds/roads/neighborhoods

    Please submit your Act of Kindness below

    Donating to Our Front Line Workers and First Responders

    We are so proud of our very own, Janet Steinke, Senior Wealth Advisor! In partnership with area Lebanon Chamber of Commerce businesses, they provided breakfast, lunch and dinner to all the three shifts at Bethesda Arrow Springs Medical Center in Lebanon. They also suprised local fire & police departments with special treats to show their appreciation and support for all they do for the wonderful Lebanon community! Thank you to Janet and the Lebanon Chamber businesses for their generous donations to our brave front-line workers and first responders!

    Volunteering at 4 Paws for Ability

    The Buckingham Big Hearts Volunteer Committee donated their time to a wonderful non-profit organization, 4 Paws for Ability, in the early Spring by cleaning and assisting staff at the Xenia facility. 4 Paws for Ability is one of the leading providers of service dogs for children regardless of disability as well as adult children with caregiver guardianship who cannot live independently. 4 Paws also assists veterans by providing service dogs which can assist with disabilities on a case-by-case basis, as well as adults living with hearing loss, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s. A great time was had by all and we’re looking forward to our next volunteer opportunity!

    Buckingham Big Hearts: How You Can Help

    The Buckingham Big Hearts Charitable Committee was formed in 2019 to give back to the communities that have given us so much. We feel it is important to stay positive during the current Covid-19 pandemic that is impacting our lives. We have compiled a list of ideas to help those individuals and businesses that are struggling, along with some simple ways to inspire hope. Enjoy!

    • ●   Spread kindness!
    • ●   Purchase gift cards from the restaurants and businesses in your neighborhood (and don’t forget to leave a tip!)
    • ●   Consider tipping those essential delivery/store pickup employees (i.e. grocery store pickup, parcel delivery, curbside delivery, etc.)
    • ●   The Dayton Foundation has established a community fund that will be distributed to vetted nonprofits that are responding to Covid-19.       daytonfoundation.org/covideresponsefund-how-to-give.html
    • ●   House of Bread is collecting food and household items to be distributed to those in need. houseofbread.org/how-to-help-during-pandemic
    • ●   The Dayton Foodbank is collecting monetary donations for their drive-thru food pantry. thefoodbankdayton.org
    • ●   The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is collecting homemade masks for distribution. gdaha.org/1674-2/
    • ●   The Dayton Sewing Collaborative is providing kits to volunteers to sew face masks for first responders. www.daytonsewing.com/covid
    • ●   Dayton Children’s Hospital is requesting cards to be sent to their patients, since visitors are limited. childrensdayton.org/patientcards
    • ●   Post pictures/drawings of hearts on windows and doors to allow essential workers and first responders to know they are appreciated.
    • ●   Write inspiring messages and pictures with chalk on sidewalks, driveways, etc.
    • ●   Consider fostering a pet. Many humane societies are looking for fosters during this stay-at-home order.
    • ●   Donate crossword puzzles, books, etc. to local nursing homes.
    • ●   Check on your friends, family and neighbors who may need your assistance.

    It is important to maintain optimism and believe that we will not only survive this pandemic, but we will grow as individuals, communities, and a world. If you have additional ideas to help serve our community, please feel free to pass them along to share in future communications.

    The Buckingham Big Hearts Committee