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52 Ways to Give Simple, Bite-Sized Service


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  1. Leave an item near an area it might be useful in – a book in a reading area, lotion in the bathroom at work, an umbrella near a door.
  2. Call the hospital and ask them who hasn’t have visitors for a while that you can send flowers to. 
  3. Invite a neighbor who lives alone or the missionaries to come to dinner, especially on a holiday.
  4. Smile at everyone you talk to today. 
  5. Hold the elevator for someone or offer to push the button for them if you are in front of the panel.
  6. Donate blood or volunteer to help support those who do with treats, encouragement, etc.
  7. Don’t pass along gossip. Balance negative comments with positive ones and serve the person who is being talked about.
  8. Offer to take a photograph for someone or give them directions if they look lost. Sometimes people are hesitant to ask a passing stranger for help, so volunteer!
  9. Send someone a gift or card or give them a call on their birthday. This is a great way to show someone that you are thinking of them.
  10. Carry a pass-along card or Book of Mormon with you in your bag to give to someone during your week.
  11. Volunteer to give a prayer or substitute for someone at church. 
  12. Replace an activity you do for yourself (i.e. social media) with one of these service thoughts.

We came across this touching commercial the other day. The message behind it is an inspiring reminder that service can easily be adapted into our daily activities. Have some other ideas for simple service? Share them in the comments below! 


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