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Thank a nurse.

Thursday, November 15
Operating Room Nurse Day! These are special people who don’t often have read more...

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Call Ahead.

Call Ahead.

Do not just show up. Schedule a time that will be convenient for your friend. If your friend needs to cancel, read more...

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Make a-mends.

Friday, November 16
It's Button Day! Buttons, zippers, hems, your friend probably isn’t getting read more...

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On the importance of staying close

On the importance of staying close

Families who have a family member undergoing treatment for cancer or who have just lost a loved one often feel read more...

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Bake something delicious.

Saturday, November 17
On Homemade Bread Day, encourage your team to help stock your friend’s freezer read more...

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Make sure pets are safe.

Make sure pets are safe.

In cases of severe emergencies, keep in mind that Humane Societies offer emergency services for pet owners. read more...

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Grab a burger.

Sunday, November 18
Sometimes comfort food is just what the doctor ordered. For Fast Food Day read more...

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Friendship isn't always 50/50.

Friendship isn't always 50/50.

Whatever illness, crisis, recovery or transition your friend is going through, he or she quite possibly cannot read more...

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Give your support.

Monday, November 19
The Great American Smokeout is too important not to include on our list of read more...

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Yes, it will be okay. But it's not right now.

Yes, it will be okay. But it's not right now.

Your friend will go through many emotions through the course of his or her life-changing event. Try to leave read more...

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Enjoy the day.

Tuesday, November 20
It's Beautiful Day! Remind your friend of how beautiful you think they are read more...

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Pets are family, too!

Pets are family, too!

If your friend has a pet, you can brighten everyone's day by doing something special for the pet. read more...

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Hello!

Wednesday, November 21
Hello! !Hola! Ni Hao! Ciao! It's World Hello Day! If your friend has a read more...

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Sign up for a meal.

Sign up for a meal.

If your friend has a team on WhatFriendsDo, sign up there to take a meal rather than showing up with a surprise read more...

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Go for a ride.

Thursday, November 22
Go for a Ride Day! This is a perfect opportunity to offer to take a friend who read more...

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Bring the whole meal.

Bring the whole meal.

Take the WHOLE meal (salad, vegetables, fruit, bread, dessert) not just the main course. read more...

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Let's hear it for the guys!

Friday, November 23
It's All About Guys Day! This is the day for the guy who is the rock, the one read more...

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Drop off a surprise.

Drop off a surprise.

If you love surprises use them for random acts of kindness and daily ideas that can just be dropped off or read more...

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Talk over coffee.

Saturday, November 24
Tell your friend there are special perks to having a friend like you! It's read more...

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Offer specific help often.

Offer specific help often.

Remember that saying call if you need anything often feels like the cliché, let's do lunch. Your friend most read more...

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Give a dog a bone.

Sunday, November 25
It's Four-Legged Friend Day. When you visit your friend today, take along a read more...

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Surprises

Surprises

Sometimes surprises are NOT a good idea. As well meaning as a major project or fund-raising event may be, check read more...

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Make a honey-do list.

Monday, November 26
If your friend is widowed or if the family is going through a major illness or read more...

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Let your friend share when the time is right.

Let your friend share when the time is right.

We humans go through extreme highs and extreme lows whether we are celebrating the birth of a precious baby, read more...

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Sew it up.

Tuesday, November 27
Pins and Needles Day sounds like a day for anxiety. Instead, make it a day of read more...

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Don't forget pets.

Don't forget pets.

Take along a pet treat when you visit your friend. read more...

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Make a hearty breakfast.

Wednesday, November 28
It's French Toast Day! What better way to start a cool fall day then with warm read more...

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Walk the dog.

Walk the dog.

Offer to take a dog for a walk or to a dog park for a good run. read more...

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Send an e-greeting.

Thursday, November 29
Electronic Greetings Day! This should be an easy one. Send your friend an read more...

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Be Patient.

Be Patient.

Be patient and continue to stay in touch with your friend from your end. Your friend will be so grateful that read more...

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Hug it out.

Friday, November 30
Hugs and Kisses Day! So sweet. Whether you give chocolate hugs and kisses, or read more...

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Just say no...it's what we do.

Just say no...it's what we do.

Accepting help can sometimes make us feel that others consider us to be incompetent. So, when you offer to help read more...

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Eat an apple.

Saturday, December 01
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Trying to decide what you can take to a read more...

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Keep to the schedule.

Keep to the schedule.

Sign up on the Calendar for the day and time you will take a meal. The team Coordinator has indicated the days read more...

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Bake a pie.

Sunday, December 02
It's National Pie Day. If you didn't get apples delivered to your friend read more...

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Take food in recyclable containers you do not need back or label your dishes. Use your WhatFriendsDo team and read more...

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Count your blessings.

Monday, December 03
Many of us take for granted the everyday luxuries that we enjoy. Today is the read more...

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Offer a choice.

Offer a choice.

One tactic that might be helpful is to suggest a choice. For example, may I run some errands for you on read more...

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Eat some sweets.

Tuesday, December 04
It's Brownie Day! How did we make it all the way to December without read more...

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Let your friend know you are there.

Let your friend know you are there.

Even though your friend will need and want time to BE alone, make sure your friend never FEELS alone!! read more...

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Relax in the bath.

Wednesday, December 05
Today is Bathtub Party Day. Your friend will enjoy some fun bubble bath or read more...

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5 Things To Do When Your Friend Is In The Hospital

5 Things To Do When Your Friend Is In The Hospital

When a friend or loved one is in the hospital it can be hard to know what to do. As a friend you want to help, read more...

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Warm your fingers.

Thursday, December 06
Keep your hands warm on Mitten Tree Day. If your friend lives in a cold read more...

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Don't drop in.

Don't drop in.

Drop-in visits, while well intended, can sometimes be intrusive and untimely. Schedule a visit through your read more...

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Share some cotton candy.

Friday, December 07
On National Cotton Candy Day drop off some cotton candy, or something cotton read more...

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Bring snacks.

Bring snacks.

Many people will bring meals. Consider giving your friend a snack basket, junk food as well as the nutritious read more...

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Just listen.

Saturday, December 08
Listening is a gift. Spend some time on Take it in the Ear Day just talking read more...

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Just listen.

Just listen.

You don't have to know what to say, and you don't have to have answers. Just listen and be there for your read more...

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Take a treat.

Sunday, December 09
It's National Pastry Day! Coffee cake for breakfast, pie for dessert; whatever read more...

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Remember dietary restrictions.

Remember dietary restrictions.

Remember dietary restrictions. Check WhatFriendsDo team page for likes, dislikes, allergies, and for meal read more...

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Say cheese!

Monday, December 10
Say cheese today because it's Cut the Cheese Day! A cheese board with a few read more...

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Order Delivery.

Order Delivery.

Call ahead, pay and have a meal delivered to your friend's doorstep. read more...

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Hi Neighbor!

Tuesday, December 11
Today is Hi Neighbor Day. Has your friend’s neighbor been a life-saver over read more...

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Send a note.

Send a note.

Send a note or card to your friend just to let them know you are thinking of them. It will be very much read more...

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Give some holiday cheer.

Wednesday, December 12
Brighten your friend’s home or hospital room with a lovely poinsettia for read more...

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Send a gift card.

Send a gift card.

Send a restaurant gift card to your friend as an alternative to cooking a meal. read more...

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Deck the Halls.

Thursday, December 13
Deck the Halls Day is the perfect time to organize a group to help your friend read more...

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Check Tips & Ideas.

Check Tips & Ideas.

Check WhatFriendsDo Tips & Ideas for suggestions of ways to keep in touch and simple acts of kindness that will read more...

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Provide some warmth.

Friday, December 14
It's National Bouillabaisse Day. If you enjoy making this fish stew, check read more...

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Research fundraising activities.

Research fundraising activities.

Check to see if there are legal implications to whatever you may be planning for your friend (such as a read more...

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Share a special treat.

Saturday, December 15
If it's been a little dreary, National Lemon Cupcake Day will help brighten read more...