By Maddie Wiley, Contributor

faith serves sept article

Take some time during your busy back-to-school, work or family schedule to do some service this month! As the leaves are changing you can make a choice to change too as you better adopt the idea of service into your life. #FaithServes is a social media event to inspire people to serve their friends, families and communities. Pick service ideas from the following list to complete throughout the month of September and as you serve we’d love you to take pictures and post your stories to social media using #FaithServes. And if you see service happening, to you or to others, post as well using #FaithServes. We will be “reposting” participant pictures throughout the month and will share service stories at the end of the event. You can also follow @MyFaithCounts on Twitter for daily service reminders!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Ghandi

Service Ideas

  1. Volunteer to mow a neighbor’s lawn
  2. Bring candy bars to a cashier at your local grocery store
  3. Donate magazines to a hospital for the waiting rooms
  4. Leave quarters taped to a candy machine with a nice note
  5. Post happy quotes in random places
  6. Pay for the person behind you at a coffee shop
  7. Donate school supplies to help out teachers
  8. Spend some time picking up trash at your local park
  9. Volunteer to wash a neighbor’s car!
  10. Ask if you can pay for the car behind you in the drive thru line
  11. Cook dinner for a family member
  12. Bring your friend a muffin at school/work
  13. Send a homemade card to a family member
  14. Take some time and read a book to a child
  15. Write a handwritten thank you note for someone who helped you out
  16. Bring a friend flowers
  17. “Heart Attack” someone’s door
  18. Put a random grocery cart away in the parking lot
  19. Volunteer at a women’s shelter
  20. Send thank you letters to firemen
  21. Donate coloring books and markers to a hospital
  22. Let a car merge in front of you with a smile
  23. Help someone with car troubles
  24. Send a thank you to a former school teacher
  25. Offer to pet sit for a neighbor
  26. Facebook message a compliment to three people
  27. Help a mother with her baby stroller
  28. Mail a handwritten letter to your grandparents
  29. Give someone a book you think they would enjoy
  30. Hold the elevator for someone
  31. Buy lemonade from a kid’s stand

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