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29 ways to help others on Leap Day

Sarah Moreland Byrne | Feb 12, 2020

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Have you ever thought, “Oh, if only I had an extra day to … ?” To sleep. To check things off a to-do list. To spend quality time with your loved ones.

What about to make the world a better place?

Because 2020 is a leap year, we get the luxury of an additional 24 hours. Better yet, leap day falls on a Saturday. Whether you’re sharing a little kindness with a stranger or preparing a big event with your fellow club members, it’s easy to use your extra day for something good.

In need of a little inspiration? Here are some project ideas — 29, to be exact — to get you started:

  1. Write cards of encouragement for a school or children’s hospital.
  2. Ask your local library if you can volunteer as a group reader.
  3. Check with organizations in your community that may need extra help — such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs or Special Olympics.
  4. Help out at a soup kitchen.
  5. Sort donations at a food pantry.
  6. Team up with a few friends and pick up trash at a park or playground.
  7. Set up a clothing or book drive.
  8. Join an outdoor beautification project in your city, if weather permits. 
  9. Involve members of K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, CKI and Aktion Club in a joint service project — then celebrate with a fun social hour.
  10. Write congratulatory messages to graduating Key Club and CKI seniors. 
  11. Pay for the order of the person in line after you at a fast-food restaurant, coffee shop or grocery store.
  12. Host a resume-writing and interviewing practice session for students preparing for college and work life. 
  13. If you have crafting skills, knit hats for babies.
  14. Train kids how to safely ride a bike.
  15. Donate gently used items (clothing, electronics, eyeglasses, etc.) to an organization that can reuse or recycle them for those in need.
  16. Build a little free library for your community.
  17. Host a game day for kids — outdoor sports if the weather’s nice, or an indoor board game tournament if not.
  18. Spread the word about a favorite charity.
  19. Write a positive online review of an organization you or your club has collaborated with to help more kids.
  20. Teach kids how to grow their own food.
  21. Host a diaper and baby formula donation drive to collect supplies for mothers and newborns in need.
  22. Pack and distribute first-aid kits to families for their homes and vehicles.
  23. Help families in need celebrate birthdays and milestones by creating a “party in a box” with balloons, streamers and signs.
  24. Mentor a child.
  25. Turn plastic bags into upcycled, waterproof blankets for those in need.
  26. Set up a fundraising challenge for charity.
  27. Sponsor a family in need to attend a museum, theater or attraction.
  28. Provide kids with supplies to create puppets and perform their own puppet show.
  29. Start planning an end-of-year ceremony to recognize your club’s BUG and Terrific Kids students’ achievements. 

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