There are so many wonderful people in our communities who go out of their way and even risk their lives for us every single day. Often these people go about their jobs without ever really being thanked for the extraordinary things they do.

Here are some fun ways to show community workers how much they really are appreciated or to show your support for someone who may need a little encouragement.

Law Enforcement or Fire Fighters




Thank you to the Secret Santa in San Juan Capistrano that left a “survival kit for law enforcement officers” on the hood of an OCSD deputy’s car this weekend. You brought a much-needed smile to our faces! We are honored to serve the OC community and appreciate your support. – Orange County Sherrif’s Department, CA


The Whole Truth Project has a lovely idea to give the officers at Carrolton, Texas PD a pack of Lifesavers with a little note to express their appreciation.


A kind note left on one of the patrol cars at Calgary Police station really made the officer’s day.


As reported by The Chive, Liz provided a great example of a lovely way to give back to those who risk their lives to help so many.


Neile Briden kicked off National Police Week with lollipops for “the days that suck!”


Amy Buss made these for her police and fire dispatcher coworkers for National Telecommunicator’s week.




Here’s are a few gorgeous ideas for all those special teachers from Miss Candiquik who even provides the printables.

The Troops


Led by their amazing school counsellor, Barbara Gruener who “sprinkles kindness like confetti”, the students at Westwood-Bales wrote letters to go into care packs they assembled for the troops.

Nurses and Doctors


Samantha Peffer was so grateful to the labor and delivery nurses who helped make her stay in hospital so much more pleasant.


A thank-you platter for the labor and delivery nurses at the children’s hospital made by Coastal Cookie Shoppe.

Anyone Deserving Recognition or Needing Support


These “open when” letters from Holly at I Solemnly Sear I’m Up To No Good are the most adorable idea. She gives full instructions on how to make them. These are a beautiful gift for your kids, husband, parents, friends, teachers or even someone deployed.



Decorate a glass jar and write notes of appreciation, encouragement and even some inspirational quotes. These can be used as gifts for teachers or service providers.


These were originally made by Ellie Roberts from Craft Sew Create to recognize teachers, but they could be just as good for any of our wonderful people who offer important services.


This adorable idea by Nicole at Visual Heart is a gift I’m sure would be treasured. All the instructions are there for you to make your own.

We’d love to hear how you thank those who help in your community. Please email photos here.

2 Responses to 15 Kindness Activities to Thank Someone or Offer Support
  1. Great job! The ideas are awesome. I appreciate our service workers. You fully can’t understand until you are one or have family who become one . Many thanks for the gift ideas. God bless!


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