Are You Inspired?
“My goal is to inspire others to pay it forward, and I hope this initiative will encourage others to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, which is to love thy neighbor.” – Hillary Sadlon '14
This summer, College of Nursing student Hillary Sadlon celebrated her 22nd birthday in a unique way. Rather than receive gifts, she decided to give the gift of herself, performing 22 acts of kindness for strangers and reveling in the joy that comes from helping others. Her story has caught the attention of USA Today, ABC.com, Good Morning America and even Katie Couric.
Inspired by Hillary’s selflessness, this Christmas season Seton Hall University is joining together to emulate her idea and embrace the University’s mission of servant leadership by launching the 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness campaign. This initiative encourages all members of the Seton Hall community – students, faculty, employees, alumni, parents and friends – to perform 12 acts of kindness throughout the holiday season that may change a life, make a family’s Christmas a little brighter or simply put a smile on someone’s face.
If you’re inspired to give the gift of yourself this holiday season, please pledge that you’ll perform 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness, in honor of the birth of Christ – and encourage others to do the same.
Here are some examples of simple ways you can give of your heart this Christmas. Feel free to do any of these acts or to come up with your own!
- Participate in DOVE’s Toy Drive
- Help an elderly couple pack groceries into their car
- Leave inspirational cards on car windshields
- Put change into an expired parking meter
- Donate food and/or clothing
- Donate blood
- Rake a neighbor’s leaves
- Pay the toll for the driver behind you
- Hand out cups of hot chocolate to gas station attendants
- Give a coupon or a gift card to a person in line at the supermarket
- Leave a small gift for the mail carrier