12 Acts of Christmas Kindess

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12 Acts of Christmas Kindness

Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Christ. Often this message is lost amidst all the parties and gift-giving. Let us all remember the true meaning of this holiday and fulfill the University's mission of servant leadership by taking part in the 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness movement.

This initiative, now in its second year, was originally inspired by nursing student Hillary Sadlon who galvanized the SHU community to give unselfishly to others. According to Hillary, "Being a nurse is about compassion -sometimes all you can do is hold a person's hand." It was that spirit of giving that inspired her and others to do good deeds last Christmas season. Hundreds of simple but sincere acts of kindness lit up social media and motivated others to join the 12 Acts of Kindness movement.

This year, we encourage all members of the Seton Hall community -students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends -to emulate Hillary's example and perform 12 acts of kindness throughout the holiday season, acts 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 back this season, please join the movement and perform 12 Acts of Christmas Kindness, nominate someone you think has done good deeds this holiday season.

Here are some examples of simple ways you can give of your heart this Christmas. Feel free to perform any of these acts or to come up with your own:

  • Participate in DOVE's Toy Drive
  • Join the Macy's letter writing campaign for the Make a Wish Foundation
  • Write your mom a thank you note for all she's done for you
  • Donate a coat at the SHU coat drive
  • Volunteer with one of DOVE's year-round initiatives
  • Send Christmas cards to soldiers overseas through the Red Cross
  • Give to a campus food drive (or any food drive)
  • Donate blood
  • Volunteer at your local soup kitchen
  • Pick up trash you see in the street
  • Give to the Dreamscape Foundation (founded by a Seton Hall student)
  • Pick up groceries for an elderly person
  • Walk the dogs at a local animal shelter (and pet the kitties) 

Join the movement today and help make this holiday season full of joy and kindness!

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