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Mac Kid Acts of Kindness Guide (#MKAOK)

So Many Ways to Do and Teach Kindness Locally!

By Mary Englin, Publisher August 30, 2018

We all want to BE and RAISE Kind people.  Sometimes that intention can feel overwhelming.  

West Seattle Macaroni Kid is here to provide you assistance in that mission. Below you can find our extensive list of LOCAL opportunities where you can model kindness, generosity, love and support for all of our Community. 

Parent Trust For Washington Children

Parent Trust for Washington Children programs are designed to help parents and caregivers from when they’re preparing for their first newborn to when they’re dealing with the ongoing challenges of raising a family. 

PROGRAMS

And for all the times when you can't physically attend a group, class, or event, there's the Family Help Line. The Family Help Line is a supportive family and parenting coach line you can access, at no cost to you, via email or telephone. 800-932-4673 or familyhelpline@parenttrust.org 

GIVE TODAY!!

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our community. Parent Trust will be holding our events virtually during the global pandemic. We miss seeing all our supporters and ambassadors, but we know our connection to you is strong. You fuel all that we do.

We never closed our doors – and we never stopped serving families. All our programs are now online, and we are still meeting families where they are, when they need us. You keep all that going, funding our new technology and broadening our reach in the digital world. Donate Today >>

If you would like to learn more about our move to virtual programming, please visit our Coronavirus page >>

We look forward to seeing you in-person again soon. Thank you for supporting Parent Trust!


Our friends at Seattle Saracens are sharing a great opportunity for our Community to show the love to our Restaurant and Front line workers through Fine Dine Front Lines.



Here's a bit about the fundraiser Fine Dine Front Lines and the link to our fantastic Rugby Community:

At the start of the current situation with Covid-19, the club quickly became aware of the need to try and support the businesses and people that have supported our club, our community outreach programs and the rugby community in general.

We had hoped to set something up to raise funds for the restaurants to provide food for those who are on the front lines in the medical industry. While researching we discovered that friend of Seattle Rugby, Ryan Dwyer, was already spearheading an effort to help front line workers even before the pandemic.

What started as an effort to thank a medical community that saw his family through a very tough journey, soon evolved into a cause that would support struggling restaurants survive in the current environment while also helping those on the front lines working tirelessly to keep us healthy.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, the club decided we would put our resources behind helping this existing cause which exactly mirrored our goals. By supporting Ryan’s journey and attempting to bring the rugby community behind this program, we will hopefully make a very meaningful contribution to both the local restaurants that deserve a boost and the front line workers that are sacrificing so much at this moment in time.

Please take a minute to read more about Ryan’s story and the non-profit program, Fine Dine Front Lines

If you are able to donate, share his message - as a club or an individual, or if you are interested in volunteering by delivering food to the front-line workers, or can think of another way you would like to be part of this effort, please do. Any support is welcome.

If you donate, mention you are affiliated with rugby to show that ‘Rugby Cares’ and we are coming together as a community to support. Please use #finedinedrontlines @finedinefrontlines also when tagging if you can.



West Seattle Junction Association is helping local business - YOU can be a helper by contributing to the Small Business Relief Fund today! 




Discover Burien is small independent non-profit service organization dedicated to economic development and community engagement in Burien. Our vision is to shape the future of our community to ensure it is prosperous, sustainable and thriving. 





Local Food Banks and Non-Profits that would love your support:







The Tukwila Pantry is a non-profit food bank established to serve the residents of the city of Tukwila, SeaTac and Burien in a humane and dignified way with their food and other referral needs.  The Tukwila Pantry is committed to provide food for those in need and educate the community on issues surrounding hunger.

The Highline Area Food Bank is a Non-Profit 501C3 organization dedicated to the gathering and the distribution of food for those in need in the Burien and greater Highline area.


At the White Center Food Bank our mission is to minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance, and embracing our rich cultural diversity.

Please Click HERE  OR CALL (206)762-2848 TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

We try to provide the absolute best and highest quality produce and food to our neighbors.





West Seattle Food Bank strengthens the community through the power of neighbors helping neighbors, working to ensure all in our community have access to the essential necessities of living.

WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, toys and equipment.


At this time, we are currently not accepting donations at either of our locations or collections sites. You can help us ensure children have the basics they need by sending diapers or giving dollars


The West Seattle Helpline was founded in 1989 by a caring group of neighbors with the shared belief that community members should help each other during difficult times. 
Local community service and contribution. We understand that positive change starts with helping our neighbors and investing in the community in which we live.
Respect and dignity. We treat all connected with our organization with dignity and respect regardless of their background.
Opportunity and empowerment. We work towards providing opportunities to empower community members and facilitate greater independence.
Compassion and trust. We create a compassionate, nonjudgmental environment that promotes trust within our community.

Mary's Place provides a wide range of services for families who are experiencing housing need.

Burien C.A.R.E.S.  is the animal care and control authority for the city of Burien, Washington, and operate a no-kill community animal shelter that houses and cares for Burien's strays, and adopts out unclaimed animals to new loving families.    

Click HERE to find out how you can Adopt a pet and Donate!





Parent Trust for Washington Children programs are designed to help parents and caregivers from when they’re preparing for their first newborn to when they’re dealing with the ongoing challenges of raising a family.


Check the Parent Trust website for CDC updates and call the Family Helpline for Resources throughout the state!



Click HERE for Your FREE Act of Kindness Printables, Plus 51 Simple Ways to Spread Joy!

Need some more kindness inspiration?  Check out Get Your Heart On and then start your kindness journey with our list of 30 + easy ways to make a big difference in our community and beyond.


Personal Acts of Kindness

(Things you can do on your own)



Family Acts of Kindness

(Grab your kids and let them join in the fun!)

  • Register for the Monster Dash benefiting the South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools. 
  • Take donuts or other pre-packaged foods to the local police department
  • Create “hygiene kits” for shelters or homeless
  • Distribute cards to nursing homes
  • Collect towels for a local animal rescue
  • Clean a hiking trail
  • Volunteer at a local food bank
  • Pick up litter around the city/park/field/beach
  • Make notes for neighbors
  • Donate used books to the library and/or a “little free library”
  • Donate gently-used toys/clothes to a local foster care agency
  • Plan a concert/talent show at a retirement home
  • Collect coloring book for children’s hospital
  • Place kindness rocks in a community garden


Community Acts of Kindness

(Activities to unite the community)

Want to partner with an organization to offer help? Here are ideas on where to start:

  • Hospitals or cancer centers
  • Veterans service agencies
  • Family/infant agencies
  • Police/fire departments
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Nursing homes
  • Nonprofits
  • Museums


A little background on this Guide.....

I started (and continue to be) a Social Worker in my "other work gig."  I started publishing with Macaroni Kid when I had taken time off of "out of the house work" to be with my little macaroni babies.  It was, and continues to be one of my methods of serving families by providing an e-newsletter and website full of family fun opportunities in our local community and beyond.  I found Macaroni Kid National to be rooted in the same values I hold: Family + Fun + Community Support and Doing what I call "the Good."   If you will scroll down you'll see that Macaroni Kid publishers throughout the USA and Canada celebrate MKAOK Day in September every year. (pretty great eh?)  I wanted to go even further in our community.  I know there are so many ways and organizations that make the world and our Community a better place.  So I invite you to make Kindness a family Value and use this as YOUR GUIDE to Do The Good wherever you go!  

Have an opportunity for "doing the good?"  Just email marye@macaronikid.com to let me know and I'll add it to this Guide!

~Your Publisher Mom

Mary Englin


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