guerrilla goodness: grocery store good

November 18, 2011

a turkey love bomb

I looked at the archives… “Do you know I’ve been ‘tired and overwhelmed’ in the November posts for like 6 YEARS?!!”  I told him. “I’m sorry, THAT must have been exhausting for you.”

But can we help it really? The season is beginning, it is equal parts overwhelming and wonderful. I have dear memories of cooking many a Thanksgiving turkey with my sisters and mom (we always named the bird) and at the same time being so very fried, me, not the turkey. We have so many expectations around the holidays and lots of family goodness and dysfunction, and a helluva lot of work. We want it to be special and meaningful (dare I say, magical?) and I can’t even imagine how the retail folk feel at the end…I wondered if there was a mission in the middle of all that somewhere…for everyone.

So Lyra and I went into our local grocery store and post-it/kindness bombed it…with all the things I could imagine that mothers, friends, stock boys/girls, the last minute Melvins may need to hear…or know. We thought you may like to join us.

It’s pretty simple, here goes:

1. Grab a pad of post-its.

2. Write encouraging messages to harried mothers, tired checkout girls and strung out foodies…any kind message will do.

I am grateful for all you do.

You can skip something, the holiday will still be sweet.

Your mashed potatoes are the best I’ve ever had, thanks for making them every year.

All the little things you do matter.

It’s only one meal with your crazy family, you can do it.

Your turkey will be FANTASTIC! ( and not dry at all)

3. Take the pad to your local grocery store and stealthily leave them all over the store- extra points for iphone pics. Or just tell us what city and store has been kindness bombed and we’ll mark it off the list.

4. You have from now until Thanksgiving day and send pics to patience@kindnessgirl.com or post them on our Guerrilla Goodness Facebook page.

I can’t wait to see your holiday kindness in the midst of love and craziness and a mean green bean supreme!

Please share this link on Facebook and let’s see how many stores we can hit!

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13 Responses to “guerrilla goodness: grocery store good”

  1. Wendy Irene Says:

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing this kindness act. I feel inspired. Have a great weekend!

  2. Hannah Says:

    This is such a lovely idea. As a brit I don’t celebrate thanksgiving, but this will be something to do before christmas I’m sure 🙂

  3. Nina Says:

    I love this! Just re-read about you in an old copy of O magazine I was skimming through before passing along. Glad I took the minute to read and visit. 🙂

  4. sahfoodie Says:

    I love this idea…. And it’s totally do-able inabig city like LA.
    Getting out a pen and some post it’s ASAP. I off to the store tomorrow anyway… Might as well do some guerilla goodness too.


  5. i might just hit as many stores as i can!=)cant wait!=)))

  6. jacquelincangro Says:

    I would sure like to stumble on these notes at the mall when I have to shop for all of those Christmas presents.
    “Even if they don’t like it, it’s the thought that counts.” 🙂


  7. […] lastly, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, check out this Grocery Store Goodness post from Kindness Girl, and get inspired. Who wouldn’t want to see these thoughtful notes […]

  8. Stephanie Says:

    Will be doing this in Ontario, Canada! Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.. totally making me feel and see that kindness changes everything..and together we can change the world…<3

  9. Shannon Gregory Says:

    Wonderful! People who have homes and can afford a Thanksgiving meal need kindness, too, not only the needy and homeless! I shared! Have a good week!

  10. sara Says:

    Am I the only one replying who’s ever actually worked in a grocery store? All that paper is just going to end up on the floor or stuck to the bottoms of shoes. Poor employees for having to clean that up. Also, I’m afraid that being the recipient of a kindness bombing note would have about the same emotional effect for me as reading the insides of a fortune cookie.


  11. […] see, I was participating in one of Kindness Girl’s guerrilla goodness activities. I was placing inspirational messages throughout the grocery store, […]


  12. this is a lovely idea! I missed it in time for thanksgiving … but now matter – I am doing it!


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