's 12 days of kindness: Give back to service staff this Christmas's 12 days of kindness: Give back to service staff this Christmas

This Christmas, we decided to do an advent calendar with a difference, where instead of opening a treat, you get a random act of kindness to do each day.

After you’ve revealed your chocolate or beauty product counting down to Christmas, you can do a good deed and make someone’s day in the meantime.

You’ll spread festive cheer, get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing you helped someone else, and ensure you remain on the nice list for another year – what’s not to love?

Behind today’s advent door, we’re giving back to the often-unthanked staff who’ve helped us through the pandemic.

Day 8: Say thanks to our vital service industry

Today’s act of kindness: Give gifts, cards, messages, or whatever you can to service workers.

Last year, we all took to our doorsteps on Thursdays to clap and bang pots in celebration of the NHS.

While that show of support was heartwarming at an extremely difficult time, there’s a pivotal group of people who were left out: the service workers who we relied on throughout.

For today’s random act of kindness, we’re asking you to do whatever you can to say thanks to those people, whether it’s via a gift, a Christmas card, or a tip if you can afford it.

You might decide to bake cookies for the customer assistants at your favourite shop, or buy a round for the bar staff at your local. The specifics are up to you, as anything that’ll make that person smile is a good deed well done.

Try to consider roles where employees aren’t always given the thanks they deserve, like taxi drivers, delivery people, and refuse collection workers.

Every cog in the machine that keeps the country running is vital, but those working in sectors where tipping isn’t customary are often passed over for festive thank-yous.

Those in the tertiary sector have to deal with angry (and sometimes abusive) customers, and you reaching out may be the first step to restoring their faith in humanity.

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