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Be a bucket filler today!

The concept is simple, but the message packs a relevant punch for everyone - young and old. It comes from the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. The book explains that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our feelings. When our buckets are full, we are happy. When they are empty, we are sad.

We can all be bucket fillers! The way to fill a bucket is to be kind to someone. A smile, a compliment or a helping hand is an excellent way to fill someone's bucket. And it makes you happy too. On the other hand, we can dip into someone's bucket by name calling, bullying or excluding others. Of course, this makes us feel sad.

So, what's the connection to Matthew's Helping Hands?

The bucket "fill-osophy" aligns perfectly with our mission at Matthew's Helping Hands. And it's another great way for us to cherish Matthew's memory by sharing his love with others.

Matthew just loved this story and it made a real difference for him. The bucket metaphor was very effective in showing Matthew how easy and rewarding it was to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets."

Yes! You can be a bucket filler!

  • Surf this page for more information, free resources, fun activities  and ideas on how to be a thoughtful bucket filler.

  • Don't be shy! Let someone know when you made an effort to fill their bucket. Just click on the link below for a printable PDF that includes some handy cut-away bucket filler slips.

  • Spread the word! Tell others about our 'Fill Someone's Bucket" project here at Matthew's Helping Hands to spread some smiles and fill some buckets!


Free Resources:

Click here to visit the main Bucket Filler website.

Click here for most commonly asked questions.

This is a 30-day pledge sheet to track your bucket filling.

This is an A to Z list of ways you can fill someone's bucket.

This is a fun, 30 piece online puzzle.

Video, bucket image, and links copyrighted by Bucket Fillers, Inc. and used with their permission.

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