Chances are that someone you don’t know may buy you a coffee, smile or just say hello to you Friday.
At least five Grey-Bruce communities and elsewhere across Canada where there are community foundations will participate in Random Act of Kindness Day, the day when we’re encouraged to be nice to others.
Community Foundation Grey Bruce is the local hub for the event in Grey Highlands, Kincardine, Meaford, Owen Sound and Saugeen Shores.
“This is the fourth year we’ve done it in Owen Sound,” said Donna Beatty, who sits on the committee of the Owen Sound Community Fund, established with funds remaining from the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2007.
“We just really hope that people will do something different than they usually do and maybe they really initiate some kindness,” she said. “So they might say hello to a stranger on the street or they might smile at someone they don’t usually do that. We’ve heard they might buy the person behind them a coffee at Tim’s.”
Beatty said the aim is to “instil giving kindness and community foundations are all about giving, giving back.” The other aim is to “strengthen the community spirit.”
People are encouraged to post their experiences with random acts of kindness to https://www.facebook.com/randomactofkindnessgb/.
“Even small acts of kindness can literally change lives for the better,” that site says.