Random acts help spread kindness

Brantford was a kinder place to be on Friday as people around the city were surprised by acts of kindness.

“We believe kindness builds up our community,” said Joanne Lewis, executive director of the Brant Community Foundation, which spearheads the celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Accompanied by Captain Kindness, also known as Dave Carrol, Lewis visited Major Ballachey School and Hankinson House at the Stedman Community Hospice to deliver small gifts.

“The hospice is always a lovely visit,” said Lewis.

“We had goodie bags for the staff and some bags for families to take in to the patients if it’s appropriate.

“And we went to the Y downtown and gave out (Random Acts of Kindness) cards to people who were checking in or out.”

Other teams were active spreading kindness, including at the driver’s licensing office on West Street.

“They brought some goodies to the staff because it’s a busy job, and handed out some Tim Hortons cards to some of those in the lineup,” said Lewis.

“When they got there people were just standing around waiting but, when they left, people were smiling and talking to each other about random acts of kindness that had been done for them before.”

At a kick-off ceremony for the day held at the Brantford Public Library’s main branch, Brantford town crier Dave McKee said the Golden Rule of treating others as you would wish to be treated is the basis of all kindness.

Bringing greetings from Six Nations, band councillor Helen Miller said kindness is especially important considering today’s political climate .

“We know what’s going on in the United States,” said Miller.

“There’s not a lot of kindness going on there but kindness is free and it has an impact on the community.”

Milan Novakovic, from Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma’s office, recalled a day when, as a young father, he found himself with his baby and groceries loaded into the car and realized he couldn’t return the cart without leaving his child.

“A man came up and said, ‘I’ll take your cart back for you.’ And I will always remember how that made me feel,” he said.

“People will forget you but they won’t forget how you made them feel.”

Joanne Murray, chair of the Random Acts of Kindness committee, said the team decided to award a community member a new kindness award. It went to Doug Hunt, director of marketing, fundraising and volunteers at Participation Support Services,

“It was Doug Hunt’s idea, but he was the committee’s obvious choice. There’s nobody kinder than Doug.”

Carrol agreed, likened Hunt’s personality to the feeling people get when they see balloons.

“Doug Hunt has a balloon factor. When he walks into a room, people feel better.”

 

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