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Margaret’s act of kindness set to improve care at Sheffield care home

A former Sheffield teacher that devoted her life to helping others is set to be remembered – in the same selfless style she lived.

Margaret Fitzpatrick taught hundreds of pupils at the city’s Notre Dame High School and High Storrs in her working life.

She continued teaching way past retirement age and had strong sense of family having brought up seven children.

But for Margaret Fitzpatrick, life had only just begun. She ended up doing 25 years voluntary work for Sheffield’s St Luke’s Hospice.

It was only after a fall at the age of 97 she was admitted to Broomgrove Nursing Home where she lived for the final two years of her life.

Margaret Fitzpatrick’s name is now set to live on thanks to a donation to the home.

The money is funding a hi-tech bladder scanner which is set to reduce hospital admissions and provide far less invasive treatment of urinary conditions.

Four of Margaret Fitzpatrick’s family presented the equipment at a special ceremony.

Donna Pierpoint, manager at Broomgrove Nursing Home, said: “It was a honour to care for such an amazing person in the last two years of her life.

Margaret was a very practical person and it seems fitting that her memory lives on in such a practical and helpful way.”

 

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Riverside County schools launch kindness campaign

It’s time to be kind to one another on campus. And to count the ways.

That’s the message behind a new effort from the Riverside County Office of Education.

The Riverside County Million Deliberate Acts of Kindness campaign aims to inspire a positive school culture by urging schools across the county to help measure 1 million kind acts by students, staff and the community.

Many schools already been had such a focus, but the initiative intends to promote and share best practices across districts and suggest new ways to mix kindness activities into classrooms and campuses, a county schools news release states.

“The world our students are growing up in has become increasingly desensitized by senseless acts of violence and blatant expressions of hate and rhetoric,” Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Judy White said in a statement. “Consequently, this environment provides an ideal platform to counter with a campaign that intentionally develops peace builders and ambassadors of kindness,”

 

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The act of kindness at Bristol Airport passenger found on his return to car park

A passenger feared the worst when he arrived back at Bristol Airport after a nine-day trip to find his car window taped up.

Remco Timmermans found plastic wrapping sealed over the window of his Volvo in the car park on site when he arrived back at the airport from Gibraltar late on Thursday, November 1.

However, despite initially thinking he’d been the victim of a break-in, it turned out the 47-year-old had been the beneficiary of an act of kindness from airport staff.

The passenger took to social media to explain what had happened after being pleasantly surprised by what he found beneath the plastic wrapping.

It transpired the social media specialist – who travels extensively – had accidentally left his passenger-side window open after sticking his parking ticket on the wrong side of the windscreen.

The car is Dutch and therefore a left-hand drive.

Staff patrolling the car park had noticed the open window and sealed it.

The Dutchman confirmed nothing was missing from his car and nothing was wet after the changeable weather in Bristol over the past week or so.

He wrote on Twitter alongside images of his window still intact: “Big fright when I found my car on the @BristolAirport lot like this a few hours ago, after returning from a 9-day trip…

“So apparently I left my passenger-side window open when I parked, after taking the parking ticket on the wrong side. NL car in the UK… Anyway, the very attentive @BristolAirport parking staff sealed my open window when they saw it. Thank you staff!! #kindness

“Nothing was missing from the car, nothing was soaking wet from the many rain showers last week and the window closed normally. Crisis averted, thanks to the alertness of the @BristolAirport parking attendants! Phew!”

Speaking to Bristol Live , Mr Timmermans added: “This is one of those little stories of human kindness and businesses that actually care about their customers, despite the hefty cost of parking there.

“I was glad to find this in Bristol this week.”

 

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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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Small grants encourage students to perform acts of kindness

The Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland on Friday started accepting grant applications for its third annual One of the Kind — Acts of Kindness Program.

The One of the Kind program is designed to educate youth about the power of kindness and, according to a Rotary Club news release, “how kind acts and gestures, no matter how small, can positively impact the giver, the receiver, and the community.”

This program provides a limited number of small grants, up to $50 each, to elementary school students to support an act of kindness within the school or the community. In addition to the grant, the school will also receive a One of the Kind Certificate recognizing its efforts.

 

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Anonymous person pays for meals in honor of fallen Florence officers

Investigator Farrah Turner and Sergeant Terrence Carraway are being honored through random acts of kindness after both of them died in a shooting ambush outside a Florence home Oct.3.

A Florence man was eating breakfast at the Long Grain Cafe when his waitress handed him a card that said “Please accept this random act of kindness in honor of Farrah Turner.” There was also a card being handed out in honor of Sergeant Terrence Carraway.

The waitress told the diner his meal was taken care of, so he wanted to pay it forward and pay for someone else’s. However, the waitress said an anonymous person had paid for every meal in the restaurant.

“And let me tell you, the place was packed. Not an empty table in the room,” the diner said in a Facebook post.

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He went on to say he is holding onto that card so he can pay it forward next time he goes out to eat.

 

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she is using your kindness to keep the homeless warm this winter

Hundreds of pairs of socks donated by you to make a grandad’s birthday wish come true have been sent on another journey – this time to help keep Manchester’s homeless community warm this Christmas.

Michael Sullivan always said that if he were rich, the one thing he’d do is buy a pair of socks for every day of the year.

So for his 72nd birthday, his granddaughter Kelsey Baxendale decided to make that dream a reality .

At first, all she did was ask advice on Facebook of where to buy socks in bulk.

To her amazement she was inundated with donations, and soon had more than 400 pairs.

And she wasn’t the only one left gobsmacked by the kindness of strangers.

Michael, from Swinton in Salford, couldn’t believe his luck when he was confronted with hundreds of pairs of socks.

“I don’t need expensive presents or anything like that, just something with a bit of thought,” he told the M.E.N at the time.

Knowing he didn’t need (or have the space) to keep so many socks, Michael and Kelsey decided that once he had worn them once, they would wash them and donate them to the homeless, so that the act of kindness was passed on to those in need.

Some of them have been used to make special Christmas comfort packs, along with other essentials like toiletries, gloves and hats, which will be handed out to those living on the streets by city centre-based charity Barnabus.

Kelsey, 28, dropped the donations off on Wednesday.

She said: “I’ve made up some boxes, putting in things like hats, gloves, toiletries – and of course the socks.

“We had more than 400 pairs donated which was amazing.

“The rest of what I’ve bought and had donated Barnabus will keep and give out to people in need.

“His birthday was in January so he’s not got around to wearing all of them just yet. He’s kept a few pairs for his socks because we threw all of his old ones away.”

Kelsey said she was overwhelmed by the support she has received.

She added: “I started collecting after his birthday, a lot of people who donated socks originally wanted to donate more, and money from the first article was used to buy gloves and shower gels.

“As well as that we collected things like menstrual cups, moisturisers, tooth brushes and toothpaste, shampoos, wipes and face cloths.

“Helping the homeless is something I’ve always wanted to do, make them Christmas boxes full of essentials and things to help keep them warm, or volunteer in a shelter on Christmas day – but it’s just one of those things I’ve never got round to doing.

“That’s why when I had this platform I knew I had to do something, and people wanted to help so I decided to make the most of it.

“Homeless in and around Manchester is a huge issue, you see it everywhere. When I see someone homeless, I always stop to have a chat with them, it was actually a homeless person who recommended Barnabus to me.”

Michael said: “These socks have put a smile on my face and it’s great to know they’ll do the same for someone else.”

 

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6-year-old embraces Florence PD with kindness and a smile

A first grader at Florence Baptist Temple was given the opportunity to give back to his community and to the Florence Police Department’s surprise, he chose them.

James Coffey Jr., called Junior by those who know him best, decided he wanted to do something nice for the officers at the FPD who suffered a tragic loss following the deadly mass shooting on October 3.

“He really cared about the officers and he heard about Sergeant Terrance Carraway’s death and saw me cry for these officers,” his mother Kady said. “Every year he gets to pick one place he can give back to, this year he picked the Florence Police Department.”

So the 6-year-old and his mom stopped by the store and grabbed four boxes of doughnuts and dropped them off at the police department.

“I had left and I was not far from home when they called me and asked me to bring Junior back,” Kady said. “I said give me 10 minutes, so I turned around and went back.”

When Junior and his mother arrived at the station they were greeted by eight officers, one even wearing a Chewbacca mask.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support and so impressed and overwhelmed by the sentiment that this young man has for the police department,” Lt. Mike Brandt with FPD said.

“I could see the love and the hurt from the loss of their family,” Kady said. “But I do believe Junior’s visit helped them a little more. I am happy he was able to make their day.”

Kady was right, Brandt says that the entire department is grateful for Junior and the rest of the Florence community for all they have done in the weeks following the shooting.

“We can see the impact that the shooting has had on our community simply by the response from those who live here,” Brandt said. “We have had so many people reach out and embrace us and this has been so helpful in our healing process. Especially for someone so young to be moved by this tragic event to do this act of kindness for us.”

When Junior was asked why he wanted to do this for the Florence officers, Junior said “It is so good to do something good. I thought it would be really good if I did!”

He was right, not only did this gesture bring happiness to the officers at FPD, but also to the mom who is very impressed with her son.

“I am happy to see my son care about our law enforcement the way he is,” Kady said. “I am happy he was able to bring joy to them in this sad time. Ever since he was able to do this, he is very thrilled with himself. I am a proud mother.”

When it was time for Junior to head home, his mother said the officers did not let him leave without stopping him one more time to say ‘Thank you!’ and she says now, Junior can’t wait to bring a smile to another face.

 

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Scotland’s Winter Festivals to being with kindness campaign

A campaign aiming to share Scotland’s “shared values and inclusive view of the world” has been launched.

The #MakeSomeonesDay campaign will mark the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, backed by £550,000 from the Scottish Government.

The campaign kicks off the start of the festivals on St Andrew’s Day, November 30.

The Winter Festivals celebrate Scotland’s culture and heritage over the Christmas period and Hogmanay with events across the country, also marking Burns Night on January 25.

BEMIS, the national ethnic minorities-led umbrella body, is also hosting multi-cultural celebrations as part of the festivals.

The Scottish Government is working with the global Fair Saturday Foundation with a programme of more than 70 nationwide events to help raise funds for good causes and promote fairness and sharing, starting on December 1.

Ben Macpherson, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, said: “This St Andrew’s Day presents a positive, inspiring opportunity for all of Scotland, in all our diversity, to celebrate the inclusive, outward-looking and compassionate spirit of our nation – by helping others and by showing generosity and kindness.

“Whether it’s on St Andrew’s Day or St Andrew’s Fair Saturday, this year we can all show the best of what it means to be Scottish by each of us doing something small to #MakeSomeonesDay.

“If each of us does something kind for someone else, together we can make a big, positive impact for the benefit of the whole of Scotland.”

Jordi Albareda, Fair Saturday director and founder, said: “When we began the Fair Saturday movement, we wanted countries all over the world to embrace its ideals of creating social impact though arts and culture.

“It is fitting that Scotland is hosting the first nationwide Fair Saturday festival outside of Spain and we hope the public will mobilise behind our aim of creating a better future for all.”

 

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Be nice Friday – it’s Random Act of Kindness Day

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.

 

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