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Vernon pedestrians surprised by teens’ random acts of kindness

Working in teams of three, teenagers were approaching pedestrians in downtown Vernon on Wednesday morning to offer them coffee and Timbits.

“At first I thought they were joking,” admitted one man who took them up on the offer of a cup of coffee.

“I was super stoked honestly.”

It’s not what you expect on a downtown street. However, it is not a joke. The teens, carrying out the random acts of kindness, are students from Vernon Christian School.

“We are just going around the community to spread some kindness and some love,” said student Kaitlin Morgan.

“I think we are just learning how to talk to people, step out of our comfort zones and how to be just good citizens.”

It’s part of a larger school initiative. Other groups were working on different projects including volunteering at old folks’ homes and with the Salvation Army.

 

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Mum Vows To Give Back After Experiencing Kindness

A mum has revealed how the kindness of neighbors during a dark period of battling postnatal depression inspired her to launch a heartwarming initiative.

Jenny Shaw, 30, from Newnham on Severn in Gloucestershire, said she felt lonely and isolated following the birth of her first daughter. “I was a new mum and reeling,” she told HuffPost UK.

During this difficult time, her neighbors were on hand to help. One left a homemade quiche and a note on the doorstep. A week later, some mini scones appeared in the same spot.“Not only was it

one less meal to worry about at a time when self-care was at the bottom of my priority list, but the taste of food made with such surprise kindness was just so nourishing,” Jenny explained.

“When I couldn’t face the world, my neighbors came to my doorstep. It signaled support and compassion.”

The kindness of her neighbours inspired the freelance content strategist and journalist to pay it forward in her village. In January 2018, Kindness Delivered was born.

“Kindness Delivered is about passing on those acts of kindness to others – a care package left on the doorstep to give a boost to those who deserve a treat,” Jenny explained.

Packages are made up of a selection of homemade food and a hand-tied bouquet using local foliage and flowers (where possible).

At the beginning of January, Jenny asked people in the village if they would like to nominate people to receive the parcels. Already, she’s built up an army of volunteers, all baking and making.

“I’ve had volunteers dropping cakes over after work or meeting me at the school gates with arms full of foliage from the back garden. It’s so uplifting,” she said.

 

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Random act of kindness restores faith in humanity

Chelsea Koontz said she was at Dueling Irons Restaurant with her family when a stranger’s kindness took her for surprise.

Koontz said her family was prepared to pay for their meal when the waitress brought them a note.

“Hi, just a random act of kindness. All I ask is that you teach your children about it. Makes the world a better place,” said the note.

Koontz said nothing like that has ever happened to her before.

“It just kind of restores your faith in humanity, it gives you something to look forward to like if you could buy the coffee for the person behind you or breakfast for someone at a table next to you,” said Koontz.

Koontz said her and her daughters also had breakfast there again Monday and their bill was on the house.

 

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Local students charged with kindness challenges

Last week, at least two local schools took on the Great Kindness Challenge, an international effort to promote a culture of kindness among schools and families.

The Great Kindness Challenge was created by the nonprofit Kids for Peace to provide to schools a tool for creating a positive school environment. In 2017, 10,493,866 students participated and performed over half a billion acts of kindness nationwide.

The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive, proactive bullying prevention initiative, reaching millions of students during the last full week of January every year.

The weeklong event encourages schools to promote kindness by giving students challenges to complete and celebrating in unusual ways. A checklist of tasks that express kindness is handed out to students, with items such as “smile at 25 people,” “sit with a new group of kids at lunch” and “say thank you to a volunteer.”

North Marion Middle School, which did the challenge for the first time this year, kicked off the week with an assembly, during which the eighth-grade choir sang and students watched a kindness video.

“We have a list of things we are going to do to demonstrate kindness abundantly, all with the belief that a cognizant focus on kindness with direct modeling and opportunities to express it, will help our students create the safe, kind and welcoming culture we want at NMMS,” Principal David Sheldon wrote in an email before the Kindness Week began.

Throughout the week, members of local organizations, including the Aurora and Hubbard fire districts, Columbia Helicopters and Woodburn Kiwanis, greeted students in the morning with high fives and inspirational kindness quotes or objects.

During lunch periods throughout the week, students could write what they’re thankful for on a “heart of appreciation wall,” write kind words on links in a kindness chain, put on kindness-themed temporary tattoos, take selfies using “kindness selfie” frames and post it on their social media pages, and sign enormous thank-you cards for local city councils.

 

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Stranger pays for paramedic’s petrol in random act of kindness

A total stranger paid for a paramedic’s petrol to say thanks for dedicating his career to saving lives.

Tony Jones, 43, said he was ‘blown away’ by the man’s spontaneous act of kindness.

Tony, a dad-of-three who works as an emergency medical technician for North West Ambulance Service, opened up about the heartwarming encounter on Facebook.

He filled up his car with petrol at the Texaco Garage on Halifax Road, in Rochdale, on his way to work a night shift in Rossendale.

He walked in to pay, only to find out that the man in front had already settled the £40 bill for him.

‘I went outside and thanked him, he told me that we, meaning North West Ambulance Service, do a fantastic job and it’s the least he could do for people who do such an important job. He wished me a very safe night, shook my hand and drove off.

‘It’s been a long time since I have been completely taken back by someone’s actions.’

 

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Cloth of kindness sewn by cancer patients

A community-led textile arts project has donated two cloths of kindness to the Big C Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

The cloth of kindness is an innovative health and wellbeing project which brings together people of all ages and abilities to embroider their thoughts and experiences of kindness on individual patches which are then sewn together.

Patches were hand-stitched by people in the Big C Centre and chapel in the NNUH, for the charity’s service users. The youngest contributor was six-year-old Elspeth Wright.

The clothes of kindness will be used at the centre by patients in the relaxation room, where it is hoped they will bring comfort.

The first cloth of kindness was made by artist Sally-Anne Lomas and was inspired by the writings of Julian of Norwich and the embroidered letters of Lorina Bulmer, resident in the Great Yarmouth Workhouse in the late 19th century.

Ms Lomas said: “The sewing skills needed to participate in a cloth of kindness are basic and easily learnt. It is a low energy, creative activity open to everyone and the focus on kindness is uplifting. Each patch is personal and unique, but sewn together they make something even greater as a whole.”

Nikki Morris, Big C deputy chief executive of Big C added: “This is a lovely project which brings people together socially and enables them to explore their own spirituality a little further, while producing something collectively for the benefit of others.”

 

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Overton Elementary celebrates a week of kindness

Overton Elementary School counselor Rosemary Wood said she didn’t know about the Great Kindness Challenge until she and the Overton Cares Committee asked third-, fourth- and fifth-graders how the school could prevent bullying.

“It was when we were doing (problem-based learning) and we asked … what ideas they had for bullying,” Wood said. “… We said, ‘This is a problem. What can we do about it?’”

As the committee members researched that question, Wood said they came across the Great Kindness Challenge website.

The Great Kindness Challenge — which, according to its website, has reached more than 10 million students in 15,000 schools in 91 countries — gives educators, families and communities resources to help them act more kindly toward one another.

Wood said Overton already focuses on its students’ emotional and social well-being.

“When kids have a sense of belonging and especially when they have that great teacher-student relationship, it promotes academics. Not having that school bonding and (having) experience with bullying will lead to more absenteeism, and kids might have school phobia,” Wood said.

Wood said the Great Kindness Challenge provides a next step toward that goal, with the organization sharing kindness checklists for students and toolkits for staff and volunteers to follow.

 

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Woman using kindness to save local stray animals

On most nonprofit boards, the hardest committee to fill is probably the fundraising group. One local organization found not only someone willing to serve in that role, but they found an Angel eager to lead.

“I’ve been volunteering in animal rescue for almost 10 years now. I rescued and adopted two pit bulls and that’s what led me to the path I’m on now,” said Rose Lockhart with Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter.

When Ros joined Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter two years ago, she found a small group of board members and volunteers who shared her commitment to helping abandoned and stray animals. Their latest big project has been doing this makeover of the Animal Shelter through a grant from the Rescue Rebuild organization.

“Besides a beautiful new outside look, they’re getting a total renovation inside. The pets are going to have the opportunity to have more space to be free; a meet and greet area for the public,” she said.

As well as putting in manual labor and being hands-on with the animals, Rose brings a special talent that is invaluable to Friends. It takes money for them to accomplish the work that they do.

“I set up fundraisers for the group in order to help get the animals transported up north to the two no-kill shelters. We raise money for the spay and neuter,” she said.

Her efforts have helped Friends transport 750 animals to safe shelters and new homes, avoiding being put down. Another 37 are leaving within a day. Still, there are hundreds waiting and more coming in every day. For county staff, what this group has been able to accomplish, is nothing short of a blessing.

“They’ve taken it to heart and they’ve really made a huge difference for us. Just having that partnership together; them being able to support us in ways that we can’t do as a County entity, it’s phenomenal,” said John Robinson with Escambia County Animal Services and Control.

 

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YouTube star promoting kindness

YouTube star Jin Lim, better known as Jinnyboy, was a bully victim during his secondary school days.

Yesterday, he returned to SM Stella Maris, Pudu, 16 years after his graduation to promote the #StandTogether campaign and its message of kindness.

An emotional Lim shared during the assembly how he was bullied by fellow students, and how the school’s culture of love and kindness helped him through.

He paid tribute to several teachers, some of whom are still with the school.

“Most of the time, bullies are people who are putting up a front. These people sometimes need to be shown a little bit of compassion or kindness,” he said.

#StandTogether

Lim is one of many personalities who are lending their support to #StandTogether, a joint-initiative by R.AGE and SP Setia to end bull­ying in schools by creating a National Kindness Week.

Over the next few weeks, celebrities including Arwind Kumar, Jenn Chia and Lisa Surihani, will be visiting schools to speak about the campaign.

Lim said the campaign, which includes daily activities and resources available online, could help students facing emotional and cyber bullying.

“The campaign is going to help students to be a lot more ‘real’, instead of just seeking validation on social media,” he said.

After the assembly, Lim took the opportunity to tour his school and stopped at several classes to interact with the students.

While having breakfast at the canteen, he was mobbed for autographs.

“Sometimes it takes someone famous to instil confidence in someone who needs it,” said student Sarah Nordiana Sulaiman, 17, when met yesterday.

She added that she knew about the #StandTogether campaign and was moved by the videos she saw on the campaign’s Facebook page.

“It touched me a lot when Jin said we shouldn’t just be quiet, because I was once a bully victim myself,” said Sarah.

“When someone is in trouble, we should stand up for that person, and I’m proud to say that I’ve done it before.

“I’ll continue doing it,” Sarah Nordiana said.

Lim left the students with a message: “Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with others and to take advantage of the platforms you have to make this world a kinder and more open place for students.”

He encouraged the students to grab any chance to make a positive impact in this world.

“As an adult, I can tell you that you don’t want to look back after you leave school and ask yourself why didn’t you do something to help,” he said.

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One a Week encourages random acts of kindness

Danbury resident and co-founder of One a Week Boomer Perrault hopes his charity-like organization will promote positivity and mental health through random acts of kindness.

random act of kindness every week

One a Week asks followers to perform one random act of kindness every week and post evidence of it on their Facebook page or in an Instagram post with One a Week’s account tagged. The organization has partnered with sponsors and will give one sponsored gift to a participant each week.

“Participants then have the option to keep the gift, donate it to a friend or donate it to charity,” Perrault said.

Perrault said his personal experience helping others led him to co-found the organization.

“Around a year and a half ago, I personally wasn’t in the highest spirits, and I found that out of everything I was doing- sleeping more, exercising, hanging out with friends- the one thing that made me feel better than anything else was helping others,” Perrault said. “I started by donating money to charity and others, and it grew from there.”

Perrault said his decision to start the organization was solidified last summer when he heard a statistic on suicide.

“I heard on the radio a certain percentage of attempted suicide survivors said if someone had smiled at them the day they attempted to take their life, they wouldn’t have done it,” Perrault said. “That statistic, as well as the good deeds I performed, led me to call my friend Derek. He was totally on board, so we turned it into a more structured plan.”

Perrault said they put the challenge into motion the first week of 2018 and so far have had over 100 submissions.

“One guy made Valentine’s Day cards that he’s sending to a children’s hospital,” Perrault said. “There’s been a lot of buying people food, that’s always a common one. People have been shoveling their neighbors’ driveways and walkways and bringing the garbage up their driveways.”

Perrault said some of the organizations who have sponsored them include exercise company All Star Human Performance, which gives out a free month of training, as well as some clothing companies that are offering free t-shirts and a company that gives out watches.

Perrault said performing one good deed a week is “very manageable,” even for college students who don’t have a lot of money or time.

“A lot of the people who have participated so far are older, and I feel like it would be beneficial to get a younger crowd involved in this,” Perrault said. “Our biggest following is actually people from 18 to 27 years old, but even though they’re our biggest following, they’re not getting as involved.”

 

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