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Spreading kindness, one bracelet at a time

Random acts of kindness can go a long way and one Mobile man is challenging others around him to be a part of the Kindness Revolution.

“I think in this day and age we need more kindness,” Bradley Flowers says.

Through Flowers’ daytime job as an insurance agent, he’s partnered with the Kindness Revolution campaign to promote and spread kindness all around Mobile County one rubber, bracelet at a time on his dime.

“A mentor of mine told me about the program and it just hit me in the heart and I said, ‘okay let’s do it!'” Flowers said.

Flowers visits schools around Mobile to teach a valuable lesson.

“Do you know what insurance is?” he asks a class of third graders.

To his surprise, the students answer correctly. But his lesson isn’t about insurance, it’s about kindness.

“We are spreading kindness through your school. Every kid in your school is getting a bracelet. Who can tell me what kindness means?” Flowers asked the class.

“It’s when you’re kind to people,” one student answered.

“Obviously they love the bracelets,” Flowers said. “But I think kids at heart are nice. Obviously kids can be mean sometimes and there’s bullying that goes on, but I think at certain ages they get like this endorphin high from being nice to somebody. So I think they do it once and then they’re like, ‘oh I have to do it again!'”

Flowers explains to the class, “if you have one of these bracelets and you see someone being kind to someone, whether it’s an adult or kid, take your bracelet off and give it to them and tell them, ‘it’s cool to be kind’. And that will encourage them to be kind in the future.”

 

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East end Truro group spreading community kindness

A group of people in Truro’s east end have decided to make June ‘Random Act of Kindness Month.’

Cathy Hinton, town councillor for Ward 3, approached the executive of the East End Community Association (EECA) about the idea and immediately received support.

“There are a lot of little things that can be a big help,” said association member Bruce Purchase. “Taking out the composter and changing light bulbs is hard for some people. Little things, like picking something up for a neighbour when you’re going to the store can mean a lot.”

The EECA is asking everyone to perform at least three acts of kindness during June.

“There are so many caring and giving people in our community who make a difference,” said Hinton, a founding member of the association. “My parents are great role models on how to be a good neighbour. Growing up, all our neighbours helped and cared about each other and the root of it was kindness.”

The EECA started as a group of four concerned citizens and now has an executive of nine, and more than 1,000 people on the email list. The group holds monthly meetings and sends updates to residents.

 

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Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham hit headlines for an amazing act of kindness

NFL players are celebrated annually for their continuously selfless off field work to better their respective communities via the presentation of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Each team has it’s own individual nominee before 32 players are whittled down to 3 finalists and eventually, one winner.

However, the day to day acts of giving and kindness that many of the men who aren’t even recognised amongst the 32 nominees partake in often go under the radar.

The occasional social media post from a player or grateful recipient of a generous tip at a restaurant catches the eye for a brief moment, but the widespread good nature of the majority of the league’s players isn’t heralded nearly as much as it should be.

However, Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham did happen to make headlines, Wednesday, for an incredibly generous and spontaneous act of kindness towards a complete stranger.

Phoenix native Delilah Cassidy had just returned from Europe and had trouble checking into her flight after her bag weighed in over the limit.

She was told by an American Airlines agent that she’d have to pay a $50 fee for her overweight baggage but as she only had cash her payment would only be able to be taken back at the ticket counter.

Going all the way back there would’ve meant missing her flight, and that’s when Gresham came to her rescue.

The Cardinals TE heard loosely what was going on and approached the desk asking how much the charge was. He was told $50 and said, “I got it,”.

“I’m astonished and tell him it’s fine not to worry and he hands the lady his card as the American Airlines employees stand in silence shocked by this man’s generosity. They swipe the card and he tells me to have a great flight and hop on board,” Cassidy tweeted.

The enormously grateful Arizona State graduate tried to offer Gresham, whom she hadn’t recognized at this point, cash as she passed by him in first class once the plane but he wouldn’t take a penny from her.

“I’m crying as I write this and as I board the flight. This man was an angel,” she wrote on Twitter.

It was only after the flight that she found out the man who’d so kindly helped her out in a time of need was Gresham.

It’s a real feel good story and one that Gresham probably wasn’t expecting to earn him so many plaudits, which is why the act itself is so remarkable. He didn’t have to do that, and though $50 is next to nothing for an NFL player, he took the chance to make someone else’s life better and easier.

The world would be a better place with more people like Jermaine Gresham in it.

 

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Vacaville Girl Scouts promote kindness on campus

A Vacaville Girl Scout troop hopes to stamp out bullying by posting up messages of kindness on their school campuses.

Brownie Troop 20113 from the Vacaville/Travis Air Force Base service unit — Amy Borchert, Ayanna Elias and Emma Christofferson from Cambridge Elementary, Caitlin McGee and Nikki Mageira from Cooper Elementary, Lily Coble from Browns Valley Elementary, Jaycee Rehse and Emylee Neison from Scandia Elementary and Zoie Lopez from Alamo Elementary — worked together on two projects at Cooper and Browns Valley.

“We’re making posters to promote people being kind,” Amy, 8, said.

The girls were working on a Journey program, “A World of Girls,” troop leader Angela Borchert explained, which taught them how to look for clues, identify a problem and come up with a solution.

“They’ve been working on this since August,” she said.

All of the girls had some sort of experience with bullying, whether they had witnessed it or were bullied themselves.

“What goes on at your school to promote kindness?” Borchert posed to the troop.

Cambridge already had a robust kindness campaign, she said, so they looked at some of the other schools the girls attend to see what they could do.

Caitlin, 8, took leadership at Cooper, where she goes to school and her mother Julie is a fifth grade teacher.

Caitlin met with the school principal to talk about her vision, which started out as a project just for her class.

“We changed it into the entire school,” she said.

She invited fellow students to write a nice message about someone on a paper star, and then all the stars were put up in the multipurpose room where most students would see them.

“It says something kind about them on every star,” she said.

Caitlin and Ayanna also decorated a special box for students to deposit their stars.

“You ask for them from your teacher if you want to do one,” said Caitlin, explaining that students can still put stars in the box.

Her mother brought some of her fifth graders to staple the stars to the walls, and Caitlin was in charge of the older children asking her what to do.

At Browns Valley, the girls worked with the sixth grade kindness committee and came up with the idea to put up signs. They spent an afternoon with teacher Stephanie Bracken to write motivating messages like “Let’s All Be Winners” and “Be Nice, Be Kind and You’ll Cross the Finish Line” to place throughout the entire school.

Through this project, the scouts learned how to explain to adults what they want to get done and take leadership.

“We learned that small ideas can lead to big ideas,” Caitlin said.

They also learned some practical advice on how to build a better community at school.

“Sometimes it’s good to not play with your best friend all the time, and play with other friends so you get to know them,” Amy said.

The troop, third grade going into fourth grade, is entering their fifth year in Girl Scouts, and will soon be bridging to Juniors.

The past year, and this project, have been their biggest so far, Borchert said.

“It’s really fun to see them working on a project like this,” she said.

 

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This 8-Year Old’s Act of Kindness Earned Him Gratitude—and a Big Tip

Normally when 8-year-old boys stop traffic, it’s because they forget to look both ways before crossing the street. That’s not the case with Maurice Adams Jr., who was riding in the back of his mom’s car in Milledgeville, Georgia, when he noticed an elderly woman making her way across the street by herself, WSB-TV reported Wednesday.

“He asked, ‘Can I go out there and help her up the steps?’” Contricia Hill, the boy’s mother, told the local news outlet. His mother pulled over and Adams Jr. jumped out to help her. He can be seen in a video captured by a passerby, helping her up a set of steps as she maneuvered her walker, both carefully taking each step one at a time. When they reached the top, the pair hugged and Adams Jr ran back to the car.

His mother was proud of her son’s actions, telling WSB-TV: “(It just shows) respect and raising your kids right goes a long way.”

The video was captured by Riley Duncan who pulled out his camera when he saw the boy stop traffic. He kept filming, as Adams Jr helped the woman up the stairs. It was such a sweet moment starring a well-mannered boy, that he wanted to share the moment, posting it to a local Facebook group.

While Adams Jr did the act of kindness out of the goodness of his heart, he may have a financial reward coming to him, too. Duncan told CBS News that he plans to meet with Maurice and give him $100 for his good deed.

 

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Theme of kindness for Samoan Language Week

Samoans in New Zealand are celebrating their culture and identity as part of annual efforts to encourage more people to be bilingual.

Samoan Language Week began yesterday with an evening church service in Auckland organised by FAGASA, a group established 25 years ago to support Samoan language learning in New Zealand.

The Minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he hoped this year more people would take part in the Samoan language and cultural celebrations nationwide.

“Alofa atu nei. Alofa mai taeao” is this year’s theme meaning kindness given is kindness received, Aupito said.

“(It’s) based on the principle of reciprocation where Samoans believe that when you show compassion towards one another that will be responded in like.

“Kindness begets kindness and I think that is a reminder that we are all connected as peoples of New Zealand, peoples of the Pacific region,” he said.

 

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Daughter’s 12 acts of kindness challenge for hospice which cared for her dying mum

An Emmer Green woman who decided to carry out 12 acts of kindness to raise money for the hospice that cared for her dying mum has been nominated for a Pride of Reading Award.

Hannah Carter, 25, who lives in Grove Hill Close, could be crowned Fundraiser of the Year at November’s glitzy awards ceremony after being put forward by her proud brother Tom Wheatman.

Mr Wheatman, 28, from Caversham, said: “Hannah is my younger sister and I believe she deserves to win for her hard work and fundraising for Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice.

“Our mum, Mandy Wheatman, passed away in 2010 after a difficult battle with a brain tumour. She spent the last couple of months of her life at Nettlebed where she received amazing care.

“The hospice and the staff were amazing to our family and, towards the end of last year, Hannah decided to start volunteering at the hospice, which gave her an enormous amount of privilege to help raise money for such an incredible place.

“Hannah then decided to complete 12 acts of kindness for the hospice in her spare time, completing a fundraising event every month.”

One of these events was supposed to be Reading Half Marathon, but the 13.1 mile run was cancelled due to the snow.

Instead, a few days later, Hannah, with her husband John, decided to run between the Nettlebed Hospice and The Duchess of Kent Hospice in Tilehurst.

“She also set up and ran an Easter bunny trail at the Nettlebed hospice which was a massive success,” said Tom.

Hannah is now working full-time as a community fundraising officer for the charity at its Duchess of Kent Hospice.

“This hasn’t stopped her spending a lot of her free time planning even more fundraising events,” said Tom.

“I believe Hannah fully deserves to win this award. What she has and is doing is a truly selfless act to help such a worthy cause.”

On being told of her Pride of Reading nomination, Hannah said: “Oh wow! What an honour.

“I feel totally overwhelmed, and couldn’t be happier.

“I’m very honoured. It’s a lovely award to be nominated for, and I feel very proud of the category I’m nominated in.

“I’m so shocked Tom has nominated me, it really is a lovely thing for him to do.

“Losing Mum was terrible but I feel like I’ve managed to turn a hugely negative part of our life into a positive change.

“I can’t thank Tom enough for believing in me and my goal this year. I’m incredibly proud to be his sister.

“The care at Nettlebed was just so special. It’s a home-from-home experience and I know my Mum was comfortable right up until her last day, which has given myself and my family tremendous comfort.

“I think first and foremost the thing I appreciate most is when we were there, we were important.

“They made us feel like nothing was too much to ask, and that is truly needed when you’re going through the loss of a loved one.”

Speaking on her acts of kindness, she is most proud of her run between Sue Ryder’s two hospices.

“It was a challenge, but I really enjoyed it. I was so proud of myself!”

Four months into her 12 acts of kindness, she has volunteered more than 80 hours of time, raising in excess of £4,400.

Next on her list is a pub quiz on May 31 at The Pack Saddle in Mapledurham.

 

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Packers RB Aaron Jones gets praise for airport act of kindness

On Monday, Twitter user @MonicaAllen11 tweeted a photo of Jones pushing a woman in a wheelchair. The caption says, “Just watched Packers Aaron Jones push a random lady through the Appleton airport because there was no there to push. GO PACK GO.”

Twitter users praised the running back for being a gentleman and a class act.

“Another reason why I love being a Packers fan. His parents raised him right,” tweeted @O10Courtney.

“Well done Mr. Jones, well done. These are the gestures to me that mean the most … taking the time to help others throughout life,” tweeted @Pack93z.

Jones is entering his second season with the Green Bay Packers after a breakout rookie year.

He returns to his team as a college graduate. On May 12, he attended commencement ceremonies at University of Texas at El Paso and accepted his diploma.

In his football career at UTEP, Jones was No. 1 in rushing yards and 100-yard rushing games.

 

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Lady Gaga boosting Channel Kindness charity to help world’s poor

The Born This Way musician founded the non-profit in 2016 as a media platform for young journalists, but has now filed documents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office stating she will hugely expand its remit.

According to her filing, the charity will now provide food and furniture to the needy, help teenage mothers with childcare and housing, provide food to orphans and the hospitalised.

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, is also planning to expand her charity’s involvement in youth programmes, as she has registered her interest in hosting intercollegiate athletic events and providing grants to organisations promoting lesbian, bisexual and transgender awareness. She is also planning to fund action against cyberbullying.

Channel Kindness is an offshoot of the year-old Born This Way Foundation, which she founded with her mother Cynthia Germanotta in 2011.
The 32-year-old star, who is a sexual assault survivor and has been fighting the chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia, told Billboard that she had decided to set up her charity after speaking to her fans about their own difficulties.

“They would tell me their stories – and many of them were very dark,” she explained. “As I began to care for them and to see myself in them, I felt I had to do something that would remind kids they’re not alone. When they feel isolated, that’s when it leads to suicide.”

Since founding the organisation she has campaigned to help teens suffering from anxiety, terminal illnesses, eating disorders and depression.

The singer and actress finished her Joanne world tour in August last year (17) and is now set to appear in a remake of the classic musical A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper – who will also direct.

 

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Rock giants Foo Fighters overwhelm Cornish teenager with huge act of kindness

Chloe Salfield, 18, from Truro, was one of the speakers at TEDxTruro in October last year, joining international sensory expert Joanna Grace on stage for a talk about why inclusion should be based on gain and not pity.

Chloe’s mum was looking for ways to help Chloe express her individuality and knowing her love of rock music shared a post on social media to see if anyone had any old tour T-shirts from some of Chloe’s favourite bands, including Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Frank Turner.

After seeing a Twitter post by TEDxTruro, all three acts got in touch straight away with an offer to help. A few weeks later a T-shirt from Frank Turner and bundles of goodies from Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age arrived. Foo Fighters sent T-shirts, hoodies and socks as well as a limited edition tea set featuring a painting of the band. Only 100 Foo Fighter tea sets were made; 70 were sold and 30 kept by the band to give out as special gifts.
Chloe shows Joanna her goodies from the Foo Fighters
Chloe shows Joanna her goodies from the Foo Fighters

Chloe’s mum Ali Tolley said: “Foo Fighters have been so kind, even offering to give us tickets to a gig. Because Chloe is unable to travel far, I suggested that they come to tea with us instead – which is why they sent us the tea set! I’m really overwhelmed with the kindness of Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Frank Turner – it means so much to Chloe and I.”

Joanna Grace added: “It was so important to me to have Chloe by my side on the stage at TEDxTruro. Our talk was about how we can all gain from being more inclusive and I knew that although Chloe can’t use words like me, her personality and presence would shine through and say much more than I could ever express on my own. To know that the video of our talk is being watched by thousands of people around the world – and that it inspired these musicians to be this generous is absolutely brilliant.”

Foo Fighters are known for their acts of kindness, with frontman Dave Grohl dedicating a song at the band’s headline Glastonbury gig last year to a fan who had died from breast cancer.

He also came to the rescue of some other Cornish teenagers two years ago, taking the time to write to Cornwall Council in their defence.

The former Nirvana drummer leapt to the defence of Praa Sands-based Black Leaves Of Envy after the local council put in place strict noise restrictions following complaints from neighbours.

The 30-40 decibel restriction, which Grohl compared to “the level of a dishwasher at 15 meters distance”, means the band will have to stop practising in a family garage.

 

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