News

11-Year-Old Collects 1,500 Pairs Of Socks For The Homeless

An 11-year-old boy became determined to do something to help homeless people, after seeing many sitting out in the cold in Edinburgh one evening while walking home.

Joseph Cox decided to collect socks and donate them to the homeless, as he wanted to find a small way he could improve their day.

“Seeing those people made me really sad,” Joseph told HuffPost  “I asked my mum if we could do something to help them.

“Everyone is a person who deserves to be happy and sometimes simple things like a smile, a chat and a pair of new socks can really brighten someone’s day.”

 Joseph’s mum, Anna Cox, 39, said she wasn’t surprised at all when Joseph said he wanted to do something to help homeless people.

“He’s always been incredibly kind, generous and wants to help when he can,” she said.

 

Socks For The Street

Joseph started Socks For The Street in September 2017, when he did a callout for people to donate new socks at drop-off points around Edinburgh.

He publicized this through posters and word of mouth, and aimed to run the project for a few months.

Once he had received enough donations, Joseph and his mum started to hand out the socks to the homeless people on the streets in Edinburgh.

 

Read the full story here

 

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio

Franklin students send ‘kindness letters’ to Statehouse

A simple reading assignment turned into a one-hundred-fold act of kindness for a local group of young students.

Fifth-grade students at Oak Street Elementary School decided last fall to send words of encouragement to lawmakers who work at the Statehouse.

kindness letters

Each of the 100 “kindness letters” contains an inspiring quote hand-written by a student.

“In this political climate, so many adults could benefit from these messages about listening, understanding, and accepting,” said teacher Heather Adams. “The impact it had on our state representatives is much bigger than what I imagined it would be.”

The letters were given to state Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, during a Statehouse tour late last year. Roy distributed them to his colleagues, who have been writing back to the students.

“It was very powerful message, and we were impressed that it came from fifth-graders,” Roy said.

 

Read the full story here

 

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio

Charlotte teacher gets emotional when Ellen rewards her

A Charlotte first-grade teacher was surprised on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday for her kind heart in the classroom.

No. 1 rule

Jordan Siragusa’s No. 1 rule in her classroom is to be kind.

Montclaire Elementary School is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school where most of the students are Hispanic and come from low-income homes.

She talked on the show about how her students inspire her by working hard despite challenges.

Her goal, she explains on the show, is to make everyone in her classroom feel equally smart and capable.

That’s how her teacher made her feel as she struggled with dyslexia as a girl, she said.

On the show, DeGeneres gives Siragusa “Be Kind” T-shirts for her students.

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio

 

Ruth Clark Reveals How Random Act Of Kindness ‘Made Her Year’

A woman who found a bouquet of flowers and heartwarming note at her local bus stop has told of how the random act of kindness has ‘made her year’.

Ruth Clark, 26, who lives in Hackney, was en route to work when she spotted a bunch of flowers resting on the seat of her local bus stop with a note attached.

Brighten someone else’s day

It transpired that the flowers had been left by a stranger who simply wanted to brighten someone else’s day – and it seems those flowers were destined to find Ruth, who just months before had been involved in a serious bike accident meters away from the stop.

“This act of kindness was particularly important and touching as it brought back a lot of memories of the kindness strangers demonstrated in that moment on the same street just a few months ago,” Ruth told HuffPost UK.

“My recovery took a couple of months, but the kindness people showed me that afternoon helped me stay positive.”

Ruth explained that her cycling accident had happened just a few metres away on Southgate Road in summer 2017. At the time, more than a dozen passersby and strangers had rushed to her aid.

“For almost an hour, five or six total strangers stayed with me until the ambulance arrived,” the fundraising and engagement manager at charity Wonder Foundation recalled.

 

Read the full story here

 

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio

 

‘No Name-Calling Week’ aims to spread kindness

A Great Kindness Challenge was issued to the students at Maple Glen Elementary last week, starting on 16th January with “No Name-Calling Week” following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Adults would love for children to “listen and just be kind,” but we all know that wishes will not change behavior, school officials said. To ensure that kids show respect and empathy, adults must model and teach appropriate behavior.

Thus the goal of No Name-Calling Week at Maple Glen Elementary School was to promote positive and kind behavior. Friday, Jan. 19, the week concluded with the kickoff of The Great Kindness Challenge.

A number of events were held to reinforce the message of compassion and kindness that are the foundation of No Name Calling Week.

kickoff assembly

At the kickoff assembly, Principal Timothy Bickhart reviewed the reasons for observing No Name Calling Week.

He also detailed effective behaviors for responding to bullies. Ten teachers read and acted out Kevin Henkes’ “Chrysanthemum,” a funny and honest story about teasing, self-esteem and acceptance.

During the week a bully-free pledge replaced the morning school pledge. Each day the thought for the day focused on kind words and included a quote from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Students and staff wore buttons distributed for No Name Calling Week and teachers introduced activities to underscore the focus on kindness.

 

Read the full story here

 

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio

 

Random acts of kindness in Milton Keynes

Blue Monday

Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year, was made a little easier in Stony Stratford yesterday, when Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio hit the High Street to spread kindness by handing out envelopes containing £10 to passers by.

Recipients were asked to spend the £10 to make a small act of kindness – a good deed such as
  • paying for someone else’s parking.
  • buying a stranger a coffee.
  • donating to a charity.
  • buying a meal for someone homeless.
Deborah Berryman, yoga teacher and founder of Whitespace Studio said:
“Random acts of kindness are important to our wellbeing and happiness, and are an essential step to creating a kinder community.

“Each year we’re on a mission to have fun, be kind and inspire as many people as possible to do the same. Every little thing counts, as small as holding the door open for someone could be the highlight of someone’s day and make them smile. We hope this has inspired others to take a step out of their busy lives to give the gift of kindness to someone else.”

 

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio

Friends of Okotoks woman killed in Las Vegas shooting go on kindness spree

Unusually large tips. Your five-buck caffe latte paid for. The kid’s Santa photos paid for. No charge for your oil change.

What’s going on?

It turns out friends of former Okotoks resident Tara Roe, who died in the October Las Vegas shooting rampage, honored their late friend’s human spirit by going on  a kindness Spree.

Inspired by #honor58

It was all inspired by New York City firefighter Tommy Maher, who launched the #honor58 campaign following the shooting.

“We just decided as a group to do our own random acts of kindness in the communities around us,” Nevin said.

“And spread some Tara love and just brighten somebody’s day behind it.”

The acts of kindness included

  • picking up the tab for someone’s Santa photos at a shopping mall.
  • picking up the tab for a stranger in a restaurant.
  • to donating money to an animal shelter.
  • to handing out gift cards.

“It was a really dark and sad time for us and we just wanted to try to find ways to deal with the grief and loss of Tara,” Nevin said.

“She was always wanting to help in the community, and was always doing random acts of kindness herself to strangers without even knowing it — so we figured why not try to do something good for Tara? Keep her spirit alive? So that’s what we’ve done.”

 

Read the full story here

 

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio

 

Stafford student acts of kindness rewarded

Stafford student Alfie Hardy got the surprise of his life when police dropped into his school to reward him.

Alfie, seven, gave up his annual advent calendar in the lead up to Christmas and decided to do a random act of kindness each day.

The acts of kindness included:

  • donating his unwanted toys to hospital children’s ward
  • Leaving candy canes on all the cars on a car park.
  • Leaving a thank you note for the bin men.
  • He left a treat for the town police and fire stations.
  • Gave a lottery ticket to a stranger.

Mrs Hardy said

“We did quite a lot of them on Christmas Eve after preparing all of the things we needed.

“We dropped a treat outside the police station because it was closed and hoped for the best.”

Alfie was in his classroom at Castlechurch Primary School when two police community support officers walked in.

“They said they were so thrilled with the treat left at the station they wanted to thank Alfie – and invite him for a tour around Stafford Police Station”

His proud mum added

“Gratitude is important.”

 

Read the full story here

 

 

You can also find us on Twitter @holakindness and Facebook The Kindness Project, we would love to hear your kindness story’s so please get in touch!

You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Spotify blubrry, TuneIn, Stitcher and IHeartRadio