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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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10-thousand acts of kindness

Josh Kirore slipped on his T-shirt to promote the Teach Love campaign at Immaculate Heart of Mary School and asked what it was all about.

Principal Callie Meiller told the him the entire student body was going to be challenged to perform 10,000 acts of kindness.

“That’s going to be pretty easy,” the seventh grader said with confidence.

The Teach Love campaign, which runs through Friday, Feb. 2, has two major parts. First is the random acts of kindness challenge from Jan. 21-26, culminating with an open house at the school Sunday, Jan. 28. Second, starting with the open house and running through the end of next week is Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic schools in the United States.

The 10,000 acts of kindness

As for the 10,000 acts of kindness, children will be challenged to pull slips of paper with acts of kindness printed on them from a large fish bowl in the school hallway, perform the act and then place the slip in a second bowl to watch it fill.

“We teach our students academics but also how to be a positive light to other people in the world,” Meiller said. “We think this is very relevant. There is so much hate in the world today. This is something they (students) could start and have a ripple effect when they leave the school.”

Acts of kindness are often simple things, like picking up trash, smiling at others, complimenting someone, holding the door for a fellow student and more.

“You can do little acts with great love,” Meiller said.

The 10,000 acts of kindness average out to 77 per student in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Staff at IHM believe in teaching through a lens of love and compassion so students can see, know and experience firsthand the positive impact they can make at IHM and beyond.

“The focus is on how to spread love, gratitude and kindness when they leave here,” Meiller said.

Motivational speaker Lloyd Bachrach will address the student body Friday afternoon.

“He will talk about reaching your dreams and persevering,” Meiller said.

Bachrach was born with a congenital bone deficiency that left his legs unusually small. Due to the severity of his disability, some doctors suggested there would be little or no hope for a normal life.

 

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Students in Stark Co promote acts of kindness

Messages about the need for positivity and acts of kindness are spreading throughout Perry Township in Stark County following several incidents, many fatal and related to bullying, over the last few months.

Perry Township police sent out a weekend challenge on Facebook, asking residents in the community to take a few extra seconds to be kind to one another. People are encouraged to smile, ask their families how they are doing, say hello to strangers and perform a random act of kindness.

Police put an emphasis on teaching children kindness through example.

“One of the most important things to consider is the influence each of you have on your families, and in the community daily just by what you do as adults,” the Facebook post reads. “Your positivity will make a difference on how your family feels when you’re together…Having our kids see us hold the door open for someone, help someone pick something up that they dropped, or just making the extra effort to be nice to others is important.”

 

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Kindness Centre reopens

Kindness was in large supply on Saturday at the re-opening of a downtown centre that helps meet the basic needs of local residents.

The snip of a red ribbon marked the official grand re-opening of a bright, spacious Kindness Centre in Market Square Mall operated by Freedom House. The new centre, on the mall’s lower level just a few steps from the church, was a year in the making.

“It’s the next step in our goal to have a ministry centre that can meet needs – body, soul and spirit – around the clock,” said Dave Carrol, part of the leadership team at Freedom House.
Within minutes of the official opening, the centre was filled with families and individuals being supplied with clothing, food and toiletries.
For about five years, The Kindness Centre had been operating in a much smaller space on the upper level of Market Square, where about 150 people would come for a clothing giveaway and food basket on the fourth Saturday of the month.

With a $50,000 “capacity-building” grant from the Brant Community Foundation, the new Kindness Centre has a fresh, dignified look and is now open to the general public to purchase donated clothing at minimal cost. Items range from $1 to $10.

“Food always remains free, but the goal of The Kindness Centre has always been to provide a hand up instead of a hand out,” said Carrol.

While those in need will still receive some free clothing and food, Carrol said the centre wants to partner with other agencies to provide programming and holistic help so that people can afford to pay a modest price.

“There is dignity in this transaction,” said Carrol, adding that they are helping a growing number of working poor who have more bills than income.

The centre

The centre also functions as a thrift store, stocked with clothing, shoes and accessories, for shoppers from the general public. Money generated by sales will go toward food and other emergency supplies for those in need.

Also in the new Kindness Centre is an artisans’ corner where local craftspeople and artists are selling pottery, photography and other creations with a portion of the money going to the centre’s operation and outreach.

Mayor Chris Friel said capacity-building grants help sustain projects that begin as good ideas but have the potential to stall because people may not have the administrative knowledge or other skills to move forward.

Brant MP Phil McColeman said The Kindness Centre is an example of a grassroots effort “at the heart of who we are as human beings.”

The concept for the centre came from Freedom House member Amberlee Brown and her sisters who rented a downtown storefront several years ago where they operated a food and clothing giveaway.

 

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Woman’s amazement after train passenger’s incredible act of kindness

A kind-hearted mystery donor gave £100 to a young woman after overhearing her discussing her financial situation on a train to Leeds.

Ella Johannessen, 23, was traveling to Leeds on a Virgin Trains East Coast service to visit friends on Saturday when a fellow passenger made the incredibly generous gesture.

After boarding at Peterborough, she sat down and phoned her mum to discuss a £35 bank transfer that had not gone through, while confiding in her about being short of money and worried about her financial situation.

£100 in cash

Ella then fell asleep, and woke up half an hour later and noticed a napkin on her lap. When she looked under it, she found £100 in cash.

“I was incredibly thankful for your kindness to someone you don’t even know. After a terrible 18 months where I lost my father and both of his parents, it shows me that there is kindness and good people in the world. I will pass your kindness on. I want to say thank you to the person who gave me this gift, I hope you will eventually see this.”

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