Random Act of Kindness Day

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Thank-You for Making Kindness a Priority 

On November 4th, citizens in Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County joined hearts and hands to actively celebrate kindness.
Joining 260 communities across the county, over 50 local businesses, organizations, membership clubs, religious groups, schools and many citizens got involved in paying forward small acts of kindness and generosity. Some examples included: cleaning up litter, paying for parking downtown, handing out free treats, helping people put groceries into their cars, returning carts to cart corrals, talking/hugging strangers, clothing drives, placing quarters in vending machines, sending positive notes to staff and participants at local non profits, buying lunch for a stranger, fulfilling charity wish lists and raking leaves for neighbours.
“Once again we were delighted, but not surprized, by the community’s response to Random Act of Kindness Day,” shares Tracy Van Kalsbeek, Executive Director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation (SPCF), the organization that spearheaded things locally. Close to 20,000 cards and 250 posters circulated around the community in the weeks leading up to Random Act of Kindness Day, encouraging people to get involved. Social media was buzzing with people tweeting and posting about the day. “We’ve heard from so many businesses about the kind acts they performed for customers and the general public as well as from individuals doing nice things for their family, neighbours and even perfect strangers. The day really did help create happiness and a more connected feel – thanks to everyone who participated.”
Fun, community kick-offs occurred in Stratford, Mitchell, St. Marys and Listowel and helped get things ramped up. Stratford and St. Marys both proclaimed the day as well.

“Random Act of Kindness Day was a reminder for us to take a moment to slow down from our busy lives and watch for opportunities to do nice things for others,” says SPCF Board Chair John Wilkinson, “It was a day to celebrate how fortunate we are to live in such an amazing community where so much kind-heartedness already happens. Thank you to our partners, our Random Act of Kindness Day Committee and to every single person who made kindness a priority – let’s keep the momentum going.”

JOIN US NEXT YEAR FOR RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

About Random Act of Kindness Day:

Since 2008 Random Act of Kindness® (RAK) Day has brought together Canadian communities by engaging citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity. You can learn more about the origins of Random Act of Kindness Day HERE.

The message is simple; do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return other than they do something nice for someone else. Part of the beauty of the initiative is that it doesn’t have to cost a cent. Holding a door open, words of thanks and encouragement, telling someone they’ve done a good job – these are the kinds of acts that citizens ‘pay forward’ on this special day.

There are many ways for you to get involved:

  1. Become a RAK Day supporter – Since last year the Stratford Perth Community Foundation has taken a lead role in initiating this amazing day in Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County – and we need your support to make it happen! You can become a RAK Day Corporate partner to help us cover the costs associated with this special day (if interested, I can send you a partner proposal).Importantly, you can get your company involved. If you want to do something big to celebrate RAK Day (I can provide you with ideas), let us know and we’ll include your company logo as a supporter in our advertising!  Together let’s make kindness a priority.
  2. Join our Committee and Kindness Krew – Help us spread the word and touch the lives of others to make our world a better place. You are invited to join our planning committee that meets regularly. And, on November 4th, our Kindness Krew will be out in the community performing acts of kindness throughout the day and encouraging others to pay it forward – you can be part of that too!
  3. Tell us about your simple acts of kindness – Register your group, organization or business and let us know the acts of kindness you plan on doing – for family members, co-workers, neighbours, clients, or a complete stranger! Once registered, pick up a kindness kit from the SPCF office to distribute on Random Act of Kindness Day®.

We encourage you to get involved in Random Act of Kindness Day® in Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County. Contact Drea Kerr at drea@spccf.ca or 519-271-1503 to get more information about becoming involved.

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