Random Act of Kindness Day Returns

Tuesday October 18th, 2011

Posted at 11:15am


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On the heels of last year’s successful inaugural event, The WindsorEssex Community Foundation has announced the return of Random Act of Kindness Day, to be held on  November 4th. Windsor-Essex residents are encouraged to join thousands of others in fifteen regions across Ontario and Alberta in celebrating kindness – a value we all know is so important.

Last year 65,000 Random Act of Kindness Cards were distributed and 31,000 people told the Community Foundation that they were participating.  Many of these people shared their stories of kindness online.

On Random Act of Kindness Day, individuals, groups, and businesses are encouraged to perform one simple act of kindness for someone else; a neighbour, a friend, a co-worker, or someone they don’t even know – and hand them a card, inspiring him/her to do the same.

A Random Act of Kindness can be as simple as:

  • Buying someone a coffee
  • Giving items to a food bank
  • Paying for someone’s parking
  • Donating with Canadian Blood Services
  • Helping someone load their car
  • Praising someone’s efforts

“An act of kindness is one of the most powerful and easily understood concepts in society.” states Lisa Kolody, Chair of the Random Act of Kindness Committee. “Random Act of Kindness Day cultivates community by promoting interaction between our residents and allows them to celebrate our thoughtfulness and generosity.”

“We live in an amazing community where so much kindness happens every day. Let’s take a moment to not only recognize when someone does something nice for us, but to also do something nice in return,” says Glenn Stresman, Executive Director of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation.  “Pick up a card from any Tim Hortons or WFCU branch today, perform an act of kindness, and pass the card along.”

Random Act of Kindness Day is an inclusive, community building initiative that was developed in 2008 by the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. Since that time it has spread to 15 regions across Ontario and Alberta.  It is sponsored locally by the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, Tim Hortons, Windsor Family Credit Union, local media, and other community minded organizations.

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF) is a perpetual community trust that manages donated funds, makes grants to support community programs, and facilitates working relationships between community organizations. As one of Canada’s 165 community foundations, your Community Foundation helps Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work, and play.  Since 1983 the Community Foundation has granted $4.9 million dollars to organizations who are helping to make Windsor-Essex a better place to live, work, play and grow.

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