Thousands of Windsorites to Celebrate Kindness Friday
Thursday November 3rd, 2011
Posted at 4:15pm
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The WindsorEssex Community Foundation wants to remind everyone that tomorrow, Friday, November 4th is Random Act of Kindness Day in Windsor-Essex!
Windsor-Essex residents have been preparing to celebrate kindness by picking-up a RAK card, performing a simple act of kindness for someone and passing the card along – inspiring him/her to do the same.
More people have picked-up a Random Act of Kindness cards than ever before. They report that 75,000 cards are circulating through-out Windsor and Essex County and citizens are already reporting stories of kindness on Facebook @WindsorEssexRAK, Twitter #WERAK or by email to [email protected]
As of Thursday morning, 33,000 people have contacted the Community Foundation to advise that they were participating.
Many of these people are part of groups who are not only performing individual acts of kindness, but are also organizing team projects in the community. One group of grateful first and second graders are making thank-you cards which they will be presenting to area veterans on Friday morning. Several others are going out to rake the leaves for their neighbours or visiting senior’s homes. A full list of the projects the Foundation is aware of is attached.
“We are excited with the number or people who have embraced the initiative again this year,” states Lisa Kolody, Chair of the Random Act of Kindness Committee. “Those who haven’t already picked up their RAK Day cards can do so from any Tim Hortons or WFCU branch.”
There are so many ways to participate! A Random Act of Kindness can be as simple as:
- Buying someone a coffee
- Holding the door open
- Paying for someone’s parking
- Donating to Canadian Blood Services
- Helping someone load their car
- Praising someone’s efforts
“In the past year I have been the recipient of a number of random acts of kindness, and have even written about it on my blog. Having people demonstrate kindness to toward me is a powerful incentive to me to pay those random acts forward on November 4 and beyond, ” says Glenn Stresman, Executive Director of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation. “Pick up a card today, perform an act of kindness, and pass the card along.”