Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kindness Matters

Have you ever been sitting in line at Starbucks waiting on your order and pull up to the window and have the cashier tell you that your coffee had been paid for by the person in front of you? 

Perhaps you came home from a long day at work to find all the leaves in your yard had been raked and bagged for you.

What about standing in line at the grocery store with only one or two items in your hands and the person in front of you offers to let you go in front of them?

These Random Acts of Kindness probably made your day and you probably have had times when you offered your kindness to others and expected nothing in return…

Each year my squad chooses a charity or organization to support.  We typically host a fundraiser and donate the proceeds or use them to purchase items for the organization.  In the past we have supported Students Helping Students, The Animal Ark, and the Susan G. Komen Race for a cure, to name a few.

This year I feel that it is important that we choose something that we can continue throughout the season that does not involve money.  With the economy struggling, it will be nice to find a way to give back without having to pay to do so.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is the heart of the kindness movement whose aim is to help everyone create a better world by spreading awareness and increasing engagement in kind actions.  The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation inspires people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others.

This year, my cheerleaders will be participating in the RAK movement.  We will spend the whole year finding ways to spread kindness and cheer to friends, family, teachers and even strangers. 

Here are just a few ways they will accomplish this:
  • Give someone a flower
  • Eat lunch with someone new
  • Visit a sick friend
  • Offer a hug
  • Give an unexpected gift
  • Open a door
  • Plant a tree
  • Leave a thank you note
  • Give a compliment
  • Do a favor
  • Walk a dog
  • Donate your gently used items
  • Make a new friend

Please join us in the effort to make the world a better place.
You can read more about the Random Acts of Kindness foundation here:


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