Don’t be surprised if some stranger does something nice for you today.
After all, Nov. 2 is Random Acts of Kindness Day.
The day takes place on the first Friday of every November, and organization across the Island are getting behind the initiative, including the Campbell River Community Foundation.
“Random Acts of Kindness is all across Canada,” says board member Sandi Hengel. “We want people on that specific day to pass along random acts of kindness.”
Hengel is one of the organizers, and she will be going around the community passing #RAKDay business cards to celebrate the day and encourage everyone to do something nice for others.
“I’m going to be out and about passing out these cards,” she says. “We are very excited to do it.”
The Community Foundation has also gotten the Campbell River School District involved. The Random Acts of Kindness organization has a website with education curriculum material for teachers to help encourage kids to do kind acts.
“This year the school district has adopted that curriculum,” Hengel says.
The Victoria Foundation has also been circulating “kindness cards” throughout Greater Victoria.
“We often think it takes something big to make a difference in the lives of others, but it can really be so simple,” said Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson. “This is our opportunity to take a moment out of our day to do something nice for someone else. The possibilities are endless, and the best part is it doesn’t have to cost a dime to be kind.”
Random Acts of Kindness is an international non-profit organization that was established in Denver, Colo., in 1995. Along with educational resources, its website has a blog about kindness and other information, including a list of ideas for people to do kind things, covering everything from leaving positive sticky notes for people to taking out the neighbour’s garbage cans to fostering a pet or starting a fundraiser.
— with a file from Black Press