Random Act of Kindness Day®
For the past seven years, Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) has inspired Waterloo Region and other Canadian communities to engage citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity. This day is so special because it focuses on people. We get so busy in our day-to-day lives that sometimes we forget to think about the people around us. It is the missed opportunities for caring interaction that affect how we feel about one another, and about our community.
Since the beginning, The KWCF and its dedicated volunteers have driven the local movement. Now RAK Day is about many individuals and organizations stepping up to find their own ways to impact the lives of others. This shift to community ownership of RAK Day means positive things for our community. It means we all see the value in being kind to one another and making sure that everyone feels like they belong.
We are excited to have partners like the City of Waterloo, Conestoga College, the Township of Woolwich, the University of Waterloo and the Waterloo Regional Police Service, who have recognized the impact they can make inside their organizations and in the broader community. Late in the day, on November 7, a police officer from the Waterloo Regional Police Service reached out to a KWCF staff member to share his story. After participating in the RAK Day activities for the first time, he experienced something incredible. While working that day, he handed out Tim Horton’s gift cards to citizens. He was in awe of their reactions. For the first time in his long career, he truly felt that people saw him as a human being and not just a uniform. People saw him as a caring person, who wanted to take the time to make them feel special. Stories like this one are the driving force behind RAK Day and why we work so hard to spread kindness throughout our community.
The KWCF is proud to partner with such dedicated organizations and volunteers, and encourages each and every person in this community to think about how they can help create a more empathetic and caring community, one random act of kindness at a time.