Hold the door open for someone. Empty the dishwasher at home. Let the person behind you in line go in front. Make a new friend.
In times where we are all so busy – with work, family, and friends – it is far too easy to overlook these small acts as we juggle our busy days. Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) is a reminder for us to take the time to be nice to each other, not to receive anything in return, but because it’s just the right thing to do.
With the support of dedicated volunteers, RAK Day in 2011 welcomed new friends and experienced growth, both locally and nationally. Some of those new friends included over 26 communities across Canada that participated in RAK Day, including our first our of province community – Banff, Alberta. Plans are already underway to reach farther across our great country in 2012.
Locally, we welcomed a new Kindness Ambassador to our team. Without speaking, Kaptain Kindness energized the crowd of over 250 volunteers and community members to kick off RAK Day at Conestoga Mall on November 4th. Kaptain Kindness was also on hand afterwards to cheer on the over 80 “Kindness Krews” that once again performed kind acts around our community.
Woolwich Township also got in on the fun by hosting their very own kick-off event on November 3rd at the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena. Woolwich Township has become one of RAK Day’s biggest supporters locally, and the entire township has embraced the spirit of the day. David Brenneman, CAO for Woolwich Township, was not surprised that RAK Day took off in his community. “Volunteerism and the ‘pay it forward’ philosophy have always been integral parts of the culture in Woolwich Township.”