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Random Act of Kindness Day

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation Random Act of Kindness DayThe Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and area, now and for generations to come, by building community assets, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on key community issues. In November of 2008, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) embarked on a simple, yet extremely meaningful initiative called Random Act of Kindness Day.

With two thoughts in mind – to reinforce The KWCF’s vision of building a better community and to encourage the ‘pay it forward’ philosophy – the day was an invitation for individuals, schools, community groups, service clubs, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions, and churches to join hearts and hands to celebrate the kind and friendly community in which we live.

Random Act of Kindness Day has been a tremendous success with folks from all different walks of life  performing small, simple, kind deeds. People have even shared some of their stories and you will find some of those personal accounts below.

Random Act of Kindness Day has also caused a ripple effect! We’re pleased to share that other communities have joined The KWCF and will be taking part in this special day as well. Community foundations from Cambridge & North Dumfries, Orillia and London participated in their first ever Random Act of Kindness Day last year.  Along with the Guelph and Windsor community foundations, there are a number of community organizations across Ontario showing interest for 2010.

Random Act Of Kindness Day began with a group of dedicated volunteers called the Friends of the Foundation. Their support has made this special day a reality! Thanks to all of our Friends who truly are helping to make a lasting difference.

Here’s how Random Act of Kindness Day works:

The general pretense behind the day is to celebrate and perform kind acts.  Citizens will be invited to hand out printed cards that say “You’ve been touched by a RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS.”  Card holders are encouraged to hand over the card to someone else and perform a simple kind act for that person (e.g. buy them a coffee, hold open a door etc.)

More info on website

Where: Kitchener Waterloo

When: November 12, 2010

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