Sometimes Acts of Kindness go beyond one person doing something nice to another. Sometimes an act of kindness can impact a community.
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When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.
- Harold Kushner
47 ABC reports a Cambridge family is remembering their loved one who passed away last year by encouraging the community to do random acts of kindness.
Jerwan Hayes passed away in October of 2019. His 23rd birthday would have been on Thursday, so to celebrate and honor his life, they say they want to bring love and light to this crazy world and bring smiles to strangers. The family has already started a trend of love and kindness in the Cambridge community, after delivering a pizza to the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. That kindness has been passed on by the Cabin Fever Play Centre, who purchased 23 tickets for children to play at the cabin.
The family says they hope this message brings love to the community, and if you participate by doing a random act of kindness, use the hashtag #honoringjerwanhayes2020.
Acts of kindness matter salutes 10-year-old Siena Farmer for answering the challenge and mowing 50 lawns to help neighbors in need in Dallas, Oregon. The Statesman Journal reports she is one of the first to do so, along with a girl in Lebanon.
The “50 Yard Challenge” is a program that inspires boys and girls to make a difference in their communities – one yard at a time.
The mastermind of the program, Rodney A. Smith Jr. will reward anyone who signs up for the challenge and mows 50 lawns free for their elderly, disabled, single parent and veteran neighbors. The reward is a new lawnmower, weed eater and leaf blower. Smith personally delivers the rewards, too. Smith is making the 2,500-mile drive this weekend from Huntsville, Alabama, where he lives, to congratulate Siena on Monday, July 20th.
Nearly 1,200 kids across the United States and seven other countries have taken on the challenge, but only around 50 have completed it so far.
July 17, 2020 - A Social media video of a group of men taunting and verbally threatening Longview, Texas police officers conducting a traffic stop motivated a man to create One Love Longview.
Patrick Johnson said, “I was just tired of all the negativity, and I just felt like we needed to counter that.”
He joined with co-leader Amanda Veasy to create the organization with the goal of working together to instill a spirit of unity with random acts of kindness throughout the community.
They say in the Longview News-Journal, “We could see our community collapsing and needing some healing. There were a lot of negative things going on on social media — some videos that were just less than desirable went viral — and we wanted to make kindness go viral,” Veasy said.
After handing out food, backpacks and sunscreen last week to the homeless, “we got together and we said, ‘Hey, let’s feed a thousand people,’” Veasy said.
In less than a week’s time, with the help of Divine Catering, Whataburger and other donors and volunteers, the provisions were in place to make that vision a reality.
On Wednesday, One Love volunteers served burgers, chips, fresh fruit, candy and drinks to the first 250 guests at Broughton Park in Longview and another 250 later at the city’s McWhorter Park.
The group plans to serve a combined 500 more meals from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Stamper Park and from 4 to 6 p.m. at Spring Hill Park.
Another “random act of kindness” event is planned for Aug. 15 at the Longview Mall.
Johnson said he hopes his vision goes truly viral and spreads. There’s evidence that that might be the case.
“Another city has already reached out to us wanting to do something similar,” Johnson said. “We want to keep this momentum going and have this spread from city to city and state to state.”
For many years, an anonymous benefactor has given away nearly $75,000, one $100 bill at a time. In the Salem area we call them Benny Bucks… short for Benjamin Franklin 100-dollar bills and signed “Benny.”
Many claim this individual is a man. He hides the $100 inside the packaging of items on store shelves. He expanded to fairs and festivals, slipping the bills inside tip jars and pieces of pottery. Some swear they’ve seen him, even caught him in the act, but they vow to protect his identity.
Finding a $100 bill signed by Benny is a godsend for some, helping them pay utilities or afford a prescription. For others, it is a sign to help others and pay it forward.
A while back, my wife found a Benny. Boy was she excited! For us it was about forwarding the generosity, so we gave the money to a nonprofit in the area. It has been a while since I’ve heard about someone finding a Benny. But you never know when one might show up in the Salem area. Thank you Benny for your act of kindness. Community wide acts of kindness matter.