"How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time."
- Morgan Freeman
Three young girls in the Trenton, New Jersey area delivered 1500 masks to the Trenton City Hall on Friday, August 13th, 2020. The girls, 12-year-old Olivia Trochu, 12-year-old Valentina Funari Ferri and 13-year-old Luisa Buss set up a table with flyers, created banners, posted boards throughout the area and launched an effective social media campaign. Plus, they were able to connect with cars and cyclists who passed by.
The Trenton Daily reports Mayor W. Reed Gusciora, joined by City of Trenton’s Recreation, Natural Resources & Culture Director Maria Richardson and Greater Trenton Chief Executive Officer George Sowa, thanked the girls for their noble efforts and issued a signed certificate for their unselfish act of kindness for helping those in need.
“Thank you, Valentina, Olivia and Luisa, for assisting our community in this time of need,” said Mayor Reed Gusciora. “We have a great need for PPE because it’s so expensive and not readily available during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have many first responders serving fire, EMS, and police departments in Trenton and we also have a great need in our senior community, who don’t have access or money to afford masks.”
Acts of Kindness Matter salutes Amber Bell of Eugene, Oregon for her support of the Oregon Cancer Foundation. Amber is a former patient of the Oregon Cancer Foundation. For several months she has been creating bouquets from flowers in her garden.
The story shared by 16KMTR in Eugene quotes Bell as saying, “If you need a bouquet or you know someone who needs one, come and get it. If you want to leave a donation, all of my donations go to Oregon Center Foundation.”
She said, “I just want to spread a little bit of happiness and flowers to make me really happy, so I thought, well, I might as well do something that makes me happy. I find great joy in being able to do this.”
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Divine Distillers, Salem’s only distillery, became the second distillery in the state to start making hand sanitizer in mid-March. They devoted 100% of their efforts towards combatting COVID-19. Staff worked 24/7 until last week distilling the alcohol for the hand-crafted sanitizer. “We had a social responsibility to do it” says owner Jason Greenwood. Greenwood continues “Not only did we have to make it, we also felt compelled to give it away and make it available to for individuals, first responders, nonprofits and government entities.” Divine Distillers gave away approximately 5000 gallons of sanitizer. Co-owner, Jennell Ives added: “We couldn’t have produced as much without the partnership of the breweries, cideries and wineries who provided almost 20,000 gallons of unsaleable product for us to distill.”
Divine Distillers used the donated beer wine and cider to make alcohol for the sanitizer. “The process is lengthy” says Greenwood. Beer and wine are put into the 250 gallon still that produces about 55 gallons of 110 proof alcohol in 12-24 hours. That alcohol is not high enough for use in sanitizer so that alcohol is distilled once again in one of two 50-gallon stills to increase the alcohol to over 185 proof, which is approved for sanitizer production. With the help of Willamette University Chemistry professor, Sarah Kirk, the alcohol was denatured using precise formulas before giving it away.
Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene donated over 2600 gallons of beer in April and May and Gilgamesh Brewery in Salem donated about 800 gallons. Sean Martin, Ninkasi Head Brewer, says “We were so fortunate to develop a partnership with Divine Distillers and wholeheartedly support their efforts protect Oregonians from coronavirus. “
Wineries donated about 9000 gallons for the same cause. Participating wineries include: Brooks Winery, Yamhill Valley Winery, Left Coast Estate, Chemeketa Cellars, One Love Cellars, Keeler Estate, Phelps Creek Vineyard, Redhawk Winery, Dion Vineyard, Walnut City Wineworks, Lumos Wine company, Del Rio Vineyards, Adelsheim Vineyard, Ken Wright Cellars, Stangland Winery, Bjornson, and Estelle Imports. Janie Brooks, Managing Director says: “One of the silver linings of the virus is new partnerships that we have formed. We admire the work being done by Divine Distillers to change their manufacturing to hand sanitizer resulting in helping so many people during this time. We are proud to have donated wine to support this cause!”
Arts & Sciences contributed cider and Anthem Cider contributed cider, bottles and labels.
Divine Distillers now sells the sanitizer it produces at retail and wholesale levels. It is available to purchase at Divine Distillers, 2475 25th St SE, Salem OR 97302.
Acts of Kindness Matter salutes all of the organizations that made the hand sanitizer donations possible.
Gavin Gannon has been working toward becoming an Eagle Scout for years. He could not have guessed back then what his Eagle Scout service project would be: sewing hundreds of masks for the Ridgefield School District in Ridgefield, Washington.
COVID-19 created many planning and logistical challenges for schools, including where learning would take place. While the Ridgefield School District will start the year with online learning, it is also planning ahead to when schools can safely reopen. Gannon was inspired to make one part of their work easier by making masks for students, teachers, and staff. “I chose masks for my project to help RSD be a safer environment for when schools are re-opened,” he said. “It’s to help keep the community safe.”
His project was ambitious because he had no experience in sewing. He started by finding a mask pattern and purchasing a variety of fabrics. His mother and grandmother showed him how to cut the patterns, then assemble and sew the two-layer reversible masks. “It was a long process of cutting, sewing the masks together, and attaching the other bits,” he explained, but he didn’t mind. “It was fun, actually.”
Gannon started the project in late June and was able to finish in about a month. His original goal was smaller, but his advisor pointed out that more masks would make a big impact and help a lot more people. “We started at 200 and it went to 600, so it tripled,” he said. “But hey, the more the merrier!” In all, he ended up making 639 masks in sizes ranging from child to adult.
Scouting is a longstanding tradition in Gannon’s family. “My grandfather is an Eagle Scout, and he helped inspire me to join scouts.” Gannon is a member of Boy Scout Troop 320, and his final Eagle Scout service project embodies the scouting values of service, community engagement, and leadership development.
Learning to sew is a skill Gannon said he will be “putting to the test” when things get back to normal. But until then, the masks will be put to good use, keeping hundreds of Ridgefield students, teachers, and staff safer. Many thanks to Gavin Gannon for his impressive Eagle Scout project!
"No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many." - Kevin Heath
Members of a church in Santa Clara, California made and donated “stay healthy” kits to their community. Members of the World Mission Society Church of God made kits that contain items to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 including masks, hand sanitizers, alcohol sprays, soap and wipes.
Alejandra Garcia, volunteer coordinator at the church told the The Signal in Santa Clara, “Since we’re not able to gather like before, we haven’t seen many of our friends and family in the community, so we decided to do something nice for them to not feel as alone.”
She added, “(We wanted to) give them something that they will use because these (supplies) are something that is very needed through this health crisis.”
The paper reported, some of the church members who put together these kits lost their jobs or were furloughed due to the pandemic, so they decided to use the free time they had to do something encouraging, according to Garcia.
“During these times, it’s very encouraging to see that people care for you despite the negative things happening with this pandemic going on and people losing their jobs,” Garcia said. “Acts of kindness are very encouraging during these unprecedented times, so it was great to be able to do an activity like this for the community we love.”
Acts of Kindness Matter salutes Andrew Dunn and his organization Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Louisville, Kentucky,
Wilky News reports Dunn decided to help kids where facing food insecurities when schools across Kentucky shut down in March. He and RAK Louisville came up with an idea to collect snack bags and donate them to various organizations across the city.
The organization made snack bags and collected snack bags from people across the community.
Since March, RAK Louisville has delivered to organizations like three Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisville, The Hope Place in Louisville, and Americana World Community Center. Last Friday, they delivered the 10,000thbag of the project, while dropping off bags to the Shawnee Boys & Girls Club.