Since our inception in mid November of 2016 members of our group have been working to spread kindness far and wide.
We’ve handed out over 250 Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) at various places in the community (Wegman’s, Target, the MARC station). We most often do this by handing out bags of Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses with a note inside explaining what we are doing and encouraging others to find ways to spread kindness to those they know, and those they don’t.
We’ve delivered cookies and donuts to the volunteer fire fighters at the local Gambrills station.
We’ve bought coffee for strangers and given them a note explaining our efforts with the hope that they too will keep the spread of kindness flowing. My kids have even taken money out of their own piggy banks to do this because they loved the positive reaction they got when they did it.
We started a program at Nantucket elementary to encourage all students to commit RAKs in the community. The school put up a kindness tree that “bloomed” as the kids completed their RAKs.
We contacted all the public schools in Crofton to coordinate an effort that came out of our Facebook group so that people can make anonymous donations to the school to help pay the meal account balances for children whose accounts had gone in the negative.
We’ve left toys in local parks for children to find and keep, as long as they promise to do something kind for someone else.
And most recently we’ve designed signs that our members will print and hang in various public places (with permission) in the community to foster and encourage kindness.
On Mother’s Day we responded to a hateful act at Crofton Middle School (two young men hung a noose in the courtyard of the school) by “Chalking the Walk” with messages celebrating love, acceptance, kindness, and diversity. We sent the message that hate will NOT be tolerated in Crofton. Over 300 people showed up and in less than an hour the entire sidewalk in front of the school was FILLED with positive messages!
On Saturday May 27th about 50 people got together as a group to paint rocks with positive messages. We ended up with over 400 painted rocks! These rocks will be spread around the community (at a later date) for strangers to find with the hope that such messages will spread kindness and bring a smile to the face of the person who finds the rock! So, keep an eye out! You may just be the lucky finder of one of these beautiful rocks!
Then, on July 8th we had a Park Meet-Up/Clean-Up/Rock Spreading Event at Crofton Park. This was a chance for Crofton Is Kind members to hang out, to help clean up the park, and to pick up the completely dried, sealed, and labeled rocks that had been painted at the previous event. Since then, hundreds of rocks have been spread all around Maryland from Crofton Is Kind members all with the goal of spreading kindness!
And to think, we are just getting started!?! The possibilities for spreading kindness are endless! Please share any ideas you have with us! We love to hear about other people spreading kindness. And if you’d like any of the print outs for any of the activities you see here please e-mail us for those as well. And remember, be kind…always.