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Posted November 11, 2009


CAMBRIDGE – Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig and members of the Community Foundation’s planning committee will kick off the official Random Act of Kindness day on Friday, November 13, 2009. It’s a day for Cambridge and North Dumfries residents to officially celebrate everyday kindnesses and to encourage others to pay it forward, particularly on that day.

In preparation for the special day, over 37,000 cards and 1,000 posters have been distributed throughout the community, thanks to the generosity of Friends of the Foundation. The cards encourage the cardholder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone and are designed to be passed out at the time of the act so the recipient can use it again.

“While the day is not until later this week, we’ve already seen many organizations start the process by performing kindnesses in the community,” says Jane Neath, Executive Director, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation and chair of the organizing committee.

Leading organizations like Com Dev, BMO, Babcock and Wilcox, ATS, Rockwell, the CMH Hospital Foundation and the City of Cambridge have joined in to recognize the day.

One employee at the City of Cambridge has already done many special things for her teammates. A staffer arrived to work to find a special marrow bone for her recovering pet. It turns out the recipient had experienced a dreadful accident over the weekend where her pet managed to escape from the back yard and was hit by a car. Naturally, it was a trying time for the family. The kindness shown by the employee was above and beyond. As she gave the gift to the employee she said, “this treat will get Harold licking the bone and maybe he’ll stay away from licking his injuries.”

Whether it’s touching the life of a friend, colleague, or complete strange, kindnesses are something that make life better and each act helps to build community. Other examples of special moments include a women who chatted with a student in line at a local coffee shop who finds out that not only was her coffee paid for by the student, she also paid for her pound of coffee; on a extremely cold morning, a package of hot chocolate and chocolate spoon was left on a desk with a card to pay it forward; and a large bag of popcorn was delivered to a workplace with the card and a note to say ‘it’s a little sunshine to brighten up the day’.

“It’s about the little things we do,” says Neath. “Anyone can participate. We all lead very hectic lives and taking a day out to say to others that they are special by doing a caring act is what it’s all about.”

If you’d like to join in the official kick off, come to Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street at 9:00 am on Friday, November 13th to help celebrate a day unlike any other day.

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