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____ Friday November 6, 2015 ____


Act of Kindness

Today is Random Act of Kindness Day

Over 17 local Organizations are participating

Kitchener – The 8th annual Random Act of Kindness Day in Kitchener, Waterloo will feature acts of kindness by over 17 different local organizations. These community leaders have stepped up to take ownership of kindness in our community. By promoting empathy for one another, they are helping everyone to feel like they belong and can make a difference.

The following are some highlights from around the community:

· In Woolwich Township volunteers will give away free coffee at different locations around the township including the Woolwich Memorial Centre and the Breslau Community Centre.

· Employees at KPMG are volunteering their time at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and St. John’s Kitchen. Staff are also gathering much needed items for Anselma House.

· Waterloo Regional Police Service will be out and about connecting with the community rewarding those who demonstrate good driving habits!

· Hummingbird Centre for Hope staff and volunteers will give out free hugs and words of kindness across the community.

· Home Hardware is celebrating at their head office in St. Jacob’s and has encouraged their 14 local stores to perform acts of kindness for their customers.

· Team members from Lackner McLennan Insurance Ltd. will visit local non-profit organizations, bringing them cookies and treats.

· Conestoga College has coordinated events to run throughout the day to engage students in kind acts and kindness activities at their Doon campus.

· TD Bank staff members will be surprising local seniors with flowers in Kitchener.

· The Downtown Kitchener BIA will be handing out free hot chocolate starting at 10:00am outside their offices on King Street.

The University of Waterloo returns to the Random Act of Kindness Day celebration this year, after performing over 7000 acts of kindness last November. This year, students and staff have joined together to plan activities on and off campus. On campus, parking services is not issuing tickets today, students will be surprised with study treats in the Dana Porter Library and the Student Success Office, and BASE Program will be roaming around performing acts of kindness. Off campus, the shoppers at Real Canadian Superstore on Highland Road will have their groceries bagged and taken to their cars by volunteers from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
The Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are also participating this year in a number of different ways:

· The City of Kitchener has announced that they will offer free swims on November 13th at Breithaupt Centre (1:30pm- 2:30pm) and Lyle Hallman Pool (3:30pm-5:00pm), and free skating on November 14th at Dom Cardillo Arena (9:00am-11:00am).

· The City of Waterloo will also offer a free swim and skate for the community. Those that visit the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex today (November 6th) will receive a card for a future free swim and skate pass for use by the end of the year.

· The City of Waterloo is offering free rides to seniors with special health needs who use the Waterloo Transportation program. In addition, for those that use the lunch program, lunch is free today.

· Mayor Jaworsky will visit local schools to work with classrooms to create smiley cards and in turn these will be delivered to local retirement and nursing homes.

“We are delighted to see so many organizations participating in random acts of kindness this year,” shares, Rosemary Smith, CEO of The KWCF. “We challenged each organization to develop a plan that aligned with the goals and values of their employees and volunteers, and we are excited to hear what stories will come from today’s adventures.”
This continuous climb in momentum for the Random Act of Kindness Day movement means positive things for this community. We are beginning to see the value of slowing down and being kind to one another, and we are taking ownership for making sure that everyone feels like they belong.

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