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Act of Kindness Day (Posted On: Saturday, October 29, 2011)

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If you’re like the majority of us in this community, you’re busy. A typical day has you working eight to 10 hours, running yourself or your kids to hockey, piano, dance lessons or whatever else you’ve gotten yourself involved in, plus you’ve got to find the time to pick up the groceries you’ve been putting off getting for the last two weeks and now you only have a can of creamed corn left in your cupboard.

You’re moving so fast that you don’t have much time to acknowledge when someone lets you go ahead in line much less what’s going on in the community around you.  Wouldn’t it be nice to slow down for once and say “hey, thanks!”?

Random Act of Kindness Day is a day to celebrate those little niceties and encourage others to pay those “acts of kindness” forward.

“We live in an amazing community where so much kindness happens every day. Let’s take a moment to not only recognize when someone does something nice for us, but to also do something nice in return,” says Bob Cook, Chair, Collingwood Downtown BIA. 

The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area heard about this wonderful initiative, started in the Kitchener – Waterloo area four years ago - and quickly spreading across the province - and decided to spearhead the event in Collingwood this year. 

November 4 will be the inaugural Random Act of Kindness Day in Collingwood.  Before that date, cards will be circulated throughout the community.  The cards will encourage the cardholder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone – a neighbour, a friend, a co-worker, or someone they don’t even know – and hand the card over to that person – encouraging him/her to do the same.

There are many different types of actions that people can use as their kind act – buy someone a coffee, congratulate someone on a job well done, act as a sounding board for another, even something as simple as holding open a door for someone with their hands full – each act provides us with an opportunity to connect with a member of our community.

Random Act of Kindness cards will be available throughout Collingwood, and is supported by the Peak 95.1 FM, the Enterprise-Bulletin, mycollingwood.ca, Andrew’s Copy Centre and the Collingwood Downtown BIA.

“Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to touch the life of another person and absolutely make our world a better place,” adds Bob Cook. “Random Act of Kindness Day will help to put a human face on our community.”

Carry out an act of kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you." Princess Diana

Join us as we launch Random Act of Kindness Day to our community!

Friday, November 4, throughout Collingwood!

For more information, contact:   
Susan Nicholson, General Manager
Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA)
126 Hurontario Street, Suite 301, Box 23, Collingwood, ON  L9Y 3Z4
705-445-5595 / FAX 705-445-5495
info@collingwooddowntown.com

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