World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day, introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement (WKM), is observed this year on Friday, November 13, 2020. The purpose of this special day, as outlined by the WKM, is “to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.”
The mission of the WKM is to inspire individuals and connect nations to create a kinder world. There are currently over 24 nations, including Canada, who are proud members of this organization. While not yet recognized officially by the United Nations as a global observance day, the world COVID-19 situation bonds us together to focus on kindness and helping those in need.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, has offered guidance not only on health guidelines but also reminds us with her well-known catchphrase “Be kind, be calm, be safe” that we must be sensitive and compassionate to one another.
You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.
You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.
You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around.
You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.
Do not wait to be kind.
Do not wait for someone else to be kind first.
Do not wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.
Just be kind because you never know how much someone needs it.
Dr. Bonnie Henry
As the weather gets colder and the days less sunny, people in our community become more isolated and lonelier. Think about those less fortunate, and what random acts of kindness you can participate in to brighten someone’s day.
Knit one, purl one, give one. Can you knit or crochet? Do you have extra wool in your cupboard? Think about using up some of that leftover yarn to create a warm hat, scarf or a pair of mittens for someone in need.
Send an Encouraging Note
Take a moment to send a “thinking of you” email to a family member of friend, or better yet, pick up the phone and spend time to update each other on the latest news, reminisce about a time you both spent together, or offer words of encouragement.
Donate to a Worthy Cause
Do you have some books collecting dust on a shelf? Why not pack them up and take them to the Peachland Wellness Centre. The PWC accepts used books, jewellery, clothing accessories and small household items. Funds generated from each sale go directly toward helping PWC community services. Monetary donations to the Peachland Wellness Centre can be made through the PWC donation page at CanadaHelps.org, E-Transfer to email@example.com, or by calling PWC to make arrangements to drop off your cheque or cash with one of our staff members. PWC has a safe drop-off site. Simply call the Peachland Wellness Centre at (250) 767-0141 before stopping by.
Think about dropping off non-perishable items at the Peachland Food Bank or donating extra towels and blankets to a local animal shelter.
Help Out a Neighbour
We all get caught up in our own everyday tasks, but simple acts of kindness; such as taking in your neighbour’s trash can, shovelling their driveway, picking up groceries or dropping off bake goods and meals, will enrich both your lives.
Volunteer your Time
Consider volunteering at the Peachland Wellness Centre. This simple act of kindness will not only have an impact on the people in our community, but will also have a positive effect on your own social, physical and emotional well-being.
As Peachlanders, we are blessed with access to the nature around us. We must, however, remember to be respectful by observing animals at a distance, to not feed them, and leave no trace.
Random acts of kindness. It’s really quite simple. A compliment, a smile, a thank you, a friendly note or gesture. Helping your friend, a neighbour, a local business, our community, nature and the environment.
“Kindness is free to give, but priceless to receive”.
World Kindness Movement https://www.theworldkindnessmovement.org/