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Random Acts of Kindness Week

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The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a non profit organization that promotes acts of kindness around the world. This year the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation started a random acts of kindness week. Each day there was a different challenge that consisted of doing an act of kindness for a stranger. Those who partook posted their random act of kindness to social media using the hashtag #RAKWEEK17. While this organization encourages us to do an act of kindness everyday for a week, we should strive to act kindly throughout the year.

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A Valentine’s Day to Remember

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Rocky Mountain Jr. High School student, Tryston Brown, made sure the young ladies in his school felt “unique and special” on Valentine’s Day. In order to boost their confidence, Tryston, with the help of his mother Anissa Brown, got chocolates for every girl in the school. He stayed up until 2am preparing the gifts and hoped to inspire others to partake in good deeds as well. Rocky Mountain Principal, Nicole Meibos, even overheard girls talking about how good the gesture made them feel.

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Standing In Solidarity

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Principal Tim Hadley of Pekin Middle School in Packwood, Iowa taught his students a valuable lesson about kindness and compassion. Student Jackson Johnston shaved his head to stand in solidarity with his grandfather, Papa Rick, who had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. After hearing how Jackson was being teased for his lack of hair, Principal Hadley explained to the student body how important it is to support and care for others. Hadley then allowed Jackson to shave his head in front of the entire school, backing up his anti-bullying message with action.

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In Times of Hardship, Acts of Kindess

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Seventeen-year-old, Rebecca Schofield, is completing her bucket list and changing people’s lives worldwide as she battles terminal cancer. Over two million people have participated in her campaign using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo and performing random acts of kindness. Ranging from buying coffee for strangers to donating money to charity, Rebecca has inspired countless individuals to cherish the life of others through kindness and giving. This young woman exemplifies how it is never too late to make a difference.

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College Kids Return $40,000 Found in Couch

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What do you do when you come across cash left behind by a stranger? After a trip to the Salvation Army, a group of college students returned home with their secondhand couch only to find $40,000 in cash stuffed inside. But instead of keeping the money for themselves, they decided to return it. After a search, they tracked down the original owner: a widow who had tucked away weekly savings until her husband died of heart problems and her daughter sold the couch without her knowledge. So thankful for their act of kindness, the woman gave each student $1,000 and a lesson: selflessness can be its own reward.

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A Piggy Bank’s Purpose

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When 7-year old Jack Swanson heard about the vandalization of a local mosque in Pflugerille, Texas, he knew just what to do. After terrorist attacks in Paris made headlines, racial and religious tensions heightened in America, but that did not stop Jack from cracking open his piggy bank to stand up for what he believes in. He donated about $20 to the mosque demonstrating that  no matter how young, you are capable of impacting peoples’ lives.

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A Flood of Kindness

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In August of last year, Baton Rouge, Louisiana was devastated by catastrophic floods. At a Walmart 90 miles northwest, in a town called Marksville, a woman was shopping for all of the basic items human beings need—things like toothpaste, shampoo, and shoes. When the man behind her in the checkout line asked if she was sending all of these essentials to help the flood victims, the woman heartbreakingly replied that she was one of those victims who had lost everything. Without hesitation, the kind stranger pulled out his credit card and paid for her purchase.

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The Good Samaritan

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When Angela Herceg came across the Facebook post, it seemed too good to be true. A car priced at one dollar? That had “hoax” written all over it. But as a single mother of two children, Angela was desperate enough to take the risk. Lucky for her, the owner, a man from Leduc, Alberta, was a modern day Good Samaritan who wanted to give his spare vehicle—a silver 2002 Intrepid with brand new tires and brakes—to someone who really needed it: a single mother like Angela.

Going Above and Beyond

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You never know what kind of day someone is having. When Arkansas mom Dallas French stopped by the local Olive Garden, she was worried and stressed. Her four-month-old daughter Ellee had recently tested positive for E. coli and she had just spent a difficult day at the hospital. After spilling milk as her screaming daughter refused to eat, Dallas was at wit’s end—until their waiter swooped in to help. “Here,” the kindhearted stranger said, “Let me feed her, and you eat.” Relieved and grateful, Dallas shared this beautiful story of selflessness, love, and understanding.

 

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Don’t Look the Other Way

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All too often, we choose to ignore the hardship of others. But not George Hill. When the Utah Jazz point guard came across a couple homeless men on a street, instead of looking the other way, he decided to do something. After walking to a nearby Wendy’s, he brought back burgers, fries, and water bottles for these men. Not stopping there, he then sat down for a rewarding conversation. George, you have reminded us to pay attention to those who need us most.

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Our Mission: Inspiring Our Neighbors

We provide rental housing for over 1,200 people, and our staff believes that housing is the most fundamental of needs. Almost all of our staff lives in our communities, and each morning we are there as residents embark on their day. We expect our residents to pass on to others the good service, good deeds, and acts of kindness we provide every day. Our staff works hard to inspire our residents so that they can inspire others. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, the staff’s deeds spread across our properties, to our neighbors, down our blocks, and into the entire region.