PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – It has been said no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Members of Peaceful Communities are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week in the Port aux Basques area by handing out gift cards to strangers.
“We gave out the cards today, there were many hugs,” committee member Jodie Mercer said when contacted by phone on Feb. 15.
The Peaceful Communities Committee, which has more than 20 members, serves the province’s southwest coast and falls under the umbrella of the Southwestern Coalition to End Violence.
The coalition is funded by the provincial government.
Small gestures of kindness (in the form of a token coffee, grocery or gas card) are great not only for the person receiving them, but also for those giving them out, Mercer said.
“It’s a small thing you are doing but it’s an awesome feeling to do it. And there wasn’t one person we approached that didn’t say thank-you,” she said.
February is Violence Prevention Month, and while Feb. 12-18 has been set aside as Random Acts of Kindness Week, such simple gestures are something we can all do every day.
“If at least one person who we gave a card to does something nice for someone else, then we’ve achieved our goal,” Mercer said.
Source: Southwestern Coalition to end Violence
About Peaceful Communities - (Port aux Basques, Codroy Valley and Coastal Communities)
Peaceful Communities is a partnership of volunteers, community groups, schools, churches, service organizations, concerned individuals, and representatives from government agencies who live and work in Southwestern Newfoundland.
Committee members work together to promote safe, healthy and peaceful communities and are committed to increasing awareness of all forms of violence and mental health issues.
Goals of Peaceful Communities
Listen, believe, and support anyone is affected by violence, especially young children.
Help others be aware of services available for people affected by violence or mental illness.
Encourage people to become aware of what they do or say at all times. Our behavior can be seen/heard/copied by a child.
Help people to speak out against racism, sexism, and other forms of violence.
Not to tolerate violence in our lives or communities.
EXAMPLES OF RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
- Leave a toonie at the vending machine for the next user
- Leave a loonie at the laundromat
- Pay for someone’s coffee
- Let someone go in front of you in a line-up
- Give someone a compliment
- Buy a coffee for the worker bringing in the carts at your local grocery store
- Bring a treat to a senior
- Pay for the coffee for the person behind you at a drive-through
- Call someone who lives along, just to ask how are you
- Help someone carry their groceries to their car
- Compliment a parent on their well-behaved child
- Send someone a ‘thinking of you’ card in the mail
- Buy five coffee cards (put $2 on each card) and pass them out to strangers giving them a smile and a ‘have a good day’