During the last two weeks of February, residents of Springdale placed an emphasis on kindheartedness.
Random Acts of Kindness, or RAK, is an internationally recognized foundation that encourages good deeds.
Sharon Pelley with Springdale’s Life Unlimited for Older Adults said her organization started participating in the movement three years ago.
“We just read about it somewhere, and we thought it would be nice to put that challenge out to the town,” she said.
The message was brought to the town’s schools, the local library and approximately 20 businesses, encouraging people to be kind to one another.
While she didn’t have the exact figures on how many random acts of kindness were documented, Pelley said there were numerous submissions at each participating location.
“We had students helping teachers, holding doors for other students to shoveling driveways for seniors, and we’ve had seniors do up meals to neighbours who were sick and offering rides,” she said.
Pelley was particularly proud of the student participation, suggesting it highlights the strong community values in Springdale.