Random Acts of Kindness Day

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Random Acts of Kindness Day
Date November 4
Frequency annual

Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness. “It’s just a day to celebrate kindness and the whole pay it forward mentality,” said Tracy Van Kalsbeek, executive director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, in 2016, where the day is celebrated on November 4.[1] It is celebrated on September 1 in New Zealand and in February in the USA.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in the USA. It is a nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado.[4]

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) day began in 2004 in New Zealand.[5][6][7][8][better source needed]

Suggested RAK Activities[edit]

Ideas include:

  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line
  • Buy extra at the grocery store and donate it to a food pantry
  • Buy flowers for someone (postal worker, grocery store clerk, bus driver, etc.)
  • Help someone change a flat tire
  • Post anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find
  • Compliment a work colleague on their work
  • Send an encouraging text to someone
  • Take muffins to work
  • Let a car into the traffic ahead of you
  • Wash someone else's car
  • Take a gift to new neighbors and introduce yourself
  • Pay the bus fare for the passenger behind you[9][10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beitz, Mike. "Stratford and area set to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day". The Beacon Herald. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Cain, Brenda Cain. "Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day; nominate someone for February Person of the Month". cleveland.com. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Random Acts of Kindness Day". Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Random Acts of Kindness FAQs". Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Fun RAK Ideas". Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand). Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ Moroney, Roger (September 1, 2005). "Be Kind to others ... it's that sort of day". Hawkes Bay Today. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "R.A.K. Team, Josh de Jong". Random Acts of Kindness Day NZ. Archived from the original on April 14, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Today is random acts of kindness day". TVNZ. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fun RAK Ideas". Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand). Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Cain, Brenda Cain. "Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day; nominate someone for February Person of the Month". cleveland.com. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Random Acts of Kindness Day Ideas". Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Retrieved October 24, 2016.