Sharing in RAK day is the joy, the fun, the paying it forward and it’s also being on the receiving end of things. For example, Rusty and Richard Messer (Kerr Street Village BIA), helped pay for customers parking on Friday.
What ways were you touched by RAK? Share your stories with us and tell us what wonderful thing happened to you on Friday November 9th, better yet, tell us any story of someone giving you an unsolicited act of kindness so we can help spread the spirit of this beyond one day.
At our 2nd Annual Random Act of Kindness Day kick-off event, Rusty gives great clarity to the ‘Why’ of RAK. With partners from the YMCA, Kerr Street Village BIA, Oakville Chamber, Oakville United Way, Oakville Memorial Hospital Foundation and so many more, there must be something to this RAK day, right? Right.
While the OCF is the lead on this initiative, this is about partnerships, community wide support and building upon the successes of the community to make an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
Animals Need Kindess, Too. Your future pet is waiting….
Oakville citizens are out there today celebrating Random Act of Kindness Day in many unique ways. St Vincent de Paul families will end the day with clean and pain-free teeth thanks to the staff at Simon Pong’s dental clinic. Shoppers at Oakville Place Mall are registering for organ donation – doing kindness for future recipients. School children are learning to be tolerant of difference and how to help their classmates to feel safe and wanted. Hungry people are being served lunch by Delmar Seniors at the Kerr Street Ministries. Shoppers at Whole Foods, Longos and Downtown as well as those visiting bank branches are being thanked and appreciated. YMCA members are also getting thanks and are encouraged to reach out to others. Lots of hot drinks are being enjoyed from east to west and north to south as Tim Horton drive-thru users are given a free coffee – and then as often as not pay for the person in the car behind!
Keep it up Oakville. Let’s Share Some Kindness and Build the Community in Which We Want to Live!
Oakville Place Mall is encouraging people to participate in RAK by becoming an Organ Donor. They are holding an Organ Donor Registry from Nov 2nd to Nov 11th. For some people, this is a strange thought, so perhaps coming to the Mall and meeting with an actual organ recipient or donor will help comfort minds. Either way, if you’re looking for something that will make such an incredible impact on the lives of others, be sure to come to the centre and register.
One school participating in RAK day on November 9th, is working with the students to tie in awareness of the anti-bullying week, which preceedes RAK day.
The tie-in with RAK to what is and has been an unfortunate and social and community issue, brings a smile to all those who have been directly involved with connecting kindness to community needs. Congratulations to those educators for building such a unique and timely message to RAK.
Tomorrow at 10:30 am, join Donna Messer, a highly sought after commentator, speaker, motivator who will be interviewing Rusty Baillie, CEO for OCF about why OCF and so many of our community partners, have taken on conducting RAK day#2. Follow the live interview and click here