Random Acts of Kindness Day 2022

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Random Acts of Kindness Dayor RAKD, was created in 1995 in Denver, Colorado. Celebrated annually on February 17, this day is all about practicing kindness and giving it away when you can. The idea behind Random Acts of Kindness Day is more important than ever as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact people’s lives, leading to often overwhelming feelings of isolation and loneliness. In fact, a recent global study by Nextdoor, a network that connects close neighbors to build community, found that knowing just six neighbors can reduce feelings of loneliness, depression, social anxiety, and financial problems. .

The study, led by a team of leading loneliness experts of prestigious institutions, examined the impact of Nextdoor KIND Challenge in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Study participants performed small acts of kindness in their communities for four weeks. These acts were divided into five categories (emotional, tangible, informative, companionship, and supportive of belonging) and could be as simple as listening to a neighbor, chatting over the fence, or running an errand. Other acts included sharing potential job opportunities or helping clean up a neighborhood. At the end of the study, 1 in 20 participants felt lonely, compared to 1 in 10 at the start of the study.

If you or someone close to you is feeling lonely, visit Nextdoor’s Loneliness Toolkit for more available services and support.

What is Nextdoor?

On its About page, Nextdoor states that “by bring neighbors togetherwe can cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood to rely on.” Around the world, neighbors are connected through Nextdoor. They give and receive help and connect with nearby community members, whether it’s with neighbors, local businesses, nonprofits, or government agencies, Nextdoor exists in more than 11 countries and is used by 1 in 3 American households.

Something as simple as saying hello and listening to your neighbors can go a long way.

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At the heart of the company’s mission and purpose is kindness. Nextdoor believes that small acts of kindness can go a long way in improving communities and the world as a whole.

What is Random Acts of Kindness Day?

Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17, 2022. Random Acts of Kindness Week runs from February 13-19, 2022. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website lists simple things to do today, similar to those that Nextdoor promotes. The goal of RAKD (and of the week) is simple: “Make kindness the norm”. Their website has downloadable worksheets, coloring pages, posters, and games to help you spread kindness not only on RAKD, but any other day of the year.

How to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day

Another way to participate in this wholesome holiday is to read and share other random acts of kindness. In the spirit of the National Day, we share eight heartwarming stories of kind neighbors from the Nextdoor team.

After losing her best friend, a Texas woman creates a neighborhood community of wine lovers and friends.

Disheartened and lonely after losing her best friend to a sudden heart attack, Cynthia posted on Nextdoor to see if anyone would be up for a new friendship. She suggested starting a women’s group for wine, and over 200 women around Houston, Texas responded with interest in joining. Cynthia invited her neighbors to meet and the Waterside Wine Women group was born. They’ve been dating now for nearly five years for happy hours, wine tours, weekend getaways, and more. The group even created a friendship fund where women only contribute $25 a year to set aside in case one of the members falls on hard times, battles an illness, or needs a little help. additional support. Because of the incredible response, Cynthia is now helping other women in Houston start their own friendship groups to build new relationships.

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Spread the kindness by sharing a cup of coffee with your neighbor.

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Hundreds of neighbors send cards to a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy struggling with complications from Covid-19 in Clawson, MI.

Daniel is a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who is hospitalized with serious complications from COVID-19 due to a weakened immune system. His older sister, Caitlin, posted on Nextdoor asking neighbors to keep Daniel in their thoughts and see if anyone would be interested in writing him a get well card. In response, the family received hundreds of cards to decorate every wall in Daniel’s hospital room. The family hopes the power of compassion, kindness and love will help Daniel in his recovery.

Neighbors join forces in Oakland, California to bring home the Boogie and Woogie alpacas.

Tobias lives on a small urban farm in Oakland, California with two alpacas named Boogie and Woogie. One Saturday morning chaos ensued when they escaped. Tobias ran around the neighborhood looking for the duo until a video was posted on Nextdoor of the two running down a main road. The post went viral with over 3,500 reactions and neighbors came together to round up the two escape artists and bring them safely back to the farm.

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Bring someone a homemade treat on Random Acts of Kindness Day 2022.

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A former cook and “unofficial grandmother” bakes date and nut bread for a needy neighbor in New York.

When Nicole’s neighbor posted on Nextdoor that he had a “doomed craving” for date bread but couldn’t find it anywhere, it sparked a thread of over 100 comments from neighbors to looking for a loaf to help him find a loaf. Nicole used to cook for a living and particularly enjoys the magic of homemade treats. So she was inspired to bake rare bread herself and take orders on Nextdoor. She often shares her delicious creations with neighbors in her building or members of the local community garden, and prides herself on being her neighborhood’s “unofficial grandmother handing out homemade treats.”

A Los Angeles teacher collects enough winter clothing from neighbors to cover 400 low-income college students.

Stephanie teaches kindergarten in a low-income Los Angeles neighborhood where families of students struggle to afford school supplies and other necessities. A few years ago, she noticed her students were shaking in class and turned to Nextdoor to ask her neighbors to donate warm clothes and other supplies for the kids. She was overwhelmed when neighbors granted wish after wish by providing students with gloves, blankets, hats, jackets, umbrellas, mittens and even school supplies. At first, Stephanie was only expecting to collect donations for her kindergarten class, but she quickly received enough clothes to cover 400 students of all classes from head to toe! “It was beautiful,” she shared, “is seeing the faces of the kids when they get something they needed and it’s all thanks to Nextdoor.”

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On this day of random acts of kindness, offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn (weather permitting).

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Volunteers help clean an Ontario woman’s driveway during a winter storm.

In early January, Ontario saw the heaviest snowfall in over a decade and Maria grew concerned when snow piled up on her driveway. She had spent the past 22 years caring for her disabled mother now in hospice care and snow was blocking access to the lift her mother leans on to get out of the house. Seeking help, Maria turned to her neighbors on Nextdoor and posted a message on Nextdoor asking if the neighbors could help shovel their driveway. Within minutes, she had nearby neighbors come to her driveway ready to shovel snow, and volunteers continued to help throughout the next few days, clearing the seemingly endless snow and creating a safe path from the elevator to the sidewalk. and beyond. Maria was moved to tears of gratitude and now has a renewed appreciation for her neighborhood.

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Spread the kindness and help your community.

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UK Neighbor of the Year launches community projects to support local businesses.

Kerry has been named Britain’s Neighbor of the Year 2021 following her incredible work getting community projects off the ground. She was part of a local project with a mission to create more space in the community to reduce traffic and allow local cafes and pubs to operate more safely. At one point, Kerry led more than 200 volunteers and, through Nextdoor, she organized a series of events to bring families together to support the initiative. Kerry shared, “You’ll never know what fabulous people live next door to you who are also very eager to work on the same thing as you, unless you reach out.”

Stranded on a snowy highway in Virginia, a truck driver distributes supplies and allows strangers to borrow his phone to call loved ones.

Recent snowstorms have left Bernadette and her husband, along with thousands of others, stranded on a highway in Virginia for hours. Luckily, they were stuck next to a kind truck driver named Mohammed who handed out cases of water, offered food, gave gas to those who ran out, and even let strangers borrow his phone to call. their relatives. Bernadette wanted to express her gratitude, but she didn’t have Mohammed’s contact details so she posted her story on Nextdoor with a smiling photo of the truck driver and received nearly 12,000 reactions. After a little help from her neighbors, Bernadette was able to track down Mohammed’s phone number to personally thank him and show him the overwhelming amount of love on the Nextdoor post.

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day by doing one small, simple act to help someone in your neighborhood or community today. Try to continue the practice throughout the week or month, and beyond. It’s amazing the impact even one person can have.

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