Residents of the County of Brant, City of Brantford and Six Nations of the Grand River are being encouraged to spread kindness on Thursday, February 17.
The municipalities have joined a Canada-wide initiative, proposed by the Brant Community Foundation for the 12th year, declaring the day as Random Acts of Kindness Day.
Brant Community Foundation executive director Anne Marie Peirce explained that the day is designed to encourage individuals, businesses, schools and other organizations to take a moment to do something nice for somebody else.
“Random Acts of Kindness Day is one day each year where the community works together to do intentional acts of kindness,” she said. “Our communities have been honouring the restrictions of COVID-19 and it’s even more important than ever to show a little kindness.”
Peirce said that there are a number of ways to get involved in this year’s celebration.
“This year we have sign wars, so we are encouraging anyone with a sign to take part by sharing a message of kindness, starting on February 10,” she said. “We are also accepting nominations for our ‘kindness hero’. We are asking people to nominate someone that they think is very kind. They could be a volunteer, a neighbour or a coworker.”
While the celebration is limited to one day, organizers hope that the day will spark lasting kind habits.
“It really is a magnificent day,” Peirce said. “We encourage everyone to not only be kind on Random Act of Kindness Day, but throughout the entire year.”
Contact information for nominations and more ways to spread kindness can be found on the Brant Community Foundation website.