This Group has Redistributed Over 1,000,000 Pounds of Food to those in Need
This group is rescuing food by bicycle to distribute to people in need in their community! Enough food is wasted to feed every food-insecure person in the USA, yet 1 in 7 Americans don’t have enough to eat. There is no food shortage problem, only a distribution problem, and food access disproportionately affects people of color, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Volunteers at Boulder Food Rescue want to end food waste and hunger. They collect quality food from grocery stores that would have been thrown way, pick it up on bicycles, and distribute it to their community on bicycles 15 times a day, every day of the week. They focus on healthy foods, like fresh produce, that are harder to obtain by people with low-income. They have already redistributed 2 million pounds of food!
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We are passionate about KINDNESS stories! Reading stories about people doing good in their communities and beyond not only lifts the soul, but gives hope that the good and light in the world far outweighs the bad and darkness. Scroll through and read a few... and we have no doubt you too will find yourself inspired by these acts of love, support, kindness and selflessness. Put a smile on someone's face today... go out and perform your own Random Acts of Kindness!
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First Grade Kind Kids Club
These awesome first graders understand the value of kindness! By looking outside themselves and finding small ways each day to help others feel good they are directly combating bullying and creating a loving, kind environment for all.
"I hope whoever finds it feels love and kindness." ~ First grade Kind Kids Club member Austin hiding bookmarks he made in library books for other kids to find.
Watch the video above to hear in their own words how they are working to spread kindness in their classroom and around their school.
Have or know a kind kid who would like to start a Kindness Club in their own school? Encourage them to ask their teacher or guidance counselor to help them set it up following school club policies. Next, have them invite friends and get them motivated by starting a list of how they can spread kindness each day. Looking for ideas? Here are a few to get them started!
- Tell a teacher you appreciate them
- Help a student that is being tormented, be an upstander
- Pass out flyers on bullying and cyberbullying prevention
- Leave messages for someone that is feeling down, let them know they are not alone
- Leave messages ‘just because’ it’s nice to do – lift others up everyday
- Tell a janitor what a good job they did
- Smile at people – let them know you notice them
- Make time for those that seem lonely, introduce yourself
- Offer to tutor students that are struggling academically
- Compliment others, (their hair, clothes, their smile) – be kind – it matters
- Eat lunch with new people, or anyone who is sitting by themselves
- Be sure new students don’t feel like strangers
Follow these kiddos' example and join our Spread Peace and Love Challenge to do one Random Act of Kindness each day in November! You can read more about our challenge and download the 30 Days of Kindness Calendar here.
Be Kind and Pass it On!
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Why you should take a senior on a bike ride
Copenhagener Ole Kassow launched a program to bring older Danes on bicycle outings. Now volunteer pilots in 29 countries are taking their passengers on the road.
It all started with a friendly wave. In 2012, Copenhagen native Ole Kassow’s daily cycling commute took him past a nursing home. Every morning, the management consultant would see impeccably dressed 97-year-old Thorkild, who’d greet him from a spot on a bench, a walker by his side. Kassow wondered about the last time the man — and the home’s other residents — had been on a bike. “Because most Copenhageners love cycling, I assumed he’d love to go back out in his community, to interact with his neighbors, and do something he’d probably always done in his life,” he says. He received permission from home staff to take a senior for a ride in a rental trishaw — a cargo tricycle with a low passenger compartment that goes in front of the cyclist. This ride eventually led Kassow to create the nonprofit Cycling Without Age, an initiative that now includes more than 250 chapters in 29 countries (TEDxCopenhagenSalon Talk: Cycling without age).
Initial rides led to stories and smiles. After Kassow took one of the nursing home residents out on a trishaw, he received a phone call the next day asking if he’d do it again. Trips with nursing home residents quickly became part of his life — and something he looked forward to. “It gave them a newfound mobility, and it gave me an amazing new insight into my city,” he says. On one ride, Thorkild pointed to a set of old army barracks by Rosenborg Castle and shouted to Kassow, “I used to live there.” It turned out that Thorkild had been a royal guard in 1938.
The seniors returned from the trishaw rides happy, talkative and sociable — shaken out of their everyday routines, the staff told Kassow. Inspired, he wrote to city officials, asking them to fund a trishaw for the nursing home. The city offered more: five trishaws for five nursing homes. Kassow was so thrilled that he organized a mini-parade with friends and family to show off the fleet. “All of a sudden, we had 30 volunteers signing up [to pilot the bikes],” he said. By October 2013, Kassow received his first request from outside Denmark — Oslo, Norway — to start a Cycling Without Age chapter.
The goal of Kassow and his team: to break down the barriers to mobility and activity that so many senior citizens face. A chapter in New Brunswick, Canada, takes seniors on nature rides near the Appalachian Mountains; in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the police and fire department serve as cyclists; in Iceland, the trishaws are equipped with spiked tires for navigating icy surfaces. And in Denmark alone, there are now nearly 4,000 volunteer “pilots.”
High School Runner Carries Opponent Across Finish Line
In an amazing act of kindness, Meghan Vogel, who had earlier won the girl's Ohio Division III champ in the 1600 meters, stopped to help a collapsed Arden McMath during her 3200 race. Meghan was finishing the 3200 meters in last place when she noticed a fallen competitor. Arden had collapsed with the final meters of the race and instead of going around to finish Meghan stopped and literally carried Arden through the finish line, pushing her ahead to finish before her. An amazing display of sportsmanship, compassion and kindness.