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Thirty acts of kindness comes to community

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am

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As 2013 winds up it is time to start planning for the New Year, and organizers of Airdrie’s first 30 Acts of Kindness Challenge hope it will start out with a selfless act for 30 days in January.

“There are basic things you can do that cost nothing, like smiling at a stranger or letting a person go in front of you in line,” said Karen MacDonald, one of the organizers for the challenge.

“You can go small or you can go big,” she added.

Jan. 1 marks the launch of the 30-day challenge, which encourages people from Airdrie and around the world, thanks to social media, to do one act of kindness each day to lift the spirits of strangers and unsuspecting friends.

It’s a random; do-nice-things; pay it forward project, according to a press release about the challenge.

“I’m hoping people get that feel-good feeling,” MacDonald said.

“When you give to others, it fills your own heart.”

The idea sprang from MacDonald and three other community members who attended the Alberta Culture Vitalize Conference 2013 in June.

The group was asked to come up with 25 acts of kindness for a chance to win a painting.

The Airdrie group came up with 30 ideas and won the painting, which is now on display at the Airdrie Public Library.

MacDonald said on the way home from the Edmonton conference the group discussed what they should do with the painting and how to keep kindness a focus in our community, and decided to start the challenge.

January was chosen because the post-holiday period can leave many people feeling down, according to the press release.

“I think people need acts of kindness,” MacDonald said. “Sometimes life can get you down and that kindness can lift you back up.”

During the month, organizers will post daily acts of kindness challenges on the website, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Participants are encouraged to sign up to be a part of the Kindness Krew at and share their acts of kindness.

“Share your stories whether you’re a giver of kindness or a recipient because it encourages others to do kind acts,” MacDonald said.


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