Random Acts of Kindness… and Intentional Ones Too

ITHACA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – Monday begins Random Acts of Kindness Week, a national effort to get people thinking about giving back. The Child Development Council of Tompkins and Cortland Counties is looking to get people involved both this week and beyond.

“The national Random Act of Kindness Week which launches this week and runs through the end of the week is a great celebration, great organization,” Child Development Council 50th Anniversary Campaign & Celebration Manager Michelle Courtney Berry said. “We thought well we’ll need it more than just this week won’t we? So we want to piggyback on that campaign and we want to talk about kindness for the year, for a lifetime.”

Berry said their campaign encourages parents or childcare providers to post videos of children to their Facebook page, asking them what kindness means to them.

“Just asking children why does kindness count, why does it matter?” Berry said. “What’s an example of a random act or intentional act of kindness that made a difference in your life and how can adults learn this. Our children are our teachers to it’s not just them being taught by wise adults and I think the wisdom of children can really be encapsulated in this campaign and we can see a lot of exciting things that will really make a difference.”

The Random Acts of Kindness Campaign is just one of the council’s 50th anniversary programs designed to entertain, engage and educate.

“So we’ll have this great campaign where people can upload videos and we’ll hear from children and we’ll continue this campaign, we’ll embrace all that we’re trying to do about celebrating our 50 years of being around since 1967,” Berry said.