Random Acts of Kindness started in 2018 when I went to go and get a new tattoo. I knew the person I was seeing had been through a really tough few months, and so bought her a Costa and a box of biscuits. It felt so lovely to be able to perform a random act of kindness to give someone a bit of a lift.
After this, I decided to plan an initiative to include some small businesses I knew in supporting people in the local community who were going through a tough time. I did a gift of kindness every day that following December, and again after the first lockdown restrictions eased. It was to say thank you to those who had gone above and beyond, but also to those really struggling with their mental or physical health and who just needed a bit of joy in their life.
Random Acts of Kindness 2020
This year I got brave and I approached the local paper and BBC Radio Lincolnshire for some coverage. The gifts from the small businesses who have been involved have been overwhelming. I have had hampers, children’s toys, wine, sweets and selfcare vouchers all donated to gift. The 24 days of advent have all been covered, and nominations have been amazing. The stories behind the people really make it worthwhile, and I really enjoy delivering this service to people. The recipients are nominated anonymously, so there is a wonderful surprise for the person receiving the gift.
A huge thank you to everyone that has supported Random Acts of Kindness. It really makes me happy, and sharing and spreading happiness, especially this year, is necessary.
It costs nothing to be kind.