The first level is what we call our “kindness cards”. Our members all carry a good supply of these and, when they spot someone who displays a positive attitude and/or a kind act, they give the person a couple of these cards. We will also encourage those who receive these cards to pass them on to others.
We have had wonderful success with this and have passed out more than 30,000 cards and growing. Also, we will make these cards available to anyone who wants them.
For those who have displayed exceptional kindness, we give them our framed Certificate of Kindness. It is done in a manner that is fun and exciting to the recipient(s) and includes an audience of friends, neighbors, etc who can add their testimonials to the presentation.
We have a process of identifying folks who simply “live and breathe kindness’. We schedule special events to acknowledge them and usually give them gifts and flowers along with a specially designed card. Our plan is to try for one each month. We have a special group that identifies those who are eligible and plans the events. Each event is specially designed to make it the most fun possible.
Too often we wait too long to honor those who have an extraordinary history of kindness. People like that should be acknowledged while they are still relatively healthy and over sixty.
Some of you may remember Ralph Edwards and the “This is Your Life” TV program years ago. After selecting a candidate, a complete story of their life was assembled, and friends, family, and associates were invited to share these experiences. An event was set up to surprise them and Ralph Edwards was the emcee.
Our thought is to find candidates in our community that deserve one of these “This is Your Life” acknowledgments and to arrange an event similar to the TV show. The planning and execution of these is quite extensive and our goal may be to do just one or two a year. Your ideas as to possible nominees or suggestion as to the process are always welcome.
Do as much or as little as you want to help with the journey of kindness.