More than 44 giving people went into the community for the second annual Choose Kindness Day on Saturday, June 13, sending out a ripple effect of kindness.
Because of their efforts, the communities of Tillsonburg and Woodstock and surrounding areas are both happier and healthier, said organizer Kelly Spencer at Indigo Lounge.
"Participating in random acts of kindness is good for your health... being the recipient of random acts of kindness is good for your health... witnessing random acts of kindness is good for your health.
"Big, big gratitude to all the amazing, kind people that represented Choose Kindness Day 2015."
On Choose Kindness Day, participants pledge an amount of money (or in-kind actions) they will donate that day in a random act of kindness. And then the kindness flows.
Some of the acts of kindness observed on June 15 included: paying for people's groceries; randomly handing out happy face balloons; giving flowers out to the residents at a nursing home; giving out gift cards at Walmart to help pay for their purchases; buying people's coffee; buying people's purchases at Salvation Army and Goodwill; paying for people's laundry and buying their detergent at the laundromat; laying fresh flowers by random grave stones at the cemetery; giving out teddy bears to patients in the hospital; giving out hugs and positive affirmations at the mall; sponsoring a young girl to go to the EmpowHERment girls group; bought flowers and attached little note of inspiration, then handed them out at the Saturday morning farmers market; and leaving little notes of kindness on the windows of cars down Main Street.
"What an amazing group of giving, socially conscious, kind and loving individuals!" Spencer summed up.