Random Acts of Kindness
Being kind to others does not require an official sponsoring organization,
but one organization has wonderfully promoted kindness as a way of life:
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
"The mission of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is to provide
inspiration, leadership, practical materials and programmatic support
to the rapidly growing Kindness Movement around the World. Our goal
is to promote and publicize in any way possible, the extraordinary power
and importance of simple human kindness. Our belief is that by encouraging
and inspiring people to bring more kindness into the world through their
daily words and actions, we can profoundly affect the way we treat each
other and ultimately make this world a kinder place."
One way the foundation has delivered its message is through books and
other products which share real stories about acts of kindness.
In the book Random Acts of Kindness, by Conari Press, Daphne
Rose Kingma defines random acts of kindness as "those sweet
or lovely things we do for no reason except that, momentarily, the best
of our humanity has sprung into full bloom...... you are doing not what
life requires of you, but what the best of your human soul invites you
You can visit their website to learn more and to submit your own story.
of Kindness Foundation
Here are some acts of kindness stories from another website
reporting kindnesses done by school children. Just reading them brings
- MaryBeth, 11
from NY MaryBeth helped an elderly neighbor, without being asked,
by bringing her the newspaper and shoveling the snow off her steps
and doorway. She also did not accept money for doing this.
- Justin, 10 from
NJ Every day, I go to my neighbors house who is a senior citizen and
help shovel snow, clean bird feeders of offer friendship.
- Stepanie, 7 from
NJ Over the summer, I made necklaces for the people in the hospital.
I got a Shriner clown trophy for doing this. I was the only little
- Ryann, 10 from
IL On the way home from school, Ryann saw a child hurt in the snow.
She stopped and helped the younger child with her injuries and get
- Devon, 8 from
WI Some kids had put a sign on a boy's back and thought it was funny.
I took the sign off his back.
- Jamie, 13 from
VI Helped someone up who fell down the stairs when everyone else was
- Jenny, 9 from
OR I played with somebody that did not have anybody to play with.
- Kelcie, 9 from
OR My baby sister was in the car and she was cold, I covered her up
and snuggled her.
- Sophia, 14 from
NY My mom worked the overnight shift so to help out I cleaned the
kitchen, dining room and living room so that my mom wouldn't have
to do it when she got home from work
- Brittany, 12
from AZ I sat with a boy that people don't like and he had no money
for lunch so I gave him some. I told him it was a gift and he didn't
need to pay it back.
- Violet, 12 from
SD Violet was at the mall where she won a stuffed toy out of a machine.
A little girl came over to her and wanted to play as well, but her
mother told her she could not. The small girl cried, and Violet gave
her the toy she had just won.
- Mrs. Hogan's
class, 12 from AZ We made sympathy cards for one of the teachers whose
father had passed away.
- Dustin, 12 from
WA I took the last weekend and Martin Luther King Day, to geed the
homeless. We made 250 lunches and then we went to Seattle and passed
one out to everyone in less than 20 minutes.
- SM, 9 from NJ
I helped my neighbor, who is 89, clean up his yard.
- Katie, 10 from
AZ I noticed that a third grader was not getting a turn at a game
of "bar tag," so I let him cut ahead of me to make sure he did.
- Andy, 7 from
AL It was raining when students were going to PE. Andy took his jacket
off and put it over a girl's head because she did not have a coat.
He then just gave her the coat and he continued walking in the rain,
- Jenna Cohn, 13
from NJ There was a little in her neighborhood who was to young to
go sledding. She took her out and helped her sled.
- Jessica, 9 from
NY Shouveling drivway for neighbor that is unabel to clear his own
- Sammie, 10 from
Ca I helped my neighbor because she is ill. I went to the store to
get her milk. After I got back I got her mail and I fed her cats It
made my mom proud of me. My neghbor was happy, and I felt proud of
- Rachel, 5 from
AZ Rachel made a get well card for a classmate who was sick and missed
several days of school.
- Abdul, 11 from
CA I donated my mountain bike to the poor.
- Jericha, 11
from NM My friends and I had $5 and were going to the gas station
to buy some candy. We saw a homeless lady with two kids and we decided
to give them the $5. She went into the store and came out with hot
dogs for the kids. We felt really good about helping them eat.
- Drew, 5 from
IL Baked 100 snickerdoodle cookies for people in a nursing home, since
many of them used to bake cookies for their families.
- Jamie, 13 from
NJ I sat with a girl at lunch and talked to her. No one likes her
and everyone else was trying to get away from her, so I stayed with
her so she would have a friend.
- Torey, 10 from
MI I helped a new kid feel more comfortable by showing him around
the school and playground.
- Hillary, 11
from CA on Friday, an old lady I know had foot surgery and I asked
her if she would llike help taking care of her animals so she didn't
have to get up. I took care of her bunny, dog and three rats.
- Mikaela, 8 from
WA I planted grass and made it a better place for my friends to play.
- Ryan, 10 from
RI There is a WWII memorial near my house. I noticed there was a lot
of litter around it so I went and picked up the trash.
- I am a fifth
grader at Linwood Holton Elementary School. Today I helped a classmate
learn a poem. I also helped her during lunchtime to carry her tray
to the table. I enjoy helping others.
- Bobby, 12 from
CT Bobby pitched in his allowance to help buy a dog for his neighbor
who had recently lost her pet. He thought it would be a nice thing
to do because she seemed so sad.
- Shannon, 13 from
OH This kid has no friends and this other kid was making fun of him
about having no friends. I stood up for that kid who has no friends
and told that mean kid to be quiet. The picked on kid is now one of
- Alex, 8 from
IL One day it was really slick outside when Alex was coming to school.
A kindergartner was trying to get into the building, but kept falling
down on the slick concrete. Alex took the boy's hand and helped him
get into the building without falling down again.
- Kristen, 13 from
ME Opened a door for a woman at the mall because she was struggling
to do it with children in her hands.
9 from MA I was at a Cub Scout meeting and a fellow Cub Scout was
nervous because his parents were not there. I put my arm around him
and lead him over to the group. I try to make him laugh and feel that
he was part of the group.