Random Acts of Kindness Week

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The Office of the First Selectman is asking Town of Stonington residents to join in celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week.

With all the challenges we have been facing, it is important to take a moment to remember there is still so much kindness in our community. Throughout the week of February 14-21, residents are asked to help share acts of kindness they have seen, as well as put forward new actions.

Suggestions include checking in on a neighbor, donating items to Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center or Stonington Community Center, helping to arrange a vaccination appointment for a senior citizen in your life, leaving a few extra dollars at the coffee shop to pay for the next persons items or mailing a cheery note to a local nursing home for them to share with someone who needs a smile.

To help amplify these efforts, residents are encouraged to stop by Town Hall to pick up a “Pay Kindness Forward-- tag, you’re it” card, which can be left with the person and/or at the location where they performed the kind gesture. Cards are available anytime and are located on top of the Town Dropbox.

The Town is also asking residents to nominate someone whose kindness has touched their lives. Nominations can be submitted HERE from the 14th – 21st.  One random winner will be selected on Monday, February 22nd to receive a copy of the Stonington Pop-Up Book, courtesy of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.

Pictures and stories shared on social media are also highly appreciated. Residents who share their kindness story are requested to tag the Town (@townofstonington) in their social media posts and use the #raktag to help magnify this effort. 

“A small act of kindness, can make a big difference. Over the course of this week, we hope we can further show just how kind and strong we are, together as a community,” shared First Selectman, Danielle Chesebrough.

This movement was inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK), which is a nonprofit organization that invest their resources into making kindness the norm and are rooted in the belief that all people can connect through kindness.