Imagine this: You go to the cafe counter and discover your coffee has already been paid for by someone else. Instead of a receipt, the clerk hands you a MISS Foundation Kindness Card saying, "This random act of kindness was done in memory of our beautiful child Peter." How will you pass the kindness forward? How does this simple Kindness Project act change your day? July 27th of every year is the MISS Foundation's International Kindness Project Day, and you are invited to visitwww.KindnessProjectDay.org to participate with us. Free Kindness Cards are available when you send an SASE to the MISS Foundation’s office, and free PDF templates of cards for DIY printing will be posted online in English and Spanish from July 20 to July 27 to encourage people to commit acts of kindness all day on July 27th.
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore started the Kindness Project in 1996 as a way for families to cope with the tragedy of a child's death. Since then, more than one million kindnesses have been committed around the globe in memory of children and other loved ones, gone too soon.
One father anonymously pays for others’ meals in restaurants. A 14-year-old bereaved sibling does yard work anonymously for an elderly neighbor when she leaves for the day. A woman leaves flowers at random strangers’ doors in honor of her partner who died. A man who lost his wife in a car crash tells of how he leaves a $100 random tip in a restaurant every year on the anniversary of his wife’s death. A bereaved grandpa brings homebaked treats to a local nursing home in memory of his grandson. One mother who lost her nine-month old daughter in a tragic accident pays for others children’s birthday cakes, the ones who are the same age as her daughter, in her local bakery. Still, another bereaved mother, the “fast food bandit,” tells of how she buys meals for the people behind her in drive through restaurants. All these acts of kindness are accompanied by a Kindness Project card so that the recipient will know it was done in honor of a special person.
“Both the mourners and the recipients benefit in so many ways,” says Cacciatore. “Imagine a gift like this, to remind us how fleeting life is… I wonder how many of us would immediately call our child or our partner or our parent and tell them how much we love them if we got a card like this?” And in this way, “these loved ones live through our kindness to another.” Around the world, from the U.S. to Romania to New Zealand to Paraguay, mourners will unite on this one day to make a difference.
The KindnessProjectDay.org site hosts an entire page of Kindness Project ideas if you need a little spark of inspiration, and the MISS Foundation wants to hear all your Kindness Project stories during this year's events. With permissions, stories will then be shared forward in our newsletters and on our Facebook pages to keep inspiring others worldwide throughout the year. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here is what you do:
FREE KINDNESS PROJECT CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM JULY 20-27th, 2011 - Note:
There are two types of Kindness Project cards that will be available:
1. "in memory of our beautiful child" 2. "in memory of"
That way, anyone can participate in memory of anyone!
Here's what you do:
1. Visit the MISS Foundation's website (http://www.missfoundation.org/) or our Kindness Project page (link at the bottom) between the dates of July 20-27, 2011.
Don't worry- if you RSVP here, we'll send a reminder and a link to the cards starting on the 20th of July!
-as an alternative, send a SASE and we'll send you several cards!
2. Start thinking about acts of kindness - especially anonymous ones as those are the most powerful - you can commit in your neighborhood and community!
3. Print your Kindness Project cards in English or Spanish.
4. Share this event with others!
5. Then- drum roll please- on July 27, 2011, go out into this world and help to change it memory of your beloved!
6. Finally, come back here and tell us your stories of secret kindnesses and human connection!
We hope everyone will join us in this amazing experience! Don't worry- you can commit a Kindness Project act that costs nothing (mow someone's yard, offer a homemade gift, bring cookies to a nursing home), only your time and devotion to another!
Or, you can have fun buying Starbucks for the person in line behind you... or you can leave flowers on a strangers' door... or you can buy someone's meal at a restaurant anonymously, or you can leave a $10 bill on the ground where someone can find it wrapped around a Kindness Project card... the list is endless!
Imagine this: All around the world, on this one day of the year, mourners will be transforming their grief into a powerful message of love, hope, peace, and kindness! The MISS Foundation's Cacciatore started the Kindness Project in 1996 as a way for families to cope with the tragedy of a child's death. Since then, more than 1,000,000 kindnesses have been committed around the globe in memory of children, gone too soon. TO ACCESS PRESS RELEASE VISIT HERE:http://missfoundation.org/pressreleases/PR_May2011_IntKindnessProjDay_MISS.pdf
We invite you to post your ideas and your miracles at the Kindness Project Facebook page below:
The soul still sings in the darkness telling of the beauty she found there; and daring us not to think that because she passed through such tortures of anguish, doubt, dread, and horror, as has been said, she ran any the more danger of being lost in the night. Nay, in the darkness did she, rather, find herself.