What’s happening in Ottawa today? Well for one thing, folks arriving in town are in for a pleasant surprise. Kind Ottawa Chair Rabbi Reuven Bulka and other local religious leaders will be welcoming passengers arriving at Ottawa International Airport. (They’ll also be handing out treats!) In another part of town, residents of Accora Village (on Woodridge Crescent) will be making hundreds of sandwiches and delivering them to local homeless shelters.
It’s a nice way to start a short work week. It’s also definitively kind. This week, February 13 to 20, is Kindness Week in Ottawa. And there’s every reason to join in the spirit of the annual week. We all know what a difference small, everyday act of kindness can make. From the stranger who lets you in line and the shopper who holds the door open to the neighbor who shovels your walkway and the teacher who makes the extra effort to help your kid—these people and choices elevate the quality of life in our community.
Besides, it’s fun to be kind. Not to mention easy.
The Kind Ottawa website offers these ideas to be kind:
Share your good fortune by donating to a charity, but remember that many charities need more than money. Donate blood, stem cells, or cord blood. Become an organ donor. Give your loyalty points to a charity. Donate your clothing, house-wares or furniture. Bring your gently used toys to shelters for abused women and their children. Or bring the toiletries you collect from hotel stays to local shelters for the poor or homeless.
Volunteer your time, energy and talents to help a worthy cause. There are many wonderful organizations in our community who rely on the kindness of volunteers to provide programs or services in our city. Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your community by lending your unique skills to a group in need.
Get in touch with Volunteer Ottawa to register as a potential volunteer for current or future opportunities!
3. Say thanks
Take the time to say thanks to the people who help you every day – from the bus drivers who take you to and from work, to the coffee shop and restaurant staff who serve you, to the police officers and security guards who strive to keep you safe and free from harm.
And the next time someone opens the door for you, helps you carry your bags, or does anything extra special for you, express your appreciation.
4. Celebrate kindness
There are countless people in our community who are kind every day: Nurses, doctors, hospital workers, home health providers and the relatives and neighbours who care for others at home or close to home. Acknowledge their kindness. Tell them you value their generosity and caring. They deserve the recognition.
5. Pay it Forward
The next time someone is kind to you, make a conscious effort to pay that kindness forward by being kind to another person. That way, you multiply the impact of kindness. You feel good, you help another to person feel good and you make a positive difference in the daily life of our community.