The Gift of Giving

February 15, 2020

Quote of the Week

"You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!" - Anne Frank

The Gift Of Giving

"What binds us as a community? We believe, it starts with strong family bonds and positive values that are passed down from generation to generation. Watch Hakim's journey as he learns about kindness and giving."

This is an incredibly soul rendering video that talks about how values are caught and not taught. Kindness has a way of spreading. When one person – adult or child – commits a random act of kindness, it inspires others to do the same. With some people, the well of generosity runs deep. They do incredible things to improve the lives of others, opening up their pocketbooks or going the extra mile in unexpected ways. Each of these actions change lives, and in some cases saves lives. And each one inspires the other to act a little kinder or give more of themselves.The key is just to get the ball rolling.

I hope you enjoy watching this video as a family just as I did and look forward to many heart opening ripples in the process. [watch video]

Reading Corner

Title: Tomorrow I'll Be Kind
By: Jessica Hische
Ages: 3-7

"Tomorrow I'll be everything
I strive to be each day
And even when it's difficult
I'll work to find a way.

This uplifting and positive book encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will be grateful, helpful, and kind. This book showcases words of wisdom, hope, and positivity alongside adorable illustrations of love and caring. Kids will love seeing all the ways — both big and small — that they can spread kindness in their community in this beautifully lettered and illustrated book! It also captures how simple, thoughtful actions can improve everyone's lives. In the illustrations, a mouse, cat, and rabbit highlight the many ways to express empathy and compassion: patience, generosity, helpfulness, and more. This follow-up to Tomorrow I'll Be Brave is uplifting and positive, reminding young readers that they have the power to make a difference." - Publishers

Be the Change

People generally aren't used to receiving kindness from strangers. Most of us are too wrapped up in our lives to pay much attention to anyone else. That's why it's so striking when strangers do something unexpected. The act may be as simple as holding the door open for someone else, or letting a person go first in line. Even the smallest actions can have an impact.

Here are some tips and ways to bring little smiles on the faces of others, as we continue to flex our own generosity muscles, one small act at a time.  Additionally, here's a great Kindness Challenge toolkit to encourage kindness as an all school / community experiment.