If the last 19 months have taught us anything, it’s that we all need more love, understanding, compassion, and perhaps most importantly, kindness in our lives. On November 13th, the world stops to celebrate World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day has its roots in Tokyo, Japan. It was officially started by the World Kindness Movement in 1998 after a conference the year prior that gathered kindness organizations from around the world to promote the importance of kindness.
While the day is recognized globally in nations such as the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates, the main purpose of the day is to focus on random acts of kindness happening in local communities. These acts may seem very small and even insignificant to some at the moment, but when added all together, we are working to make the world a better and kinder place.
The community in Hudson County is special and we’re so proud to call it home. asked if any random acts of kindness had been seen in the community, neighbors responded with beautiful stories and encounters that may seem small to some but make a world of difference. We have rounded up a few examples of kindness in the community. Read on to learn about these beautiful acts.
- “On my way into NYC I saw a teenage boy struggling with his PATH card. Just when he seemed really frustrated an older couple came to help him,” — says Katie K.
- “I love The Hive and I always see people offering to help out moms there. Even if it’s helping get a stroller inside or keep watch on one kid while they help the other,”— Kelly V shared.
- “We have a really amazing woman who comes to play Pickleball quite often. After the most recent rainstorm, she took it upon herself to clean off the courts and be sure they were safe for those who wanted to play,” — John M explained.
- “I recently experienced a coffee chain. Someone bought coffee for the person behind them and it inspired a few others to do the same.”— Emily J said.
- “As I was on my way to donate clothes a young woman stopped and asked if I had any clothes, I could give to her (she didn’t know I had clothes in my car!). The look on her face was priceless. I hadn’t considered asking someone I pass outside regularly if they were in need,” Jasmine H says.
- “This afternoon I came across someone struggling to get home. I purchased a metro card for $2.75 so he could ride the train. He had left his wallet and wanted to Venmo me. I said ‘no way!’”– Erica S told us.
- “My dog goes for a walk with me early in the evening every day. I usually always have the proper supplies to clean after him, but I didn’t realize I ran out. A passing person was happy to lend me a bag to keep my pup and our environment clean,”—Julia R shared.
- “I was leaving my apartment building and saw a resident sharing baked goods with the desk staff. It looked incredible and such a nice gift for the team that works so hard for its residents,” — Chelsea G said.