Find a Be Kind Bell on Random Act of Kindness Day and Spread Kindness

Friday, November 7, 2014

Find a Be Kind Bell on Random Act of Kindness Day and Spread Kindness
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Brenda Ridgway

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Since March 2010 Brenda Ridgway has been the Manager, Marketing and Communications at YMCA of Oakville.

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Look up and around, kindness is waiting to be found – and shared. More than 100 Be Kind Bells have been hidden across Oakville for Random Act of Kindness Day, November 7. These handmade ceramic chimes were created by the YMCA Peace Week committee and decorated by children in YMCA after school programs and youth in the Youth Leaders and Together As Girls YMCA programs. Everyone is encouraged to hunt for the bells and if you are lucky enough to find a one, keep it or pass it on to someone as a reminder to be kind and spread kindness.

The Be Kind Bell was inspired by a Ben’s Bell I found in Tucson. These bells are hidden in the community for anyone to find and there are many inspiring stories of people finding them just when they needed or received kindness from others. I brought the bell back to Oakville to spread kindness in our community.

If you find a Be Kind Bell, share where you found it and your act of kindness on the YMCA of Oakville’s Facebook page or tweet using #BeKindBell and #RAKOakville. On Friday, the YMCA will also be out in the community along with many other businesses and organizations spreading kindness with two Kindness Crews as well as hosting Be Kind events at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA and at many child care locations and before and after school programs.

Kindness is powerful and contagious. It is also the theme for this year’s YMCA Peace Week, November 15-22 which focuses on how being kind can eliminate bullying. Kirk Smalley, anti-bully advocate of Stand for the Silent will be the keynote speaker for the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace on November 19. Kirk will be sharing how the tragic suicide of his son Ty helped create a global movement that encourages youth to “stand up for the silent” and put an end to bullying. He will also be speaking to students at Pine Grove Elementary School and Garth Webb, White Oaks and St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary Schools and a special speaking engagement for parents will take place on November 18 at Oakville Town Hall. Other YMCA Peace Week events include a Candlelight Walk for Peace on November 17 and free Yoga for Peace classes on November 18 and 20.

Youth at the YMCA have also put together Act for Peace, a photo and video challenge for the month of November. They are encouraging people to post their acts of kindness to Instagram under 30seconds4peace throughout the month. An act of kindness is an act of peace – in just 30 seconds you can do something to spread kindness ripples to others.

For more information on the Be Kind Bells or YMCA Peace Week activities visit ymcaofoakville.org.

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