Random Acts Matter (RAM) is preparing for its third annual Random Acts of Kindness Week, formally known as Paint the Town Orange. RAM is calling for everyone in St. Charles to participate in this event by doing random acts of kindness, no matter how small.
Random Acts of Kindness Week will take place February 9-15th.
Random Acts of Kindness Week is a week promoting compassion and consideration for others within the community. Participants are encouraged to do nice things to fellow community members. Acts of kindness can be informal, such as writing a gratitude letter, or elaborate, such as what St. Charles North students did last year. At the high school, students created a line to greet those who walked in with smiles and compliments, as well as put up uplifting notes on their peers’ lockers.
Other acts in the past have included kids writing letters to seniors and the St. Charles Park District leaving out dog toys at the dog parks.
“You realize that it doesn’t cost anything to be kind, to give back,” said Jen Rothenberg, the chair of the event. “As simple as holding the door open for someone, it doesn’t cost anything, but yet the ripple effect that it has on the community is priceless.”
“Every day I get emails from businesses, teachers and individuals asking what can we do, how can we help. It has really made me open my eyes to how amazing this community is.”
RAM is a nonprofit charity organization dedicated spreading care and compassion. Visit RAM’s website at https://www.randomactsmatter.com/ to sign up as a volunteer or to find ideas for random acts of kindness.