Kindness has been shown to cause a ripple effect. Research proves that if you show kindness to one person, that person will show kindness to four people and those four people will show kindness to four more people and so on. Kindness releases “feel-good” hormones, like oxytocin and endorphins, that reduce stress, anxiety, depression and can lower blood pressure and even increase your happiness and life span. Compassionate giving benefits the giver and recipient. Exchanges of kindness can change you-- and the world.
Teens for a Better Tomorrow (#t4bt), the youth advisory board for Chambersburg Cares, believes in the promise of a “be kind” attitude and has launched their first Kindness Campaign focused on intentional acts of kindness in the schools, workplaces and the community at large. Throughout the month of February, the campaign challenges kids of all ages and adults in the community to be kind to one another - to intentionally be kind - by offering up a smile, giving a high five, paying for a stranger's drink/meal, befriending someone new, or in any way you like!
There are several aspects of the kindness campaign - see below for details about each component!
T-shirts - Teens for a Better Tomorrow and Chambersburg Cares are selling "be kind" shirts in schools, businesses, and organizations - and would love to have everyone wear their "be kind" shirts on Fridays in February as a visible reminder to others to be kind. Over 1500 t-shirts have been ordered to date. You can still order a t-shirt. There are two more order dates; January 29 for delivery by February 14th and February 6 for delivery by February 22. Shirts are $8 for one or $7.50 for two or more. Buy shirts for you and your whole family or you can also donate a shirt for someone who can’t afford one - and let's just see how many shirts we can see throughout February (especially on Fridays!) Buy shirts using this form - or go to stores.bluemountainsportsonline.com - then select HCP - BE KIND! Contact Christy at email@example.com or (717)264-1470 x102 to learn more!
Kindness Challenge Calendar – Teens for a Better Tomorrow have created a Kindness Challenge calendar for the month of February. Everyone can join the challenge - check out the calendar for details.
"Kindness is Contagious" FREE Movie - The Community Film Night committee is hosting a free showing of the film, "Kindness is Contagious" about the science of spreading kindness on Thursday, February 22nd at the Capitol Theatre's Wood Center - admission is FREE, but please pre-register here! Watch the trailer here! Chambersburg Rotary is sponsoring this event.
Kind-o-grams - Keep an eye out at local secondary schools for kind-o-grams being given out to spread kindness and remind students that kindness matters - and so do they! Chambersburg Cares is collecting donations of Dum Dum lollipops - call 717- 264-1470 if you can donate!
Trojans Boys Basketball Game – Join Teens for a Better Tomorrow on Friday, February 2nd at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School for a kindness-themed final, regular season home game!
Kindness Video – Teens for a Better Tomorrow are creating a video featuring student-interviews about kindness. It will be shared soon—stay tuned!
Kindness Pins – The Chambersburg Rotary is sponsoring the distribution of free kindness pins during the campaign.
For more information about the Kindness Campaign, contact Christy Unger at 717-264-1470.
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