KINDemic: Making Kindness Contagious
For as much as the virus can spread, as relentlessly as the wildfire grows, and as persistent as racism remains – there is another powerful movement: the movement of love, kindness, and human connection – always at work, a movement we can be a part of every day in small and big ways.
Which is why, in these last few weeks of 2020, we invite YOU, starting with the Foothills community of every age and stage, and then growing out to ANYONE, EVERYWHERE – to join the KIND-emic: a movement of courageous love worth spreading! We encourage the whole family to take part.
How do you participate in spreading kindness?
- It can be very simple, something you can do in 1-2 days! The goal is for it to spread quickly!
- As soon as you do an act of kindness, fill out the form so we can map it, then pass along the journal.
- While we can imagine many people will want to stay in their own neighborhoods, if you are willing, we encourage people to pick someone they don’t know* (green bar at right).
At the start, we handed out 8 journals and invited you to pass them on as a tangible record of the kindemic. But as we went on, we realized the kindemic could not be contained to the spread of the journals! We now invite anyone, anywhere to help spread the kindemic.
If you DO get the strain that involves the journal…..
- Please write about your experience of receiving an act of kindness in the journal.
- At a minimum, you record your own name/date of receipt and date of passing on.
- We encourage you to make a brief note about the act you are offering and/or the receiving.
- Be sure to pass along the journal to the person you bring the kindemic to. We want this to spread quickly, so this should be done within 1-3 days.
If you DO NOT have a journal but wish to start your own strain, we invite you to participate in the nonviral KINDemic.
How do you participate in the nonviral KINDemic?
- Offer as many random acts of KINDness as you like to anyone inside (or outside!) the Foothills community.
- Print the nonviral KINDemic form and give it to the recipient of your kind act so they can let us know they received your kindness.
However the transmission occurs, please log your act of kindness and the recipient so we know who has and has not been “infected.”
What acts of kindness can I do?
Below are just some suggestions staff came up with while brainstorming! Don’t feel limited by them.
Use this form to help us create a fun map illustrating the spread of our KINDemic!
Let us know where your act of kindness took place, and where it is heading next!
Who can you spread kindness to?
Anyone in your community who hasn’t already been “infected.” (Click the icon at the top left of the map to find out.) If you have someone in mind, go ahead and choose them.
*If you’d like to surprise a random person, however, contact Amy Gage by email or phone (970-493-5906).
If you don’t want to participate, also contact Amy.
Kindness Tracking Map
Most likely free to under $5
- Babysitting coupon
- A very intentional note celebrating what you love about someone but never put in words
- Rake leaves
- Leave drawings, paintings from children
- Chalk art
- Painted rocks or rocks covered in glitter
- Walk dogs
- Fix something you’ve noticed needs fixing (if you have all the parts at home)
- Take kids on a bike ride to give parents time to not parent
- Arrange to run errands or give needed rides
- Drop off a poem
- Send a link of a meaningful song via text
- Send a video compilation of friends/family saying nice things
- A video with children they know singing a song
- An outdoor, socially-distanced concert for them and their loved ones
- A game of four-square/badminton/bocce ball/pickleball
- Set up a fun obstacle course for the family
- Lend a small trampoline to people with kids
- Clean gutters
- Clean windows (Level up: come with a ladder to clean second-story windows)
- Share jokes — or write them in sidewalk chalk!
- Some bulbs (even better, if they want you to, plant them)
- A list of your top 10 Netflix shows they should watch
- Perform magic tricks
- Wash their car (and vacuum?) (and remove all the granola bar wrappers the kids left)
- Invite them to a scavenger hunt with a special prize at the end
- Jar of affirmations or compliments (you can give yourself one when you need it)
- Glitter fingernail polish
- Plant clippings
- Drop off a kitty (be sure to take it home again afterwards)
Maybe a little more expensive, but not too crazy
- Bring a meal
- Drop off flowers
- Bake cookies
- King Soopers gift card
- Fix something you’ve noticed needs fixing (if you don’t have all the parts at home)
- Give them something you made (jewelry, sign, knitted hat, etc.)
- Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant
- Pay for someone’s Starbucks
- Bring a pot of soup
- Bring a loaf of bread
- Bring them a jar of homemade jam
- Bring them a basket with snacks or a dinner
- Bring them a copy of your favorite book
- Bring them a movie and popcorn
- Pay for someone’s groceries in the grocery store
- Deliver soaps, relaxation items (essential oils)
- GIGANTIC BUBBLES! Like the kind you use a rope on a stick to make.
- Comfort shawl
- Handmade socks
- Funny socks
- ALL the flavors of lip balm!
- Adult coloring book and fresh colored pencils
- ALL the different colors of glitter glue!
- Play-doh in multiple colors
- Cookie dough for making yourself fresh-baked cookies
- Noco Nosh gift card
- A set of masks (homemade or otherwise)