Chicagoans flock to the KIND Food Truck to Do the KIND Thing!

Hundreds of Chicago residents made their way to the KIND Food Truck outside Hotel 71 on August 7th to carry out the KINDING Mission in support of local children in need. Univision Chicago captured the scene for their Spanish speaking viewers, spreading the word of the KIND Movement and encouraging viewers to join fellow Chicagoans in making their kindness count. Thanks to this outpouring of kindness, KIND will be teaming up with the Kyle Korver Foundation to deliver hundreds of new school uniforms to local children who would be unable to afford them otherwise. Click the image below to watch Chicago KIND Team member, Jenny Busby, on Univision Chicago.

Chicago Food Truck

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Kindness in July

To many people, July means barbeques and fireworks, but to us, July is synonymous with kindness.  This month, we asked our community to share their secret to success with someone that they believe in and we saw an incredible response from KINDAHOLICS across the country.  Thanks to our community’s kindness, our team will be delivering suits and career counseling to women seeking employment.

Here are a few great stories of KINDAHOLICS who shared their secret to success with someone who they believe in.  To thank these KINDAHOLICS, we’ll be sending each one a KIND Cube so that they can enjoy the fruits (and nuts!) of their kindness.

JULY KINDING MISSION STORIES:

Spoke with young college alum at an alumni event, worked through employment struggles with a friend.

I have mentored several post college grads into a career in cancer clinical research and helped them get a job by coaching them on interview skills and sharing my network with them to get them hired.

My Mom has been stuck in a really tough job for a while now and has really been trying to change. She was nervous about the whole process and wasn’t sure where to get started so I gave her some advice that I try to follow when I get stuck and feel like I can’t move in a direction. I told her to make a change, any change whether it be big or small. But if you make one small change, the bigger ones get easier to tackle.

It’s a hard world out there and a lot of competition for new nurses. I like to encourage the new graduate nurses looking to get a start in the emergency field. If they have the right attitude toward nursing they will make it. No matter what others say, they just need to believe in themselves.

Very simple: learn to pick your battles, stick up for yourself (you are your best advocate), and try not to burn bridges.

My secret to success is never giving up. When faced with an obstacle (like not getting the first choice job I applied for), I accepted another job to get more experience, and 2 years later, when a similar job with the same employer became available, I again applied and then this time was hired!

Mine is not a story.. just a few words of wisdom. Remember, if you do not ask- the answer is always no. Remember that success is attained through persistence. The old sales adage remains true today to get one yes, you have to get past 100 no’s, so each ‘no’ brings you one step closer to the ‘yes’ you are looking for. And finally, success is measured in terms of happiness, not money!

My best friend has been looking for employment and she is unable to find any. I just try to keep her spirits up and tell her something will come along soon. She is very talented and someone soon will see that. Keep the faith.

“successful” brings up an image of a college graduate with a posh job, a good car and a nice house. None of that describes me, but I am financially secure and happy with my life. I recently helped a young woman who was struggling with her job and her home life. I shared stories of my past struggles, including my mistakes and bad decisions. It encouraged her to know that someone else had faced similar problems. She shared more details of her current struggles and I was able to help her in some areas. Sometimes people just need to know that they are not facing the world alone.

I told my little brother who is struggling with finding out what he is good at that it doesn’t matter how many different things you try and find out you’re no good at, you only fail when you give up trying.

 

 

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KIND invites Seattle residents to Do the KIND Thing for local women seeking employment

Local Seattle KIND team member, Alex Schirer, visited ABC Seattle to invite viewers and all Seattle residents to Do the KIND Thing in support of local women seeking employment. Alex encouraged Seatleites to carry out the KINDING Mission by sharing their secret to success with someone they believe in, letting them know that if enough people pledge to do so KINDmovement.com, KIND will team up with Dress for Success to provide suits and career counseling to hundreds of local women seeking employment.

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The Amazing KINDING Stories of June

June has already proven to be an exciting month full of kindness.  With a brand new site to house our community’s kindness, we anticipated a KIND reaction, but our community’s response has been even stronger than we could have expected!

Thanks to all of our KINDAHOLICS who did something KIND for the environment, we will be able to plant thousands of needed trees.  Behind the tremendous number of KINDAHOLICS who helped us reach our threshold exists a rich pool of stories about how KINDAHOLICS carried out their mission.  Each person who completed the KINDING Mission helped us unlock the BIG KIND Act, and to show our appreciation, we’re sending out KIND Cubes to reward some especially compelling stories.  Check them out!

 

We bought my sister some trees and helped her plant them in her yard. The kids helped. We hope in will help stop erosion caused by having no plants.
- Sara Sweatman

My son & I went on a “nature walk” & brought along a sac for garbage & debris we found in the neighborhood, along the way. We had a great time enjoying the outdoors & seeing different animals, trees and well … EVERYTHING in our community. We were able to fill a pretty big bag with picked-up trash!! My son asked if when we go for our next walk, we can play clean up again!! It is something SO simple that can have such an BIG impact! And I was amazed at how much fun it was for my little guy! I guess he feel like he’s doing something SUPER BIG – and honestly, HE IS!!
- Ashley Dalton

I planted 3 new trees in my own yard and I helped my neighbor plant 15 new trees in their yard. Hard work, but they certainly have made our neighborhood look a lot nicer.  The neighbor ran out of space and has some extra trees. We are going to plant them at an elderly neighbors home to help shade her house and help her save on those summer electric bills.
- Donna Shelley

I helped my neighbor plant 5 hazelnut trees, 2 tomato plants, a pomegranate tree, and 2 banana trees. So far they are all doing well except for the banana trees, they didn’t make it. We plant trees every year, just a little something to make the earth a better and more beautiful place.
- Bobbie Furgeson

I work for an after school program and i decided to do this mission with the help of the children to get them involved.  we planted flowers in lttle pots and then planted them outside! they loved it so much and it made the school look so great!
- Millie San

I was part of the environmental group which helped the environment grow and develop via the trekking activity and educating the people about the importance of the nature and being part of the group, I have helped the nature regain its importance.
- Rohith Lyer

My Son and I used some scrap wood, nails and wood stain from a house that is being built around the corner (with the permission of the builder). We made Garden boxes for his Preschool to plant vegetables and flowers.
- Shannon MacLean

I just went through our garage to make sure all the recycling was getting out. I was amazed to find 48 folded paper grocery bags, 9 flatened cardboard boxes (from delivered things) and 27 plastic bags! The garage looks neater but still needs some old toys etc. to be donated. Planning on that next week.
- Nancy Powell

Helped clean up the new green space in our town to make our town look more beautiful. While going on walks as a family we pick up trash that people have thrown out of their cars to help make things more beautiful around town too.
- Miranda Collings

As an elementary teacher, I organized a day where students made their own tote bags out of lost and found clothes. It was a great way to reuse those items, and it gave the kids incentive to bring their own bags to the store!
- Kathryn Welch

 

 

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Words of Thanks from March’s BIG KIND Act

This March, KIND had the pleasure of partnering with Baby Buggy to make a BIG KIND Act happen. Because enough KINDAHOLICS lent a helping hand to a parent, KIND delivered hundreds of diapers to mothers in need. Actresses and mothers Tiffani Thiessen and Elisabeth Rohm joined in on the kindness, helping KIND deliver the much needed diapers throughout New York and Los Angeles.

KIND is so touched by the display of kindness that made this BIG KIND Act possible, and saw that the mothers who received the diapers are immensely grateful too! Below are their words of thanks to the entire community (translated into English) in appreciation of your small act of kindness that unlocked so much more:

• “Thank you for your help for all my family. And may God give you more so you can help more families. Thank you!”

• “To whom it may concern. I appreciate all the help that you gave giving us diapers. It’s of great need and help for the families may God bless you. Thank you so much!”

• “My mom wants to give you thank you for this great help.” (The mom was crying and couldn’t write the thank you anymore so she asked her daughter to finish writing the thank you for her. She was so touched by your help and support!)

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Do the KIND Thing brings healthy meals to San Francisco citizens facing hunger

FOX San Francisco showed how Do the KIND Thing is making San Francisco (and the world!) a little kinder by spotlighting how the initiative is giving back to local citizens facing hunger. Because enough San Francisco residents accepted the May KINDING Mission to prepare a healthy meal for someone who makes their life feel full, the KIND Team paid it forward with a special visit to the San Francisco and Marin County Food Banks to package healthy groceries for thousands of meals that will be delivered to San Francisco citizens in need.

Click the image below to view the full segment and interview with local San Franciso KIND team member, Moira Noiseaux.

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KINDING our way into spring

May’s KIND Tuesday showed yet another flow of kindness from our community.   KINDAHOLICS across the country took the simple challenge of preparing a healthy meal for someone who makes them feel full and transformed this act of kindness into something much bigger.  Beyond the touching and creative ways that our community prepared meals for someone special, their kindness has enabled us to work with the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks to provide thousands with healthful meals.

As always, everyone’s kindness counted in helping us reach our goals, and below are some of our favorite stories from KINDAHOLICS who accepted the KINDING Mission.  We will be sending a KIND Cube to each of the winners below for making us feel very happily full this month:

I have a heart condition and have not been feeling well.  I have an appointment in a week, so my loving husband has done everything and not letting me lift a finger. One night when he came home I had a healthy salmon dinner waiting for him.The smile on his face was priceless.He gives so much for me and I will continue to do what ever I can to do a kind act for someone as special as my husband and pass it along to family friends and a stranger if they let me.
- Monica

My mom has always been the go-to gal in her small community. If someone is ill and needs help, there’s mom. If someone is going through a rough patch, there’s mom. She cooks dinners for elderly women in her town that cannot help themselves and cannot afford to go to a “home” where they can be cared for. The least I could do is make HER a meal. Nothing special, just something SHE didn’t have to make. It was refreshing to be able to help her, after all she has done for friends and family. It made me feel good to be able to say “No, Mom, you can’t help. Just go sit down and we will chat while I make dinner!”
- Colleen

I have a friend who is going through a rough time. We had a LOT of leftover chicken from a barbeque, to I cooked it, put it in a cooler, and gave the whole thing to her. She was so grateful she almost cried.
- Teresa

I have been making meals for an older couple. The wife has Alzheimers’s and the husband is so kind and patient with her. His caring attitude is an inspiration to me!
- Debbie

This week I met a homeless family traveling to the city for work so I invited to have dinner at my home and told them about how they could start anew in this town. They thanked me for dinner and said they will let me know how things work out. They were nice family and I hope to hear from them soon.
-San

 

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KINDING Educators for the Benefit of Ill Students

This KIND Tuesday unleashed another generous outpouring of kindness from our community.  The simple mission to write a note of thanks to an educator sparked touching acts of kindness across the country.  Thank you to each and every one of our KINDAHOLICS whose communal kindness has enabled us to bring textbooks to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to benefit children who are too ill to attend school.

Here are just several of our favorite KINDING Stories that were shared which have us even more excited for next KIND Tuesday! We hope that the KIND Cubes we send to the following KINDAHOLIC super stars will fuel them to repeat their kindness next month!

 

I thank a former teacher/co-worker by visiting her mom a couple of times a week in her assisted living home because I am retired and the daughter is still teaching full time AND coaching the basketball team. We have even enjoyed a KIND bar together. I did not know the mom until this placement and like most times when you do something kind, I am one getting blessed also.
-Kelly Kline Carrizosa

I thank my mother for teaching me to be a strong, smart, single woman who needs to rely on no one (ok maybe my mom at times). I thanked her by taking her out for a day in her favorite place, New York City. We went up to the MET so I could show her some of my favorite works of art and the new American wing. We then had a dinner at a restaurant in midtown and took her shopping in Times Square to end the day.
- Tiffany

A returned missionary who had took leave of teaching school had recently moved in with her daughter, to help with the young ones. one week before they where scheduled to move they had the choice to move in the next day to a bigger home or to lose it. The chose to move so they could all continue to live together. I went that night & started packing. I made 18 phonecalls & fb messages. The next day starting one hour late when the scheduled help left do to some tardiness on the family returning from the walkthrough & breakfast pickup. I brought my family & my eldest & I stayed till 6pm. Other individuals came & went & came back. We did it & were very joyful thoughtout the move. I thank God that day for letting me serve. Robin
-Rw Burdette

Today I thanked the many teachers that I work with. I announced to the class that today was A Day of “KIND”ness and explained your mission. One girl wrote a note to the children in the hospital that you are going to help bring “school” to them. Another 4th grade student delivered her note thanking her 3rd grade teachers and came back to tell me that they cried while reading her touching note. A few of my current students thanked me with a note too. Kids write some powerful thank you notes. Thank you for encouraging everyone to accept this mission of “KIND”ness. As Ellen says, “Be KIND to one another!” Thank you!!!
-Kristina S.

My son goes to a public preschool. Yesterday I send an email to our Senator so they will not cut the budget for the programs. I also sent it to his teacher I read it to her before. She was also my Daughters teacher a few years ago. I have a good relationship with her. Anyway it made her cry because of the things that was in there. This was before I signed up for the Kindness program. Just thought I would share this keepup the good deeds
-Beckie Howe Warger

I sent a note to the educator at Phoenix Children’s Hospital to let her know what a difference she made to me as a new nurse. She has the opportunity to touch and inspire every new nurse who starts their nursing journey at PCH and she certainly inspired me. She knows, that though not in this particular note to her, I am now working on my MSN-Ed (Masters in Nursing Education) and she will always remain a role model to me as I move forward in my nursing career. Here is what I wrote to her: Kathy, I am taking the KIND challenge to send a thank you note to an educator. Yes, I am responding to a request to do so, but actually it is just a good kick in the tush to do something I want to do but never get around to…. It took only a split second for me to think of you when I read the challenge to send words of appreciation to someone who has made a difference in my life through education. You are an educator I will always keep in my minds eye as a great example of classroom demeanor, follow through on commitments, centered wisdom, connection to the students and the use of humor in education. I hope you know the positive impact you make on others, and as a new graduate who was in your GAPP class, I think every person in that classroom would agree with me. Speaking as a new grad nurse, your comittment to helping us all feel welcome, respected, understood and cared for was paramount for making the challenging transition to the floor as a “real nurse” more exciting than terrifying! lol I felt like you really understood what we were all being faced with, thinking in the back of our minds and biting our nails about. Thank you for all you do!!
-Linda B.S.

my mom is the best teacher I know for that I thank her by surprising her with her favorite chocolate.
-Monica Anderson

I sent the following to my favorite highschool English teacher: Dear Lyn, Just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for your efforts as an educator. While I know it may not have been the most lucrative career, nor did it set you up for the most comfortable retirement, it certainly had value in all the students lives you touched. You encouraged my already desperate love for reading but still pushed me to explore written works outside of my comfort zone. Additionally you provided me an excellent foundation in writing, one that I was able to cultivate further in years following. Those skills served me well both in college, while pursuing a graduate degree, and even now as I prepare grants and communicate with donors. Thank you for always taking an interest in your students and guiding the academic explorations that made us into the people we all are today. All the best, Megan
-Megan M.

For my mission, I sent a “teachers care” bumper sticker, pin and a thank you note with a few kind snacks to my 3 neighbors that are teachers. It definitely made them smile and they all have the stickers on their cars now.
-Coleen Walsh

We gave my son’s teacher a candle as a thank you for being a part of his bright future. =)
-Alea S.

 

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Do the KIND Thing for Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

The KIND Food Truck made a special visit to ABC Phoenix to invite viewers to Do the KIND Thing in support of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Sonoran Living team spoke with KIND and a representative from Phoenix Children’s Hospital about the importance of the text book delivery we are working to make possible and encouraged viewers to sign up at KINDMovement.com, to make their acts of kindness count in getting us there!

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KIND and Phoenix Children’s Hospital remind local citizens to Do the KIND Thing!

Via two live broadcasts from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, KIND issued a call to NBC Phoenix viewers to Do the KIND Thing in support of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The NBC Phoenix Channel 12 news team joined KIND in inviting Phoenix residents to write a note of thanks to someone who educates, so that KIND can deliver hundreds of text books to hospitalized children who cannot attend school with their peers. Watch one of the full segments by clicking the image below!

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