Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person. That’s the sentiment behind a new statewide campaign looking for Utah residents to record 1 million acts of kindness in 40 days.
The Be Kind Utah campaign begins May 7 to June 16 in conjunction with Utah Family Month and is being promoted locally by The Family Place.
“We know that kindness goes a long way,” said Esterlee Molyneux, Director of The Family Place in Logan. “What we believe and what we know is that when people are kind to one another, it builds connections between people and helps get us through a hard day or challenging experience.”
Laura Svager and her two young children, ages 5 and 7, are taking the pledge and each committed to engage in 100 acts of kindness over the next 40 days.
“I showed my kids the website and talked to them about the initiative,” said Svager. “If we’re not doing two and three acts of kindness in a day, then what kind of a world are we living in? If everyone pledged a hundred, then we would easily get to a million,” she said.
Svager added, “We are just going to have fun with it and spread a little sunshine while spring is in the air.”
“We are looking for people to watch for acts of kindness, to perform acts of kindness and really showcase the incredible people that live in our state,” according to Molyneux.
Molyneux said a number of schools and businesses have already agreed to participate in the event, including Green Canyon High School, which committed to 10,000 acts of kindness.
Community members can report their acts of kindness by sharing them on social media platforms with the hashtag #BeKindUT2019 and tagging The Family Place Utah.
Kindness packets and pledge forms are available on The Family Place website. You can also get ideas and report your acts of kindness on the website as well.
The Family Place was established in 1982 by a group of volunteers dedicated to strengthening the family system and preventing child abuse.