It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Random Acts is celebrating in style! This holiday season, each staff member had $150 to put towards an #RAHolidayKindness act of their choice. Although we encourage spreading kindness all year long, the holiday season is an extra special time to focus on sharing our love, time, and resources with others. We had so much fun making holiday magic happen. It only makes sense to spread the cheer with a blog series telling you all about our staff holiday acts! Let’s see what the Random Acts elves have been up to…
As the winter months go from frosty to frigid, sometimes a little warmth is all we need to keep our spirits up. Whether that comes from a hot meal or a cozy blanket, warmth, both physical and metaphorical, can go a long way. Using their #RAHolidayKindness budgets, three of our staff members got to work spreading lasting compassion throughout their communities.
Regional Representative for US Central Holli DeWees saw a need in her school district. School lunches can be expensive, especially with multiple kids, and many families cannot afford them, even with assistance. Because of this, the Lunch for Learners fund exists where members of the community can help families out so they do not have to worry about paying for those meals. Holli sent an electronic donation using her full budget and the district was very grateful to receive it.
New York City is lucky to be home to not just Random Acts staff members, but the Friends of Random Acts supporting group. This wonderful collective performs random acts of kindness year round, and this year hosted a holiday kindness party. At the party, Friends of RA was joined by Outreach Officer Paulina Fangel and Executive Director Rachel Miner, and together the group made about a dozen no-sew fleece blankets. They also collected baby supplies, toys, purses, and toiletries. All of these were donated to the Social Work team at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s in New York City, specifically the unit for expecting and new mothers experiencing hardships. Fun and friendship were abundant, as well as snacks, and the group looks forward to the kindness acts to come.