World Kindness Day is on November 13th! This global holiday promotes the importance of being kind to each other, yourself, and the world. The purpose of this day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. Kindness can go a long way. To inspire our readers to carry out random acts of kindness, we’ve included some fantastic stories about what kindness has done for others. Do you have stories of kindness to share? We’d love to hear about it! Contact us with your stories, or share the story of someone you know.
Kindness in Alabama
When 4-year-old Austin Perine of Birmingham, Alabama, learned that there were people in the world who were both homeless and hungry, he decided to do something about it. Donning a cape and going by "President Austin," he asked his parents to take all the money they would spend on his toys and instead buy chicken sandwiches for him to hand out to the homeless. As he did, he gave each recipient a piece of advice: "Don't forget to show love."
Kindness in California
John and Stella Chhan have been running the Donut City doughnut shop in Seal Beach, California, for almost thirty years. Stella became ill from an aneurysm and had to stay in a nursing home, where John would visit her once the store closed every day at 2:00 p.m.
After donut patrons posted the story on social media, donut lovers lined up outside Donut City early in the morning, buying dozens of treats until the store sold out, allowing John to see his wife earlier. Donut City would sell out before 8 in the morning, and John was able to be by his wife’s side.
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Kindness in South Dakota
Javier Amos, 9, was diagnosed with leukemia and was granted a wish from the "Make-A-Wish Foundation," a wish that he could keep for himself as he was deserving. However, Javier wanted to share his wish.
He decided to use his wish to ask for a pizza party—including zoo animals, bouncy castles, laser tag, and other games—for his entire school. The "Make A Wish" foundation visited Javier’s elementary school in South Dakota for two hours one Friday as his thankful classmates cheered his kindness and proudly held signs with his name on them.
Kindness in Texas
Andy Mitchell noticed Justin Corva walking in 95º Fahrenheit heat. Andy pulled over and offered the young man a ride. From their conversation, he learned that Justin walks three miles to and from work every day because he couldn't afford a car.
Inspired by Justin’s dedication, Andy, along with other members of his community, set up a donation box in a local restaurant and got a good deal from a local car dealer to purchase Justin a 2004 Toyota Camry. Not only that, but they made sure he had a full tank of gas, insurance, and two years of oil changes. Acts of kindness such as this go a long way in changing a person’s life for the better.
Are you in the World Kindness Day spirit? Celebrate kindness today and share your story of kindness with us. If you are looking for apparel to inspire your kindness, we can help with that too! Our favorite is The Treat People with Kindness Hoodie is perfect for the occasion.