50 States of Kindness!

Kindness Reigns Supreme!

We are excited to announce our latest project, 50 States of Kindness! And our latest Love & Kindness Button designed by Ashlynn Drach, a contestant for Miss Illinois! Ashlynn is spreading kindness with her Community Service Initiative the 3A’s of Kindness: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

Ashlynn reached out to The Love and Kindness Project Foundation to ask if she could design a special button to use throughout her campaign, and of course we said “yes”! Here is the Kindness Reigns Supreme button:

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We met for lunch on the weekend before Valentine’s Day, and because kindness and creativity lead to more kindness and creativity, we decided to collaborate on a 50 States of Kindness Project!!

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Ashlynn will be encouraging pageant contestants in other states to spread kindness using our new Kindness Reigns Supreme buttons, and so will we at The Love and Kindness Project Foundation!

To participate in our project, all you need to do is:

  1. Go to the Contact Us section and fill in the form!
  2. Share a story of a kind act you did or were the recipient of and what state you were in
  3. Send us your address and we will send you two Kindness Reigns Supreme buttons! One to keep and one to share!!

Then we will add your story to this Project page and add your state to the 50 States of Kindness Map above!

And if you don’t live in the United States, don’t worry! More countries coming soon!

Can’t wait to add your stories and send you your buttons!

Your 50 States of Kindness Stories!

Arizona

  • Denise Grandon: Delivered food to the Warrior Healing and brought food to share at work

Colorado

  • Devin Klock: A Kindness A Day.org posts a kindness a day and gave out gifts for Random Acts of Kindness Week

Georgia

  • Leslie Henckler & Ann Capacci: Left buttons at a Welcome Center for people to find

Illinois

  • Ashlynn Drach: Designed the buttons and will give out to other Miss America contestants and during her kindness project

Indiana

  • Rachel Mills and Casey Mullaney: Printing t-shirts to give to homeless people

Michigan

  • Betsy Williams: Delivered tulips to a friend in need on a snowy day
  • Holly Plaga: Will give out 75 at Michigan Lean Consortium Grand Rapids Conferece and talk about kindness and Kind Leadership

Minnesota

  • Missy Merschman and Stacy Burnham: Cohosting Make a Difference Day for MN Kindness Alliance

New York

  • Leslie Henckler: Will leave buttons at rest stops when driving between Rochester, NY and Florida and will post about it

North Carolina

  • Leslie Henckler & Ann Capacci: Left buttons at a Welcome Center for people to find

Ohio

  • Joanna McIntire: Created a week of six service projects that people in her church could sign up for including helping at a homeless shelter, and a clothing donation center that serves children in need of clothes for school. During the projects they moved furniture, made refugee boxes, food pantry boxes and mats for homeless people to sleep on

Pennsylvania

  • Jacque Chaiko: Will do an act of kindness once she receives the buttons
  • Leslie Henckler & Ann Capacci: Left buttons at a Welcome Center for people to find

South Carolina

  • Leslie Henckler & Ann Capacci: Left buttons at a Welcome Center for people to find

Texas

  • Steven Sulkin: Shared my post on treating customer service people kindly, and added his own thoughts about the importance of sending thank you notes

Utah

  • Michelle Jorgensen: Organized an hosted an In Your Own Voice Session for 20 young women aged 13 – 18

Virginia

  • Ann Cappaci gave a Love and Kindness Bracelet to a young girl and person who works in the Welcome Center. She and Leslie Henckler left Kindness Reigns Supreme Buttons and OG Love and Kindness Buttons at the hotel they stayed in!

Washington

  • Pennie Saum: Started a podcast called Unsilenced Sisters to raise the voices of women

Cross Canada Kindness

Cross Canada Kindness

Ontario

  • Annette Down: Gave an orchid to a neighbor who was hospitalized
  • Cary Small: Gave compliments and Kindness Reigns Supreme buttons to nurses
March Project

Kindness Buttons at Lakeridge Health

Inspired by the kindness and camaraderie of the recent Spirit Week at Oshawa Hospital, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging Jean Nash saw an opportunity to revive a beloved initiative at Lakeridge Health: kindness buttons.

For individuals like Cheryl Joe, these simple yet meaningful tokens of appreciation make a difference.

“Getting a kindness button from Jean meant a lot as it made me feel seen and recognized for the work I do,” shares Cheryl, Charge Radiology Technologist, Interventional Radiology at Lakeridge Health. “In health care, we often don’t get opportunities to discuss the role and impact that kindness plays in our everyday lives. This gives us a chance to stop and look at how it impacts patient experience, our work environment, and overall personal well-being.”

Kindness buttons are small green buttons from the Love and Kindness Project Foundation, meant to uplift others. Since the campaign launched at Lakeridge Health in 2022, Jean recognized the positive effect of the buttons.

“I was inspired by the Love and Kindness Project Foundation and I’ve felt firsthand the positive impact the kindness buttons had on team members when the initiative started a couple years ago,” explains Jean, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging at the Oshawa Hospital. “I felt it was just the ray of light our team needed to celebrate Spirit Week.”

This time was no different. Within two days, all 400 kindness buttons were distributed.

“We’ve had such an overwhelming positive response from our teams,” says Jean.

Two days, 400 buttons, and 400 smiles later, the rekindled campaign is only just beginning. “I feel we have a much larger audience to reach,” says Jean. “My hope is that everyone who received a button will be inspired to give a button to a colleague, friend, or family member to continue to spread the inspiring message of the Love and Kindness Project.”

“Any time we can share joy, we can connect,” adds Cheryl.

March Project

Kindness Buttons at Lakeridge Health

Inspired by the kindness and camaraderie of the recent Spirit Week at Oshawa Hospital, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging Jean Nash saw an opportunity to revive a beloved initiative at Lakeridge Health: kindness buttons.

For individuals like Cheryl Joe, these simple yet meaningful tokens of appreciation make a difference.

“Getting a kindness button from Jean meant a lot as it made me feel seen and recognized for the work I do,” shares Cheryl, Charge Radiology Technologist, Interventional Radiology at Lakeridge Health. “In health care, we often don’t get opportunities to discuss the role and impact that kindness plays in our everyday lives. This gives us a chance to stop and look at how it impacts patient experience, our work environment, and overall personal well-being.”

Kindness buttons are small green buttons from the Love and Kindness Project Foundation, meant to uplift others. Since the campaign launched at Lakeridge Health in 2022, Jean recognized the positive effect of the buttons.

“I was inspired by the Love and Kindness Project Foundation and I’ve felt firsthand the positive impact the kindness buttons had on team members when the initiative started a couple years ago,” explains Jean, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging at the Oshawa Hospital. “I felt it was just the ray of light our team needed to celebrate Spirit Week.”

This time was no different. Within two days, all 400 kindness buttons were distributed.

“We’ve had such an overwhelming positive response from our teams,” says Jean.

Two days, 400 buttons, and 400 smiles later, the rekindled campaign is only just beginning. “I feel we have a much larger audience to reach,” says Jean. “My hope is that everyone who received a button will be inspired to give a button to a colleague, friend, or family member to continue to spread the inspiring message of the Love and Kindness Project.”

“Any time we can share joy, we can connect,” adds Cheryl.

December 2023 Project: Traverse Area Human Resource Association Kindness Kards!

Every year, the Traverse Area Human Resource Association (TAHRA) dedicates its December membership meeting to networking and sharing new learning experiences.

TAHRA is an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). TAHRA is based out of Traverse City, MI and includes employers from the Northern Michigan area. The mission of TAHRA is to provide support, education, and collaboration for Human Resource Professionals throughout our community.

This year with the help of The Love and Kindness Project Foundation, we facilitated a Kindness Kard Game activity that led to creating over 350 kindness cards to share with coworkers and our communities. Each member also received a handful of Love and Kindness Buttons to share and distribute for acts of kindness they observe this holiday season.

Our lively round table discussions focused on how as leaders, every kind act you do, every kind word you speak, and every kind thought you have makes a huge, positive, kind difference! We then got busy and created kindness cards and reflected on who we would share them with. Great conversation and the spirt of kindness filled the room.

Thank you, Love and Kindness Project Foundation, for spreading positivity and cheer that lasts year-round.

And thank you to Betsy Williams from TAHRA for organizing this kind activity!

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December 2023 Project: Traverse Area Human Resource Association Kindness Kards!

Every year, the Traverse Area Human Resource Association (TAHRA) dedicates its December membership meeting to networking and sharing new learning experiences.

TAHRA is an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). TAHRA is based out of Traverse City, MI and includes employers from the Northern Michigan area. The mission of TAHRA is to provide support, education, and collaboration for Human Resource Professionals throughout our community.

This year with the help of The Love and Kindness Project Foundation, we facilitated a Kindness Kard Game activity that led to creating over 350 kindness cards to share with coworkers and our communities. Each member also received a handful of Love and Kindness Buttons to share and distribute for acts of kindness they observe this holiday season.

Our lively round table discussions focused on how as leaders, every kind act you do, every kind word you speak, and every kind thought you have makes a huge, positive, kind difference! We then got busy and created kindness cards and reflected on who we would share them with. Great conversation and the spirt of kindness filled the room.

Thank you, Love and Kindness Project Foundation, for spreading positivity and cheer that lasts year-round.

And thank you to Betsy Williams from TAHRA for organizing this kind activity!

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Summer Sidewalk Chalk Kindness Project!

Please join our Summer Sidewalk Chalk Kindness Project! It’s super easy, super fun and super kind! All you need to do is write or draw a message of kindness on your driveway or sidewalk! Then take a picture of it and post on social media to spread even more kindness.

Use the hashtags #SideWalkChalkKindness and #LKPF! Tag us on Instagram @lovekindnessprojectfoundation

And…if you’d like to see your Sidewalk Chalk Kindness on our website, just email pictures of your masterpiece to karyn@loveandkindnessproject.org

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Summer Sidewalk Chalk Kindness Project!

Please join our Summer Sidewalk Chalk Kindness Project! It’s super easy, super fun and super kind! All you need to do is write or draw a message of kindness on your driveway or sidewalk! Then take a picture of it and post on social media to spread even more kindness.

Use the hashtags #SideWalkChalkKindness and #LKPF! Tag us on Instagram @lovekindnessprojectfoundation

And…if you’d like to see your Sidewalk Chalk Kindness on our website, just email pictures of your masterpiece to karyn@loveandkindnessproject.org

Hawaii – Kind Hope for Dogs Kindness Bandana Project

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, Hope for Dogs Rescue hosted an adoption and fundraiser event at VCA Family and Oahu Veterinary Specialty Center.

Their adoptable dogs were there, and they raised over $1,800 by selling special Hawaii Kind Dog Bandanas using funds from their Love and Kindness Project Microgrant. Thanks to kind volunteers, Donnalynn and Leona, who hand-sewed over 200 bandanas for this kind event!

Thank you to Erin Flemming for facilitating this very kind project! And please remember, kindness isn’t just about people, it’s about all Living Things!

Hawaii – Kind Hope for Dogs Kindness Bandana Project

On Sunday, May 7, 2023, Hope for Dogs Rescue hosted an adoption and fundraiser event at VCA Family and Oahu Veterinary Specialty Center.

Their adoptable dogs were there, and they raised over $1,800 by selling special Hawaii Kind Dog Bandanas using funds from their Love and Kindness Project Microgrant. Thanks to kind volunteers, Donnalynn and Leona, who hand-sewed over 200 bandanas for this kind event!

Thank you to Erin Flemming for facilitating this very kind project! And please remember, kindness isn’t just about people, it’s about all Living Things!

OUTCAN Kindness Campaign

Practicing Kindness is for everyone!

The Love and Kindness Project Foundation was so excited to partner with MFSUS (Military Family Services US, who support Canadian Armed Forces and their family members stationed in the United States) for their first ever OUTCAN Kindness Campaign.

From March 13th to 17th MFSUS invited Canadian Armed Forces members and their families posted across the US to participate in OUTCAN Kindness Week! An initiative to inspire deliberate acts of kindness and remind everyone about the power these acts can have.

Participants received daily communication with ideas, tips and resources to use to spread the message of kindness from Coast to Coast and were asked their stories and follow along using hashtags #OUTCANkindness and #LoveAndKindnessProjectFoundation

Participants could also download templates to create OUTCAN Kindness Stickers and order Love and Kindness Buttons to give out.

OUTCAN Kindness Campaign

Practicing Kindness is for everyone!

The Love and Kindness Project Foundation was so excited to partner with MFSUS (Military Family Services US, who support Canadian Armed Forces and their family members stationed in the United States) for their first ever OUTCAN Kindness Campaign.

From March 13th to 17th MFSUS invited Canadian Armed Forces members and their families posted across the US to participate in OUTCAN Kindness Week! An initiative to inspire deliberate acts of kindness and remind everyone about the power these acts can have.

Participants received daily communication with ideas, tips and resources to use to spread the message of kindness from Coast to Coast and were asked their stories and follow along using hashtags #OUTCANkindness and #LoveAndKindnessProjectFoundation

Participants could also download templates to create OUTCAN Kindness Stickers and order Love and Kindness Buttons to give out.

Kindness Kits for the Homeless

Last year, Karen Light and her partner Hector Montes, lost their baby to miscarriage.

On Saturday, March 4th, they completed a Kindness Project they created to honor their unborn baby. With the help of our micro-grant, Karen and Hector made kindness kits to give to people in need that they pass as they go about their day.

In each kit they included:
– Socks
– Bandaids
– Water
– Snacks
– Information about local resources
– Wet Wipes
– Love and Kindness Buttons and Sticker

And a hand written note:
Dear Human,
We see you
We think about you
You matter
Big Hugs!

Thank you so much Karen and Hector for spreading kindness, and reminding us all that kindness is about taking action to help others!

Kindness Kits for the Homeless

Last year, Karen Light and her partner Hector Montes, lost their baby to miscarriage.

On Saturday, March 4th, they completed a Kindness Project they created to honor their unborn baby. With the help of our micro-grant, Karen and Hector made kindness kits to give to people in need that they pass as they go about their day.

In each kit they included:
– Socks
– Bandaids
– Water
– Snacks
– Information about local resources
– Wet Wipes
– Love and Kindness Buttons and Sticketr

And a hand written note:
Dear Human,
We see you
We think about you
You matter
Big Hugs!

Thank you so much Karen and Hector for spreading kindness, and reminding us all that kindness is about taking action to help others!

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#LOUD Authentic Belonging Space

Authentic Belonging Space (#LABS for short) is our first project of 2023! A cooperative project with Brave and Unbroken Project, #LABS is a space and community where people can share their thoughts and experiences, in their own voice, about all kinds of topics!

Unlike other platforms where there is an application process, and people have to be evaluated and accepted, #LABS is a place where diverse voices are sought out, welcomed and encouraged!

Each month, we’ll be sharing a different topic and asking for your stories around that topic. Upload a video or audio story…or write your story!

We want to hear your voice and your point of view! You #Belong!

#LOUD Authentic Belonging Space

Authentic Belonging Space (#LABS for short) is our first project of 2023! A cooperative project with Brave and Unbroken Project, #LABS is a space and community where people can share their thoughts and experiences, in their own voice, about all kinds of topics!

Unlike other platforms where there is an application process, and people have to be evaluated and accepted, #LABS is a place where diverse voices are sought out, welcomed and encouraged!

Each month, we’ll be sharing a different topic and asking for your stories around that topic. Upload a video or audio story…or write your story!

We want to hear your voice and your point of view! You #Belong!