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Kindness Day expands in second year

Published: October 13, 2011
Section: Features

In efforts to show appreciation throughout the community, Brandeis has expanded last year’s Kindness day into a Kindness Week. It is concurrent with the national week of Kindness, which runs from Nov. 7 through 11.

The week aims to lift the students’ spirits on campus and encourage them to show their thanks to those who impact their daily lives. This year the planning committee has arranged two community service projects accessible to faculty, staff and students.

The project is partnering with More than Words and Cradles to Crayons, both of which are located in Waltham. On Nov. 10, up to 25 participants will be volunteering at More than Words and, on Nov. 11, up to 50 community members will be volunteering at Cradles to Crayons. Free transportation will be given to those who participate.

In addition to the service opportunities, Kindness Week will continue to offer free postcards in Usdan to students to send through campus mail to friends, staff and professors. Students will also be able to fill out flyers to persuade people to engage in random acts of kindness.

With Thanksgiving approaching, the timing for Kindness Week made perfect sense, said a member of the original committee, Professor Wendy Cadge (SOC) last year. Such a devotion to kindness would logically prompt feelings of gratitude.