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‘This is what I was made for!’ 5 friends travel the country, spread kindness to strangers-Durrell Dawson TODAY

Twenty-year-old Alex Radelich started the project while in his first semester at Purdue University in Indiana. He dropped out to pursue ARK Project Now full time.

Twenty-year-old Alex Radelich started the project while in his first semester at Purdue University in Indiana. He dropped out to pursue ARK Project Now full time.

Five friends are hitting the streets this summer, spreading acts of random kindness to strangers around the country through a nonprofit organization called ARK Project Now.

They’ve traveled 6,000 miles in an RV doing simple acts with the mission of creating an epidemic of kindness.

“Kindness communicates value so no matter how large or small an act, it communicates value with people,” said Ted Thatcher, one of the friends who helped start the project.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Kind Snacks, the guys have left care packages for homeless people, bought coffee for strangers, and visited the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha to cook dinner for families staying in long-term housing. READ MORE

FFA officer tells delegates ‘Kindness Matters’

Kaci Major, the Burleson FFA's student president from 2012-13, delivers her farewell address Wednesday to the Texas FFA. (Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER)

Kaci Major, the Burleson FFA’s student president from 2012-13, delivers her farewell address Wednesday to the Texas FFA. (Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER)

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FORT WORTH – Kaci Major shared with the Texas FFA what students in the Burleson ISD already know. Kindness Matters.

“Give to others. No matter how much you dislike your own life, someone always has it worse,” Major said. “That one thing you do for someone might be what allows them to start their journey.”

The 2013 graduate of Burleson High School and past president of the Burleson FFA delivered her state officer address to about 9,000 delegates and guests Wednesday, asking them to consider the difference acts of kindness can make.
She moved from her childhood home at the age of 14, entering Burleson High School and joining the FFA.

“What did I have that the FFA needed?” Major asked. “More importantly, what did the FFA have that I needed? I began to realize all the things I could do in FFA.”

Last year, she became the first BHS student to ever be selected as a state officer.

She realized that the FFA chapter was her opportunity to show kindness to others. It became apparent when her agriculture science teacher invited her on a shopping trip to look over Airstream trailers.

“I was completely impressed with the craftsmanship of the Airstream and its completely out of the box look,” Major said. “There was one problem. I had never been inside an Airstream, ever. As I opened the door, my heart stopped. It was everything I imagined, and more.”

It is just one of the important dates in her life. She shared some others FFA members should recall:

•In 1928, the FFA was established in Kansas City, Missouri.
•In 1933, the FFA adopted the blue corduroy jacket as official dress.
•In 1969, the FFA opened its membership to females.
“I have lived by three simple rules,” Major said. “Always accept kindness. Sometimes it will be the only thing that will allow you to turn turn a bad day into a great day. Focus on today, because if you spend too much time worrying about tomorrow, you might miss out on all those opportunities that today has gifted to you.”

And through FFA, Major said she found evidence for the third rule.

“There is a special place for everyone,” she said. “You just can’t be afraid to take the journey to get there. If someone is kind to you, don’t blow them off. Take it to heart. Don’t go a lifetime not knowing how others feel about you.”

She encouraged fellow FFA members not to be so focused on the future that the present is missed.

“Focus on today. What comes tomorrow will be there when you get there. Tomorrow can wait,” Major said. “Take a deep breath, a step back and realize all that’s truly important is what’s in front of you now.”

Above all, she stressed finding little ways to share kindness.

“If we make the effort to give to others, we can make not just one person’s life better, we can make more,” Major said. “We must give to others. If we do that, we can make someone’s life that much better than it was before. If there’s someone behind you in line at Starbucks, go ahead and buy their coffee. Always give to others.”

And through it will come many experiences, she said.

“You’ll never know the memories you’ll make,” Major said. “I found that I could be kind to someone else through the FFA. And always accept kindness. One day you’ll be glad that you did.” READ STORY

Julian’s Story

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Last May 2013 Julian was diagnosed with a type of limb girdle muscular dystrophy called Sarcoglycan deficiency. Although it has led to a lot of difficulties, Julian is keeping a positive attitude. Yet, one of those difficulties was in his own home. He and his mom were living in a townhome and Julian could no longer make it up and down the stairs.

The time had come for them to move and his mom became full of anxiety at the cost of an unexpected move. When The Kindness Wave team became aware of their need they sprang into action. The team began to help in the search for just the right home and a check was given to the new landlord to make it possible for them to move into their new lake home. Kind acts make a difference, just ask Julian and his mom!

Wave News – Kindness During Sandy Disaster

Disaster can often bring out the worst and the best in people. There has been a lot of devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy and many people are suffering. One thing is certain, the kindness of others in desperately needed at this time and it is being found everywhere.

Several days ago, Newark Mayor Corey Booker tweeted, “Police have reported ZERO looting or crimes of opportunity in Newark. And ceaseless reports of acts of kindness abound everywhere.”

Reports of acts of kindness are showing up all over the place and although there is still a lot of people in great need these acts are making a real difference. Is there something you can do to help? There will be relief efforts going on in the coming days and you can tune into those. You can make a donation to the Red Cross as they have been responding to the needs already. Or you can simply remeber that everyday kindness matters and share some today!

Wave News – Sadness Inspires Kindness

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The sadness of 12-year-old Carly Thomas inspired a whole lot of kindness. When she learned three-year-old Milo Hill, her baby sister’s best friend was recently diagnosed with leukemia, she went into action. Carly has organized a mountain of donations to be sold at Snell Isle’s White Elephant sale on Saturday. People are also giving cash and over $1,000 in donations has already been collected. She even has a lot of her friends baking for the sale. Way to go Carly! Another fine example of Everyday Kindness lighting the way! Read More

Kindness is Beautiful

Phyllis Gallant’s home was part of a Volunteers of America of Florida project on Wednesday. 18 strangers volunteered their time and made a real difference. Phyllis, a World War II Navy veteran, lost her husband and helper eight years ago. Since then, Phyllis 87, has been unable to keep up with everything. Gratitude for the kindness shared filled her heart while she watched her battered home being repaired. Read more.

Community rallies in kindness

Lloyd Brooks, an army veteran and amputee, hadn’t smiled in weeks. Last month his tricycle was stolen, leaving him basically confined to his home and without a new prosthesis specially designed for the trike. When Brooks’ story appeared in the Tampa Bay Times the community responded with great kindness through an outpouring of donations, fulfilling Brooks “pipe dream.”  Read more