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Kindness Celebration Day

Content contributed by Bo Young, community volunteer for Connect Wholeheartedly.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop

Kindness is not something that demands hard work. It originates from the simple act of doing no harm to others. It involves judging less, as kindness is rooted in empathy and acceptance. The Oxford Dictionary defines kindness as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.

The Hutchinson Connect Wholeheartedly Committee has discussed the impact of kindness in our community and beyond. As we took some time to reflect on all the random and intentional acts of kindness that have taken place over the past year, we realized that the list appears to have no end. It is easy to get caught up in all of the negativity and despair that surrounds us on a daily basis, however, there is evidence of more good in the world if you seek it. Wherever you see pain and devastation, you often see kindness in response. Here are a few examples:

  • Operation Hope provides supplies, love and support for the homeless in Minneapolis.
  • The Kindness Rocks program hides painted rocks throughout communities for others to discover.
  • Park Elementary decorated classroom doors with inspiring messages of kindness.
  • Several benefits were hosted to raise money for families dealing with medical and financial hardships.
  • Reagan’s 2018 Kindness Campaign resulted in hundreds of people coming together in an effort to promote random acts of kindness and to stand up to bullying.
  • The United Way of McLeod County promoted the Minnesota United Acts of Kindness Week.
  • Laundry Love spreads the message of hope as they fund loads of laundry at a local laundromat every month.
  • Students from Maplewood Academy spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day serving others.
  • Last year on May 1, Allina Emergency personnel and the Hutchinson Police Department enjoyed treats provided by some grateful Hutchinson residents to thank them for their services.
  • Hutchinson Rotary members collect crutches for people in Africa and offer professional services in Guatemala and Kenya.
  • Volunteers have mobilized to help communities affected by recent flooding.

There are countless other examples of local heroes making the world a better place.

Acts such as saying thank you, holding a door, shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, supporting a friend and calling a family member may be simple, but they also matter and are often duplicated. Not to be forgotten, kindness includes being kind to yourself. Research also proves that showing kindness to others is just as rewarding as receiving it from someone else.

Hutchinson’s annual Kindness Celebration Day is May 1.


It’s a day to focus on doing things for others and practicing kindness. Take this day to volunteer, listen to understand and be intentional about brightening someone’s day. You don’t need to sacrifice your beliefs to be kind. Perhaps try to see the world from a different perspective. If we are kind and polite, it may be possible for the world to be right. You have the capacity to be someone’s hero and the world needs you and your smile.


Connect to the event on Facebook and share your acts of kindness with others.

The best opportunity we have to change lives is to spread more kindness in our corner of the world. Do it May 1 and every day. Pay it forward, make a difference and our entire community will benefit.

Find more information about how to champion kindness here.