ROCHESTER, Minn. – This week, Nov. 6-10, is Minnesota Acts of Kindness Week.
The United Way of Olmsted County is partnering with Rochester’s C.A.K.E. the Caring Acts of Kindness Everywhere group to spread love and happiness. The goal is to see what impact these random acts of kindness can have in the community.
“It is proven that a random act of kindness will improve your health,” Jennifer Teske, the vice president of resource development for United Way of Olmsted County, said. “It'll improve our relationships across community and cultures and we just want everyone to be kind to each other and really gain the benefit of that as a community.”
Here’s a full schedule of the week:
Monday – “Coffee Care”
Tuesday – “Art on the Walk” People are encouraged to write kind things on the sidewalk with chalk.
Wednesday – “Lunch for Kids” You can donate money to go toward unpaid lunches for student in need in Rochester Public Schools.
Thursday – “Flowers & Hugs” This is happening in the Peace Plaza.
Friday – “The Kindness Tree” Kindness Trees are scattered throughout the community and people are encouraged to donate warm clothes to put on the tree for kids in need. Teske said they’re in most need of coats, hats, and mittens.
“Especially the young kids, the infants, preschoolers, little kids. They really need the outerwear the most, they're outside the most,” Teske said.
For more information, check out United Way of Olmsted County’s Facebook page.