As of today, we have received 95 Kindness Kards back, which mean 95 acts of kindness have been performed that may not have been before our cards went out!!
~73 cards have been sent back to the Kindness Kards Class in Sherwood
~11 of those are from our Peach's Neet Feet friends/fighters
~22 cards have been sent to our friends at Scholls Heights Elementary
~We have 12 states represented and over 34 cities!
Things have slowed down a bit, but we're hoping for a big influx before the school year is over!
_My name is Alyssa Gaibler and I am in Kindergarten at Bonny Slope Elementary School. After reading your kindness cards I decided to write a thank you letter to one of my favorite businesses, Donuts Plus, a donut shop in Portland. I chose that store because I really like donuts. My favorite donut is the kind with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. My Daddy and Beach Grandpa (we call him that because he lives at the beach) have been going to Donuts Plus since I was a baby. My Beach Grandpa REALLY loves donuts and buys some every time he comes to visit. The Donut Lady always asks us how Beach Grandpa is doing whenever we visit her shop without him. Last time Beach Grandpa went in to buy donuts she showed him the letter I wrote to her. She had it taped up on the wall! The Donut Lady is always happy to see us and she even gives us free donut holes. She also has the same birthday as Noah, my three year old brother.
Your Friend, Alyssa
PS – We don’t know the Donut Lady’s real name, so we just call her the Donut Lady.
Here are some of the sweet comments we've received on our Facebook page:
~This is the most beautiful heart-warming project, that made my day!
~My name is Addison. I am 3 years old. I was born 3 months premature. on 1-2-12 I found out that i have Acute lymphoblastic leukemia..Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells characterized by excess lymphoblasts. i have a big map. my brother is ten . he is showing me all the places your cards are going. thank you for letting us follow you another kindness your cards do- lets me and my brother share together.
~ Thanks for teaching our kids about random acts of kindness! Kindness Kards ROCK!
~What an amazingly beautiful, heartfelt idea. ♥♥♥
~I think this is awesome.
After we started our Kindness Kards, a lot of people have asked how they can get the cards of if they can make some cards. The answer is YES, of course! The goal is to spread kindness! If you want to get the templates the Kindness Kards Class used, just contact me.
My friend teaches third grade at Scholls Heights Elementary in Beaverton and she wanted her class to participate. I was lucky enough to be able to visit the class to talk about Kindness Kards. They had already started making their cards and I was able to show them some of the cards we had received back. My class also sent along some advice for making cards and what to expect. The class was really excited and as of today, they have received 22 cards back, with three states represented.
Some highlights for them were a man who adopted some kittens because of his card and a man who wrote that he resembles Dumbledore from Harry Potter! They are also trying to put their cards in order to see who left it where and who picked it up! What a fun idea!
_Click here to read the blog post I wrote for Peach's Neet Feet about our adventure together and how the cards began...
_Today we just sent off 32 sets of Kindness Kards to Peach's Neet Feet! They will be included in the custom made shoes for Peach's Neet Feet's "fighters" during the month of February (Random Acts of Kindness Month). We were so honored that Peach's Neet Feet asked us to be a part of Random Acts of Kindness Week with them. (to find out more about PNF, go to www.peachsneetfeet.blogspot.com)
The kids were really excited about teaming up with Peach's Neet Feet. They love the shoes they create and they are so excited to see where their cards will end up!
I asked the kids some questions about our Kindness Kards project...here were some heartwarming words from the mouths of 8 and 9 year olds...
♥ I feel really good that one little thing can make someone really happy
♥ I hope we can make the world a more caring place
♥ This project really inspires me and our class is ready to spread kindness
♥ This project has made me aware of doing kind things because it will pop into my mind at times and make me feel like doing kind things
And my favorite...
♥ I think this is a great thing to do because a little kindness can become a lot of kindness
I came up with the idea of making "Kindness Kards" last fall when planning out the different "heart work" activities my class would do for the year. I try to have them participate in three or four service learning projects in the classroom along with the school-wide projects. This fall we started by helping run the "With Love, From Michael" stuffed animal drive and the "Chelsea's Closet" costume drive at our school. We also made Get Well cards for the kids who receive the animals and costumes. I really wanted to come up with something that would teach the kids about "paying it forward." Third graders in general are very sweet, kind kids who are empathetic and like to help out. I thought they were the perfect age for a project like this. After brainstorming several different ideas, I came up with Kindness Kards. I knew it would mean more to the kids if they could see where their cards ended up, so I added postcards to the back, and made a facebook page. The kids were really excited about the project, but we didn't know if it would work.
Within a week of sending the boxes home with the kids (with the cards they made inside) we already were getting cards back! That has been their favorite part! And the cards keep coming! It's been such a joy to watch their faces as I share the cards that we get back. They've been really surprised to see how far some of the cards have traveled and some of the fun places they have been left.
I decided it was time for a website so I could chronicle all the fun places our cards have landed. We hope people will share in our excitement and become aware of paying it forward with an act of kindness!
I am the teacher of the kids in the "Kindness Kards" class. I came up with the Kindness Kards idea so my students could learn about paying it forward with an act of kindness. Our class motto is, "Be Wise, Be Kind, Be True" and I feel it's so important for my students to learn about helping others. We call it "heart work." They have loved this project and we look forward to hearing who received our cards!