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Cuties for Kindness

Have you ever had your coffee paid in the drive-thru by the person in front of you? Have you received a letter that told you to have a great day with some cute lollipops taped to the notes?

It all started on a Monday night, although my best friend Emily and I had been wanting to do this for awhile now. We wanted to do random acts of kindness anonymously. We go to a small college and wanted to put a smile on the faces of our peers and to hopefully make their day. The reason why we both wanted to do this is because we believe that everyone should have a good day. By doing small random acts of kindness around campus, we know we are making people happy in some sort of way.

Emily and I started to plan out our ideas of what we wanted to do. This week we are going to do trial runs for our acts of kindness. Last night we decided to put some money into a ziplock bag with a note saying "Treat yourself to a snack. -Cuties for Kindness." We taped the bag and note to a vending machine within our dorm building. We wanted to see the reactions of people that walked by to see who would take the ziplock bag when. We watched many people see the bag of money but not take it, buying food from the vending machine with their own money. There were two girls who saw and said that it was cute. Then finally someone came into the building and took the money, but it turned out to be Emily's roommate.

Emily and I talked about it and thought of other random acts of kindness we could do. We plan on doing small acts of kindness this week and then doing an entire week of ideas next and see how our college community reacts to what we are doing. Keeping in mind that we want to keep everything anonymous, we had to think of a name to sign off the cards and notes with. Emily came up with "Cuties for Kindness" and we both loved it.

What I want to see from Cuties for Kindness is making people happier and encouraging others to do random acts of kindness as well. If Cuties for Kindness becomes a big thing on campus, Emily and I would love to start an organization/club on campus where we do random acts of kindness for the campus and even the community to spread awareness of being kind. But in order for us to do that, we have to start small and then we can make it into something big. At the end of the day, Cuties for Kindness wants to have students and faculty on campus receive small random acts of kindness to make their day a better day. Out goal is to make people happy and to know that there are still people in the world who care.

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