Grande Prairie is being encouraged to do a little extra for someone else on Friday, November 3rd. It is Random Act of Kindness Day, which is led locally by the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. CEO Tracy Vavrek says that something extra can be little.
“I’m hoping that they’ll look at opportunities to maybe buy someone a coffee, maybe look at letting somebody’s vehicle in line at a stop sign, or maybe look at ways they can just help their neighbours get ready for the snow that’s coming right now.”
In the 2017 Vital Signs report released in October, one in five residents said they don’t feel connected to their community. Vavrek says it’s important they feel they belong, and kind gestures can help make connections.
“I don’t think our community’s done anything wrong or bad… I just think we’re really busy,” she argues. “Sometimes we just don’t stop to recognize others, so this is an amazing opportunity for each of us to stop, show a little bit extra… and inspire others.”
The Vital Signs survey also found that there’s a need for better food security, with food bank use on the rise. To help, the Community Foundation will be collecting healthy non-perishable food items, along with winter clothing and personal hygiene products, at Centre 2000 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
“Winter gear like toques and hats and mitts, because all of those items make a huge difference for people who are in need,” explains Vavrek, “and we still have many in our community who are looking for items that can help them be warm or to help fill their belly this winter.”
All donations will be sent to the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre. People involved in a Random Act of Kindness are encouraged to share it with the foundation by calling 780-538-2820 or on social media using #RAKDay and #KindnessNWAB.