Each month the Eagle Rock Random Acts of Kindness Club meets to talk about kindness and how to continue to spread kindness throughout our community. For the February meeting, the students made Valentines for the residents of Acres of Diamonds. In the past, heartfelt cards have been made for numerous community members including a local mom who had lost her home and was going through a very difficult divorce. The students made cards for a local business owner who faced her first Christmas without her daughter, who had recently died. They also made cards for Kevin, who purchased the beautiful clock that adorns downtown Duvall, as a gift to the community and for Helen, the amazing local woman who is lovingly known as the Trash Lady of Duvall, who has spent over a thousand hours cleaning up trash in and around Duvall, including the treacherous Novelty Hill Road. The RAK students also made cards for members of the military via Operation Gratitude.
Each time the students make cards, the Random Acts of Kindness Advisors read them and continue to be overwhelmed with the love and kindness that are poured into their cards. The most amazing thing about the cards is the affect they have on the recipients. The range of emotions include pure joy, total disbelief that someone — a lot of someones actually — took the time to show they care. Most of all, there are usually tears of gratitude.
Kindness happens throughout the year in our valley, especially in the RAK Clubs in the Riverview School District. The longest standing and most active club is the Cedarcrest High School RAK Club, under the amazing leadership of Peggy Filer. Because of the Cedarcrest RAK Club, a local resident was inspired to start Duvall Random Acts of Kindness Week. That local resident was me. Nine years ago, Duvall Random Acts of Kindness Week was designated as a week to spread kindness locally. This is a week where a collective effort is made to spread kindness, in and around Duvall. Duvall Random Acts of Kindness Week was started as a way to show support to local businesses, after a devastating wind storm, which led to an extended power outage. The power outage had a tremendous, negative financial impact on the business community.
Since then, numerous Random Acts of Kindness Clubs have started, throughout the United States and in China, through contacting the Duvall Random Acts Kindness website, www.rakduvall.com. One of the newest local clubs was started at Carnation Elementary by a former Eagle Rock student named Maya. I had the honor of attending their first meeting with my kindness puppet, Froggy.
There is a National Random Acts of Kindness Week the second week of February; however, the first week of March is our very own, local Random Acts of Kindness Week. Even though Duvall started the local RAK Week, it can be easily adopted in any community. Duvall invites our surrounding communities to participate with us to help spread kindness throughout the valley.
There will be a lot going on during Duvall Random Acts of Kindness Week. The following is a daily list of suggestions and/or planned activities:
Manners Monday: Make an effort to say please and thank you. Give thank you notes to those you appreciate: a teacher, a business owner, a bus driver, your doctor, veterans, a police officer or a firefighter.
Give from the Heart Tuesday: Leave little heart notes that say you are loved, smile or here’s a hug on a car window, in a library book or with a tip at a restaurant or when you order coffee. There will also be a blood drive taking place at the Duvall Fire Department from 1:30 – 4. You can schedule an appointment at schedule.psbc.org and use sponsor code 2357. Bloodworks NW will have a van at the Fire Station. If you don’t pre-book an appointment, you can still stop by the van and donate blood on March 3.
Wanna Give Wednesday: Drop off donations of canned goods at Hopelink in Carnation or at the drop off location in front of Country Collections in Duvall. Or donate to a local charity. You can also donate items at Twice Blessed Consignment in Duvall and designate them for Acres of Diamonds or Hopelink.
Thankful Thursday: Take time to thank special people in your life by writing and/or mailing a handwritten note. This could include your parents, your kids, your grandparents, teachers, your pastor, etc. Thank your local business owners by shopping at their stores or thank restaurant owners by dining out in Duvall!
Happy Honking Friday: As you drive through Duvall, honk your horn to show your support to local businesses and honk for kindness! Join the kindness warriors from 2 – 5 on March 6 in downtown Duvall to smile and wave at honking commuters. (Just look for the bright yellow signs and balloons!) All ages are welcome!
Sparkling Saturday: Pick up litter in your neighborhood, in a park or on a walking trail.
Silent Sunday: Turn off your devices, look up and enjoy time together with your friends and family. Make dinner together or dine out locally. Play some games or put a puzzle together. Spend some quality “face time” looking at each other instead of looking at a screen!