UNM Encourages Kindness, Gets Big Results
February 29, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro
The UNM Kindness Committee in conjunction with the UNM Division of Student Affairs, Nusenda Credit Union, Satellite Coffee, Chartwells, and several other UNM departments and programs, reaped the rewards of immeasurable generosity during its 2016 Be Kind UNM celebration.
Beginning with the kickoff celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 3, complete with free donuts and coffee with Lobo Lucy, and ending with the teddy bear collection at the Lobo Men’s Basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 17—students, staff and the UNM community donated their time, smiles, artistic talents, charity, and much more!
Just like the last 15 years, the celebration included several old favorites such as
Be Kind UNM pins, the Pit of Kindness, and the Valentine Card Creation Station, and some new initiatives such as the Be Kind. Be Courteous. Get Home Safe. car magnet road rage prevention initiative, Fill it Forward, Kindness Walk, Brain Break Bar, and social media Kindness Challenge.
By the end of Wednesday, Feb. 17, the following great things had happened:
- 2,700 Be Kind. Be Courteous. Get Home Safe. road rage prevention car magnets were given out
- Over 700 valentines and thank you cards were created and delivered to children and veterans at the UNM Children’s and Veteran’s hospitals
- $322 was donated for the UNM Lobo Food Pantry through the Fill It Forward initiative
- Close to 300 teddy bears were donated to benefit children through the UNM Children’s Hospital and the Albuquerque Police Department initiatives (special thank you to a group of engineering students known as “Peapaw Plush” who handmade and donated one of a kind stuffed animals)
- 90 people took the social media Kindness Challenge and publicly pledged to do at least one kind act
Dr. Kim Kloeppel, UNM Student Affairs Chief Operations Officer, and chair of the UNM Kindness Committee, believes that it’s important for people to be kind to one another each and every day—not just during Random Acts of Kindness week—however, she describes the celebration as a good jumpstart to kindness that can be carried forward for the rest of the year.
“There is always time for kindness,” Kloeppel says. “The benefits of being kind are many—kindness promotes safety, makes you healthier and best of all, it’s free!”