Take the 2016 BeKind UNM Holiday Challenge with #ABQKindness

November 1, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro

Take the 2016 BeKind UNM Holiday Challenge with #ABQKindness

ABQKindness app logo“You are never too old or too young to implement kindness into everyday life,” says Albuquerque Mayor, Richard J. Berry, who recently launched the new #ABQKindness initiative and app as a way to encourage kindness throughout our city. His goal is to reach 1 million acts of kindness. 

 The app promotes, tracks, and celebrates acts of kindness across Albuquerque, and is available on both Apple and Android platforms. Users can be as simple or detailed as they want when using the app to log their acts of kindness.

 “It’s so easy to use,” says Dr. Kim Kloeppel, chair of the BeKind UNM team. “The app provides an easy way to not only track all the kind acts that are happening in our city, but is also a great way to showcase those acts and encourage others to do the same.”

 The BeKind UNM team, along with members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), and several other organizations have partnered with the Mayor to serve as “kindness ambassadors” and help our city reach its 1 million acts of kindness goal. 

 To that end, the BeKind UNM team has initiated the 2016 BeKind UNM Holiday Challenge on the #ABQKindness app to benefit Los Ojos de la Familia (LODLF).  

 To contribute to this challenge, participants are asked to: 1) make a toy donation at one of the following locations anytime from Nov. 7-Dec. 7:

  • UNM Career Services (UAEC 2nd Floor)
  • UNM Student Affairs, Scholes Hall Room 229
  • UNM Children’s Campus (1210 University NE)
  • UNM Recreational Services (Johnson Center),

or donate time or money through the LODLF website or via (505)362-6073;  2) download the #ABQkindness app on their phone; and 3) submit their act using the 2016 BeKind UNM Holiday Challenge option on their entry

 LODLF is a grassroots movement, committed to making a difference in the New Mexico community by providing educational development and quality of life assistance.  For the past seven years, this organization has been providing food and toys during the holiday season to families in need.  This year, they have increased the number of families served to 300. 

 For more information on this initiative, please visit the ABQKindness facebook page.  To learn more about BeKind UNM, please visit our website or facebook page.

BeKind UNM Pays it Forward to APD

Members of the BeKind UNM committee will deliver teddy bears and other toys to Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden and area commanders on Friday, March 25 at 9 a.m. in front of the police station on 4th and Marquette.

The teddy bears and other toys were collected during the BeKind UNM celebration, which was held on The University of New Mexico campus at the beginning of February.  All tolled, over 300 bears and other toys were donated to benefit both APD and the UNM Children’s Hospital. 

Several police commanders will also be on hand at the meeting to fill up their cars with the teddy bears before they leave for their respective areas of the city.  The bears will be kept in APD patrol cars to be given to children in traumatic situations to help ease some of the stress.

  “The teddy bear drive is a great way to give back to the community through kindness,” says Dr. Kim Kloeppel, chief operations officer, UNM Division of Student Affairs, and BeKind UNM committee chair.  “We are hoping that these bears will help spread kindness throughout our city and serve as a reminder of how easy it is to be kind to one another.”

The UNM Division of Student Affairs in conjunction with several UNM departments, Albuquerque businesses, and community groups sponsors the UNM BeKind celebration and other kindness initiatives.  For more information please visit the BeKindUNM webpage or call 505-277-0952.