UNM to Host Random Acts of Kindness Events Feb. 1-18
January 30, 2017 - Dorene DiNaro
For the eighth year, the Division of Student Affairs is partnering with the UNM BeKind Committee which includes members of UNM staff, students and the community to celebrate and promote random acts of kindness Feb. 1-18. New this year is Kindness Carnival with games and goodies to be held on Monday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UNM Student Union Building.
In addition to the carnival, several of the past events are still planned and goodies are still available including Be Kind. Be Courteous. Get Home Safe. car magnets, BeKind UNM buttons, candy, and an opportunity to create a Valentine for a veteran or hospital patient.
This year, as in years past we are also partnering with Nusenda Credit Union and UNM campus departments to host a teddy bear drive which runs from Feb. 1-17 to benefit the Albuquerque Police Department. “The teddy bear drive is a great way to give back to the community through kindness,” says Dr. Kim Kloeppel. “The bears will be kept in APD patrol cars to be given to children in traumatic situations to help ease some of the stress.”
Additionally, both Satellite Coffee and Nusenda Credit Union locations in the UNM Student Union Building will be hosting a Fill It Forward event where students can receive a free cup of coffee and help fill a donation jar to benefit the UNM Lobo Food Pantry. A social media challenge will also take place.
More information on all of these initiatives, including a link for kindness story submissions, thank you notes, and simple ideas for small acts of kindness that can make a big impact in another’s life can all be found here or by calling UNM Student Affairs at 505-277-0952.