It’s National Random Acts of Kindness Week, and participants hope that people will do something nice just for the sake of brightening someone’s day.
“We are doing an event by writing thank-you cards and decorating cookies for police officers and firefighters who serve us every day,” said Rabbi Ariel Fishman, of the Judaic Heritage Center.
It’s called Serving Those Who Serve, and it is part of the Kindness Initiative. The hope is that people will write a message, sign a card and decorate a cookie. They’ll be delivered to Baltimore police officers and firefighters, as well as UMB campus officers.
“Kindness doesn’t take a long time. It’s going to take them 5 minutes to make a cookie, but the impact that 5 minutes is going to have on someone in our community, one of our officers, they will be thinking about it a lot longer than 5 minutes,” said Michelle Pearce, who works at UMB.
Organizers are hoping other people will take 5 minutes on Friday to be part of it.
“Kindness unites us. At the end of the day, that’s all that really matters, that we’re kind to each other,” Pearce said.
While the kindness comes in the shape of a cookie, the Judaic Heritage Center and UMB have done this before.
“We made teddy bears for sick children in local hospitals. We wrote thank you cards, and people really appreciated it. It went a long way to make smiles for the kids around the holidays,” Fishman said.
The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the SMC Campus Center.
By Megan Pringle