Piedmont Community Outreach

Piedmont airlines (a division of American Airlines) has been busy spreading kindness! One of the goals of their Diversity and Inclusion division is to develop and grow employee resource groups that align with American Airlines strategy and their practices. On February 19th, three of their new employee resource groups (Latin Diversity Network, Military, and Black Professionals Network) made the first community outreach and kindness event a reality. Over forty homeless individuals enjoyed some items donated by each group at the local Emergency Community Shelter in Salisbury, MD (home of their headquarters). AMAZING!!!

Kindness through literature

The BEST things in life are FREE!

When you’ve outgrown some of your books, join The Personal Wellness Center in an act of kindness and donate them. The Personal Wellness Center will be collecting used books and distributing them to young children or adolescents in need. When they are done with the books, they will donate them again to pass on the kindness. What a beautiful event!

Books can be dropped off at The Personal Wellness Center, 6508 Deer Pointe Drive, Suite 4C, Salisbury, Maryland 21804, Monday-Thursday: 8am-7pm, Friday: 8am-5pm or Saturday: 8am-2pm. For more information regarding The Personal Wellness Center, click here.

R.A.K. Week 2/17 – 2/22

Heather Lankford and her son, Maklin teamed up with Angello’s Scoops of Salisbury to spread some kindness by offering KINDNESS BALLOONS to the first 15 people who purchase ice cream. Who doesn’t love ice cream and balloons? Swing by Angello’s Scoops at 100 E. Main St. in Salisbury, MD for a sweet treat and a pick me up today! Maklin, age 5, donated all of the balloons that he’s been collecting for this amazing act of kindness. How beautiful!!!

Emmanuel Wesleyan Church ladies ministry was busy spreading love at the Laundromat during Random Acts of Kindness week. They helped fold laundry and give out quarters for laundry. What a blessing!

The Salisbury Jaycees believe in the importance of kindness in our community! They are challenging YOU to do the same! When you pay kindness forward snap a pic! Share a story! And most important tag them! #sbyjcrak  and #kindSBY We would love to hear about what you did to make our community even better!

Today, a staff member of Housing First, walked down to Olde Towne Cafe to pick up a breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee.

In return, she was handed these gifts cards, from Vicente, for their homeless clients who are hungry. He gave them at his own expense, which was so generous!

Stop by Olde Towne Cafe today. They are a small business that supports this community in a big way!

Kindness is all around today at Salisbury Middle School!!! Staff and students wore kindness shirts and hoodies (along with green and yellow) to sprinkle kindness around like confetti. Kindness club members were also helping with their canned food drive. Please spread kindness to our community by sending in non-perishable goods, now through Wednesday, the 26th!

Salisbury Jaycees President & Kindness Commissioners, D’Shawn Doughty, Olde Towne Cafe Owner, Vincente Leonardo Hernandez, and Kindness Commissioner, Martin Hutchinson enjoyed visiting with Girl Scout Troop 383 🍪 this evening! They were spreading kindness and discussing ending bullying in our schools! 🌻❤️

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The ripple continues…

The kindness continues at Olde Towne Cafe!!!! Gillis Gilkerson is keeping the ripple going…on February 21st, they bought breakfast for the George & Lynch, Inc. workers and for our friends downtown Green Street Housing, LLC and ApartmentSmart.com. This is amazing!!!

Then, Olde Towne Cafe received a random CashApp to buy lunch for the next person who walked in. Turns out the next person was a group of Firefighters!!!

We’re excited to see how long this continues!!!!!! 🤭

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R.A.K day

Kindness Commissioner, Heather Brooks and her daughter, Savanna Brooks, took some time on Random Acts of Kindness day to spread some kindness at PRMC to some of the nurses stations, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors, to some of the staff and to guests at the Outpatient entrance. They surprised them with Flowers, popcorn, candy and kindSBY cards. Kindness in action!
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Kindness in our Wicomico County Schools, 2019-2020

James M. Bennett High School highlighted kindness throughout their Clippers Choose Love week, that took place 2/10 – 2/14/20, by having an event where students could get advice on academics and more, encouraging students to tell someone if they loved them, creating cards for freshman students, taking a positive message from their post-it wall and passing it on and signing a banner to pledge that they would do an act of kindness.

At Wicomico Middle School, Mrs. Torres’ students tied in Kindness activities to their theme of overcoming obstacles. The class started by discussing Cyber-bullying and how they can spread kindness to prevent this and other types of bullying. The students created a Kindness Station/Kindness Box and a Kindness Board.

Also, at Wicomico Middle School…their Social Worker, Mrs. Chaffee, worked with students to create kindness heart messages for EVERY student and staff member in the building. That’s over 1,000 kindness messages!!! WOW!

Salisbury Middle recently launched their 1st Kindness Club and is off and running…The students invited Mayor Jake Day to speak at one of their meetings about kindness. At the meeting they made kindness clips and presented their kindness puzzle. Some of the activities they’ve been doing this year are: a Holiday Kindness Cart for staff, that was filled with treats and hot beverages and they created a “Kindness gives us eagle wings” mural filled with every staff and student name where students can have their photo taken.

Pemberton Elementary officially started their 1st Kindness club! At their meeting held on 2/11/20, students made Kindness Notes with random encouraging messages for staff. The notes were placed in staff mailboxes by the club members. Notes contained encouraging messages such as “you are special”, “thank you”, and “you are appreciated”.

Pittsville Elementary & Middle School Kindness Club students delivered hearts with treats to every teacher and support staff on January 23, 2020. Way to go Pittsville Kindness club on being an example of kindness in our community and to you peers.

Pittsville Elementary and Middle School Kindness Club bagged 140 pairs of socks for Socks for Seniors to deliver to Anchorage Nursing Home on December 19th.

A few members of the Kindness Club from Pittsville Elementary and Middle School, along with Erica Jackson, of the Wicomico Board of Education who works with our students and families who stay at the shelters, delivered 37 Blessing Bags to the Christian Shelter on November 26th, 2019. The additional bags were taken to Halo by Ms. Jackson. The staff at both shelters were so happy to receive these blessings for their residents!

On, November 26th, 2019, Pittsville Elementary School 5th graders went on their “Making a Difference” field trip, visiting HALO, residents of Atria, and the Humane Society.

Some James M. Bennett students celebrated World Kindness Day by writing notes to staff members thanking them for the kindness they have given. Remember, one kind word can change someone’s day!

Beaver Run Elementary school created a kindness banner for students to stand in!

Glen Avenue Elementary School celebrated World Kindness Day on November 13th by creating a wall poster for students to take pictures in.

Choices Academy celebrated Unity Day by taking a stand for kindness, inclusion and acceptance!

Back in September, Wicomico High School’s Guidance Department had a kindness week geared toward easing social isolation and promoting kindness and inclusion. They also held a World Kindness dance in November 2019.

The Pittsville Elementary and Middle School Kindness club worked on their 2nd initiative…creating a card for each student to promote Unity day, October 23rd, as a day to stand for kindness, acceptance and inclusion! Pittsville Students wore orange to show their support for Unity, created footprints of change and signed a banner to promote kindness!

Wicomico High School participated in #startwithhello week. They had a week of different activities for students and staff to promote kindness. On their fourth day they did “no one eats alone.” Students made sure no one ate alone at lunch and staff had conversation cards on the tables they could discuss. Staff and administrators even came to participate! Amazing how little acts of kindness can help a student struggling with depression and anxiety!

Parkside High School‘s art classes created kindness boards for Kindness/Anti-Bullying Month. The boards will be on display at this years Dance For Kindness event taking place at the Riverwalk Ampitheater in Salisbury on November 10th, 2019.

Pittsville Elementary and Middle School‘s Kindness club created a”Be the ‘I’ in Kind” wall mural where students are able to take the pledge and show their commitment to showing kindness towards others.

Kindness is BLOOMING in SBY!

One of our amazing downtown businesses, Olde Towne Cafe, planted a seed of kindness in our community by offering a Buy one, give one sandwich promotion on January 31, 2020 for the Construction workers that are working so hard to complete the downtown plaza. As a result of planting that seed, many customers decided to pay it forward by purchasing a breakfast sandwich during the special promotion period. Kindness is truly blooming in SBY…customers helped pay it forward to 65 construction workers!! On average, there are 16 workers that work on the plaza daily. Altogether, the community covered almost an entire week of breakfast for the workers. Olde Towne Cafe was quoted as saying: “We’re privileged to be a part of a community who cares so much. We saw a lot of faithful faces and brand new faces! Thank you seriously so much! We look forward to blessing more people with you in the future!” Way to go Olde Towne Cafe for inspiring our community to be kindness in action.