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Kindness arrives in random acts
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February 15, 2013 - 2:53pm

The world is going to be taken over by kindness on March 10, and your best chance for survival is to join in.

The organization behind this takeover, a non-profit charity called Random Acts, is hosting an event called the Annual Melee of Kindness (AMOK) in which participants are encouraged to spend the day doing random acts of kindness for people in their community.

Actor Misha Collins founded the charity in 2009 in order to “obtain U.S. government stimulus money (funding to aid endeavors to stop an economic recession) for non-profit initiatives,” according to therandomact.org.

Random Acts has since moved from obtaining government funds to changing the world by one random act of kindness at a time. They host two yearly events to get people involved: Endure4Kindness, which is a 24-hour marathon to raise money for the charity through pledges which happen in the fall, and AMOK, which happens in the spring.

Last year was the first year that the world was invited to run AMOK, and 393 people in 19 countries joined in. Altogether, they have committed 122 random acts of kindness.

If you’re interested in being an AMOKaneer, there are two things you need to do. First, you must sign up on the Random Act’s website (therandomact.org/events/amok). Second, you must plan your act.

These random acts of kindness can range from holding the door open for someone to cooking dinner for everyone on your street. The whole point is to make someone’s day a little brighter.

The social media coordinator for Random Acts, Andrea Ramnares, said via e-mail, “What we’d love to see would be random acts of kindness performed that have a community impact and truly helps someone in need.”

Thinking up ideas about how to potentially change someone’s outlook on life can be challenging; you may not have a lot of money, or you may think that your idea is silly and it won’t make a difference.

But it doesn’t have to be stressful. “Nursing homes especially welcome visitors for some of their lonely guests,” Ramnares said.

“You can really brighten someone’s day by spending your time to give them some attention and kindness,” she continued.

If you’re shy or want to do something for people around campus, Krystal Johnston, a Northwest University student, had the idea to “pass around a laminated card, or several, that say something like ‘You’re beautiful’ or ‘awesome’, then under the statement have ‘Pass it on’. It’s an easy way to spread the cheer,” she said.

“This is the time for you to go outside your comfort zone and have a really great experience doing so, while being safe and sane doing so,” said Michelle Virdee, a person who ran AMOK last year, in an interview through Random Acts’ forums.

Virdee chose acts that she could involve her children in. She handed out homemade soaps and bath salts, as well as making treats and toys for the animals at the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

If you have an idea that you don’t think you can afford to do by yourself, you can apply for funding through Random Acts. The information can be found through their website under Get Involved and then Random Acts of Kindness.

Even if you don’t want to officially run AMOK on March 10, the world can always use random acts of kindness and it doesn’t have to be limited to one day a year.

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