Sunday is Random Acts of Kindness Day, the final day of Random Acts of Kindness Week.
It's OK if you weren't aware of this. I wasn't either until very recently, and I must admit I've performed virtually no random acts of kindness this week.
The good news is that it's not too late to head out and perform a random, selfless act.
In honor of this day, Patch will take some time to recognize people who have given back. Here are some stories we'd like to highlight about people donating their time, their money or their talents to help others.
When the freezer at the Christian Assistance Food Pantry broke down, the pantry lost a lot of good chicken and other meat, and had no way of offering such items to needy families. We put a call out on Patch, and an anonymous donor came through with the purchase of a brand-new freezer.
Arundel Students Follow Through on Promise to Kenya
Aashi Parikh and Jordan Luber have been working for nearly two years on raising money for an education resource center in a Kenyan village. They also hope to start a book club. They are close to reaching their goal and have organized a Quidditch tournament to raise the final round of funds.
High Schoolers Raise Thousands for Special Olympics
South River and Arundel High Schools have historically been hugely successful in raising money for the Special Olympics Maryland through the annual Polar Plunge and Frigid Friday event. Even though weather prevented students from jumping into icy waters this year, they raised thousands of dollars once again.
SOTI's Backpack Drive a Huge Success Again
It's almost legendary. Each year at Christmas, students at the School of the Incarnation work with Giving Back/Linda's Legacy to raise tens of thousands of dollars for backpacks containing socks, hats, gloves and other essentials. The backpacks are donated to homeless people living in the Baltimore area, and many students even take part in the distribution.
For more stories about people performing acts of kindness, check out out "Giving Back" topics page.
Also, be sure to take advantage of our announcements page for information on volunteer opportunities.