By Carina Sorrentino
In the midst of midterms and winter weather, the Student Volunteer Committee (SVC) and the Kenney Community Center have teamed up to spread some cheer around the Union campus by celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Starting Monday, Feb. 11 and ending Friday, Feb. 15, there will be a series of giveaways and uplifting surprises around Reamer Campus Center.
This year’s festivities include a campus-wide raffle—last week, all Union students were given raffle slips in their mailboxes.
The raffle gives students the opportunity to win prizes donated from businesses around the community.
Random Act of Kindness Week is a national event that was brought to Union last year; after last year’s success the Kenney Center has decided to make the events annual.
Program coordinator Janet Sweeney says the goal is to “spread some good vibes in the world when we are often hearing about bad things going on.”
Involved in both the Kenney Center and SVC, Suraiyah Abdul-Wahab ‘13 described how positive the events were last year. There was a flash mob that included faculty and students, even reaching President Stephen Ainlay, which came together to spontaneously promote smiles for those passing through Reamer.
While walking around campus this week, students can enjoy little pick-me-ups, such as a hot cocoa table outside of Reamer, or decorating a thank-you card to show appreciation to their peers. This series of events resonated positively among the Union community.
Julia Hotz ‘15 said, “This is a good thing to brighten up our days here, it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Lacey Reimer ‘15 added, “I think it’s a great idea, who doesn’t love random acts of kindness?” Between the stress of tests and balancing obligations, this is a week to take a quick breather, do a good deed and smile, knowing that you are making someone’s day a little bit brighter by passing on the kindness that we so often forget to embrace.