From handing out free flowers to writing letters to loved ones, Saturday’s Leap of Kindness Day will be a day for businesses and non-profits to show appreciation to the community, said Nicole Davi, the member relations specialist with the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce.
Between 10 and 15 non-profits and businesses are taking part, David said. These non-profits, like Person to Person: Citizen Advocacy in Cortland, and businesses, like Arnold’s Florist in Homer, will do a small act of kindness for the community. This includes donating food to the Salvation Army and making cards for loved ones, Davi said.
Participants are also encouraged to show how they are participating by using the hashtag #LeapOfKindnessDay on social media, she said.
The Chamber of Commerce added the event this year, a leap year, after Debbie Thayer, the chamber’s director of events and marketing, discovered it while talking with members from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Davi said. Chambers of commerce in more than 40 states, Canada and Ireland are taking part, Davi said.
“For the first year we’re putting it on, people have been very receptive to it,” Davi said. “We’ve had nobody say, ‘no, we’re not doing it.’”
Arnold’s Florist in Homer will hand out free carnations to visitors, said owner Jean Quinn. “When you give someone a flower, they never frown,” she said.
Quinn, who acquired the store in September, said participating is a way of “doing something without expecting anything in return.”
Volunteers from Person to Person: Citizen Advocacy will help write letters with adults with developmental disabilities, said program coordinator Annmarie DiGiorgio. While the letters will be written today, she said that they should reach people by Saturday.
“It just makes people think about other people in the community that they may not think about on a day-to-day basis, which is always helpful,” she said.
Participating in Leap of Kindness Day are:
Person to Person Advocacy
Cortland Historical Society
Signature Dance Studio
The Summit Federal Credit Union
SOURCE: Cortland County Chamber of Commerce