Back in November of 2013, in an attempt to remind everyone of the true meaning behind the holidays, Sara Kuhn of Brockport created a Facebook event named Random Acts of Kindness Friday.
“Even though many of us do acts of kindness every day, why not dedicate a day where we have as much ‘kindness giving’ on this Friday as we do ‘deal getting’ on Black Friday,” Ms. Kuhn said.
Sara’s sister, Megan Barnes, shared this Facebook event with her co-workers at the Seaway Valley Prevention Council and we all accepted with plans to follow through.
The Seaway Valley Prevention Council, a team committed to providing high-quality prevention services to school districts, communities, businesses and colleges, also has a Special Projects Committee that plans special events for the council and often times random acts of kindness during the holidays. This year, the council decided on making a new sign for Cindy’s Cake Shop in Canton and present it to her in the summer as our Random Act of Kindness Friday deed.
Megan Barnes, a prevention educator, also the council’s talented artist, presented her design to the Canton Town Planning Board: Mike Morgan – Chair, Debra Backus, Sigi Barr, Joel Howie and Don Tracy, who graciously waived the application fee for the Council in donation to our random act of kindness and approved the new sign design.
Upon approval, Coakley’s in Canton graciously donated all the paint necessary for the sign. Triple A was also a huge help, especially Robert Ashley and Shawn Lashua of the Canton Triple A, and Mike Pollock of the Massena Triple A. Their combined effort helped coordinate the easiest way for the Council to get the lumber they generously donated. Don Tracy and Sean Owney also took time out of their day to come and help install the sign at Cindy’s Cake Shop. A huge thank you to all, as this project would not have been completed without your amazingly kind donations!
On July 25, the Council finished the sign and went to Cindy’s Cake Shop to present Cindy with the sign. Cindy was very appreciative of the new sign. “That sign (the old sign) was made in 1998,” she said.
Make sure you take a gander at the new sign when you stop in to get your party supplies, cakes and cookies.