Good Neighbor’s challenge to bring kindness to Buffalo

Last year I took part in a unique challenge in Western New York. It’s called the “Good Neighbor” challenge and it’s put on by Buffalo’s Good Neighbors founder, Amanda Wieczorek.

“If you’ve ever had a stranger pay for your coffee in the drive-thru, or leave a chocolate bar at your office desk, you’d know how great it is to be the recipient of a random act of kindness. Being on the other end of that feels even better, and absolutely anyone can do it. This type of thing inspires children and shapes the way they see kindness. This is an opportunity for parents to lead the way. As the city of good neighbors, this initiative is a fun way to be good to one another and spread a little kindness,” she said.

So what do you have to do to join in on the challenge and spread some goodness in Western New York? Private message the Buffalo’s Good Neighbors’ Facebook page and ask for a Good Neighbor card. Include your mailing address and the card will be mailed to you. Once you receive the card, think of a random act of kindness that you would like to do. Once you’ve done the good deed, leave the card with the person who was the recipient so they can pass on the kindness, too. After reading the card, the recipient will know exactly what to do. But if you have questions, you can feel free to ask BGN administrators for help on the Facebook page.

“This is just a fun and easy project which only requires your involvement,” said Wieczorek. “Who’s in?”

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PS – Here’s what my good deed was last year. I went to the bank and noticed the teller was having a stressful day so I bought her a gift certificate at the nail salon nearby and left it with another employee to give to her. I don’t know if it made her day, but it sure made mine to do it for her! 

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