The Kindness Patrol is a yearly event designed to encourage kids to deliver random acts of kindness to members of the community.
Whether handing out a pretty flower, visiting seniors at a home, organizing garbage duty at local beaches or simply giving a passerby a huge smile, even the smallest gestures can have a huge positive impact on the giver and the recipient.
And who better to lead that charge of goodness for goodness’ sake than kids?!
The most recent Kindness Patrol took place on May 27th, 2018 at Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. We met at Second Beach and swarmed the area with kindness to surprised and grateful pedestrians, bicyclists and park-goers.
Couldn’t make it down to join us this year? No problem. The Kindness Patrol isn’t about being at a certain place at a certain time. We encourage everyone to join us this year by starting your own Kindness Patrol in your own neighborhood and community. We’ll help you!
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The Kindness Patrol is a community initiative started by the #TheDrFs, two Vancouver-based clinical psychologists whose work as therapists inspired them to spread more joy. The 2018 Patrol marks their fourth annual event.
Dr. Carla Fry and Dr. Lisa Ferrari are directors of the Vancouver Psychology Centre, avid proponents of positive psychology, and the authors of the book Gratitude and Kindness: A Modern Parents Guide to raising Children in an Era of Entitlement
“We began The Kindness Patrol because we really wanted youth to have an opportunity to live and feel the emotions underlying the giving of kindness and to see and feel the reaction of the recipients of the kind deeds. ‘Big-picture’ we’re looking to feed this next generation’s belief in the value of doing good, and we’re seeking to jump-start every generation’s belief in the power of kindness.”
With the Kindness Patrol, there’s no over-arching goal, no fundraising and no competition beyond inspiring joy and goodwill! #TheDrFs encourage everyone and anyone to get involved by launching a Kindness Patrol in their own backyard.
In 2016, we took to the streets and beaches of West Vancouver to spread the joy.
Patrol Kids put on a mini concert at a senior’s residence; delivered freshly-baked cookies to the first responders at the West Vancouver Police Department and West Vancouver Fire & Rescue; created some kindness graffiti (the washable kind!) on the sidewalks; delivered cat food to the rescued cats and kittens of the BC SPCA; and conducted a cleanup of Ambleside beach.
The result? A sea of smiles and goodwill that lasted well beyond the afternoon.
In our inaugural year 2015, our Kindness Patrol Kids created personalized handmade “Thank You” cards adorned with art, bling, and love. They gave them out to unsuspecting spreaders of good to reward them for their kindness.
This included recognizing those who opened doors for strangers, those doing charity work, and anyone who simply gave a happy smile to some they passed by.
The reactions – surprise, caution, pleasure and then joy – resulted in chain reactions: Those who were awarded by the Kindness Patrol Kids vowed to continue the Patrol and pay it forward.
Kindness Patrol 2018
Kindness Patrol 2017
Kindness Patrol 2015
Kindness Patrol 2016
We would like to thank our sponsors who have helped make our annual event possible.
We want to inspire everyone, everywhere to spread kindness in their communities.
This year, we are gave out flowers with inspirational notes attached to everyone we met. Here’s a ready-made note for you to download and print for your own Kindness Patrol.
Just print, cut, hole punch and attach to your flower stem (we like to use a kitchen twist-tie) or give the note out as is. Who doesn’t love to hear, or receive, a kind word?!
Feel free to pull out your markers and crayons and get creative. Give your notes your own special twist.
And don’t forget to share your kindness by posting your pics on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to tag us @clinicallyhappy #KindnessPatrol #weneedyourkind
If you are looking for other ideas for your own local Kindness Patrol or to deliver any kind action any day of the year, here are some additional kind-spiration ideas:
- Give flowers out to strangers
- Push crosswalk buttons for pedestrians and cyclists
- Bring dog/cat food to your neighbourhood animal shelter
- Bake cookies and give them away to friends
- Stage an impromptu concert or dance to entertain passersby
- Give a big smile to everyone you walk by
- Pick up litter in your neighbourhood
- Help people carry their groceries to their cars
- Write positive messages with chalk on the sidewalk
- Set up a lemonade stand and give away drinks for free
- Leave happy notes on car windshields
- Open doors for people at the store or mall
- Compliment everyone you see
- Pay someone’s parking meter, especially if you see it’s about to expire!
- Donate your used clothing or books
Post your evidence of giving or receiving kindness using the hashtag #weneedyourkind and we’ll share it with the world!
Happy #KindnessPatrol-ing from #TheDrFs and the whole Kindness Patrol Team!
If you'd like to join us to deliver your own Kindness Patrol in your school or community, please Talk To Us below.
Details are coming soon re: how your school or community group can deliver your own personalized Kindness Patrol on November 13, 2018 in your own back yard!