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?!
This year’s Kindness Patrol will be taking place on May 28th, 2017 at Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC. We’ll be meeting at Second Beach from 11 am to 1 pm, where we’ll be giving out acts of kindness to unsuspecting pedestrians and park-goers.
Can’t make it down to join us? No problem. The Kindness Patrol isn’t about being at a certain place at a certain time. We encourage everyone to launch a Kindness Patrol in their own neighborhood and community.
Click here to learn how.
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 2017 Patrol marks their third 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 “Clinically Happy” blog.
“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! The #DrFs 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.
Kindness Patrol 2016
In our inaugural year, 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 2015
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 giving out flowers with inspirational notes attached to everyone we meet. 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 and #KindnessPatrol
If you are looking for other ideas for your own local Kindness Patrol this May 28th (or 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
Happy #KindnessPatrol-ing from the whole Kindness Patrol Team!
If you'd like to join us in the 2017 Kindness Patrol, please register here.Thank you to all who have registered for the 2017 Kindness Patrol. We have reached capacity for this year’s event but we strongly encourage you to start your own kindness patrol!
Registration is CLOSED!