MISS Foundation Inspires 3,100 RSVP’s for International Kindness Project Day on July 27, 2011: It's a Kindness Revolution!

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July 27th of every year is the MISS Foundation's International Kindness Project Day. So far, 3,100 people from around the world have already agreed to participate in this Kindness Revolution. RSVP for the event on Facebook or visit http://www.KindnessProjectDay.org to participate with us. Free Kindness Cards PDF templates, for DIY printing, posted online, in English and Spanish, from July 20 to July 27 to encourage people to commit acts of kindness all day on July 27th.

"To help one person is to help the world." Joanne Cacciatore

Imagine this: You go to the cafe counter and discover your coffee has already been paid for by someone else. Instead of a receipt, the clerk hands you a MISS Foundation Kindness Card saying, "This random act of kindness was done in memory of our beautiful child Peter." How will you pass the kindness forward? How does this simple Kindness Project act change your day?

July 27th of every year is the MISS Foundation's International Kindness Project Day. So far, 3,100 people from around the world have already agreed to participate in this Kindness Revolution. RSVP for the event on Facebook or visit http://www.KindnessProjectDay.org to participate with us. Free Kindness Cards PDF templates, for DIY printing, are posted online, in English and Spanish, from July 20 to July 27 to encourage people to commit acts of kindness all day on July 27th.

MISS Foundation founder, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, started the Kindness Project in 1996 as a way for families to cope with the tragedy of a child's death. Since then, more than one million kindnesses have been committed around the globe in memory of children and other loved ones, gone too soon.

One father anonymously pays for others’ meals in restaurants. A 14-year-old bereaved sibling does yard work anonymously for an elderly neighbor when she leaves for the day. One woman leaves flowers at random strangers’ doors in honor of her partner who died. A man who lost his wife in a car crash tells of how he leaves a $100 random tip in a restaurant every year on the anniversary of his wife’s death. A bereaved grandpa brings home-baked treats to a local nursing home in memory of his grandson. One mother who lost her nine-month old daughter in a tragic accident pays for others children’s birthday cakes, the ones who are the same age as her daughter, in her local bakery. Still, another bereaved mother, the “fast food bandit,” tells of how she buys meals for the people behind her in drive through restaurants. All these acts of kindness are accompanied by a Kindness Project card so that the recipient will know it was done in honor of a special person.

“Both the mourners and the recipients benefit in so many ways,” says Cacciatore. “Imagine a gift like this, to remind us how fleeting life is… I wonder how many of us would immediately call our child or our partner or our parent and tell them how much we love them if we got a card like this?” And in this way, “these loved ones live through our kindness to another.” Around the world, from the U.S. to Romania to New Zealand to Paraguay, mourners will unite on this one day to make a difference.

The KindnessProjectDay.org site hosts an entire page of Kindness Project ideas if you need a little spark of inspiration, and the MISS Foundation wants to hear all your Kindness Project stories during this year's events. With permissions, stories will then be shared forward in our newsletters and on our Facebook pages to keep inspiring others worldwide throughout the year. For more information, please contact info(at)missfoundation(dot)org.

The MISS Foundation is an international nonprofit organization that CARES for families before during and after the death of a child. If you have lost a beloved child or know someone who has, the MISS Foundation can help.

http://www.missfoundation.org

Contact: Dr. Joanne Cacciatore Phone: 623.979.1000 or 928.554.4394 Web: http://www.KindnessProjectDay.org; info(at)missfoundation(dot)org

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