Leap of Kindness Day

What will you do with the extra day we all get this Leap Year, on Saturday, February 29, 2020?


Leap of Kindness Day 2020  
The idea - - take part in Leap of Kindness Day and do something kind for someone else.

To help you participate, we reached out to local nonprofits in Didsbury & area and asked them for some ideas. While you can wait to deliver any items you might donate, we encourage everyone to start collection activities within your workplace or organization as soon as possible to maximize your participation and community impact.

Here's what they need:

The Didsbury Municipal Library is in desperate need of rolling, flip-top tables so we can continue to expand the programs and events we provide to the public. Currently, we have a large wooden table for all our programs and events in the children's space, or small tables that must be carried in and out of the building. Neither is well suited to our only program space which, depending on the day, can host anything from an author talk for 100 inspired students, a lively afternoon book club, an after-school lego program filled with young building enthusiasts, or a study group cramming for the next big test. It is a popular and versatile space that is constantly being reorganized to host different community groups for various purposes, and usage continues to rise. Indeed, the library had 4,393 program participants in 2019, an increase of 38% from 2018. It is clear that purchasing furniture suited to this space will help us better meet the needs of our growing community.  Please contact Monique at 403-335-3142 or mfiedler@prl.ab.ca.

Mountain View Food Bank: Our Food Bank is always in need of school lunch and snack supplies for children of all ages. examples .. Canned Meats, Peanut Butter, Jams, Cheese Whiz, Puddings, Canned Fruit Granola Bars, Juice Boxes, Crackers, Cookies. ..Kids shouldn't go to school hungry!  Call Gayle Meier at 403-556-1693 or office@mountainviewfoodbank.com to arrange to drop off.

Sk8park Society:  Our organization is still looking for cash or in-kind donations to help us build our new skate park in Didsbury so we can provide a fun, safe atmosphere for our local families.  Contact Erin Enns at 403-335-4814.

The Didsbury Museum is looking for an individual/group/company to help design and/or execute the landscaping in front of the Museum. The Museum is interested in ideas that are in keeping with the early 1900s. If you can help, contact Dean Mousseau at 403-335-9295.

The Bethany - Didsbury would like to treat the residents with a day of donuts.  We are asking for Tim Hortons Donuts for our Residents (100) Delivered on Friday, February 28.  Please contact Dawna Faryna or Joan Smyth at 403-335-4775 if you or your company can help.

Essentials for Our Community is requesting Donations of MyNR points at AG foods for our Charity to be used to buy meat for Konnection Kitchen or purchase of AG grocery cards to be used for supplies and meat.  

Please note we will be adding more nonprofit requests as we receive them.

However, you and your coworkers or family members may have your own "favourite" charitable organization. If this is the case, you should contact them and take action to do something kind on Leap of Kindness Day.

Share what you are doing with us on Facebook or send us an email. We will make every effort we can to thank and publicly acknowledge all of the acts of kindness taking place in Didsbury and beyond.

 


 

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, the Didsbury & District Chamber of Commerce wants to invite you to use your extra day during Leap Year to do something kind for someone else. EVERYONE is invited to participate. Below are a wide range of ideas and suggestions to help you get started.

 

Sign Up Today for 2/29/20

We're inviting businesses, impact sector organizations, public agencies and individuals to "sign up" to take part in Leap of Kindness Day, on February 29, 2020. You can sign up to request a donation or act of kindness that would be of benefit to your organization or the people you serve. You can sign up to indicate that when the time comes that your business or organization will volunteer to help others. You can sign up as an individual to stay informed as to what local organizations need that you might provide as we get closer to celebrating Leap of Kindness Day on February 29, 2020, and using this extra day we all get during Leap Year to do something kind for someone else.

Click Here to sign up!




THE CHAMBER CHALLENGE

Local chambers of commerce are often the facilitators of events, celebrations and movements that bring together leaders and individuals from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to get things done.

That's really what Leap of Kindness is all about. Inspiring everyone in your community to do something kind for someone else on the extra day we all get on February 29th during a Leap Year.

This web page is full of ideas and suggestions for local chambers. But if your chamber has any questions, please call 403-335-3265 or email us at info@didsburychamber.ca. You can also sign up to participate below and we'll share everything we have with your chamber!




Start by using the official Leap of Kindness Day logo  


The #LeapOfKindnessDay logo is open source and was designed to be shared with organizations everywhere.

Everyone is invited to use this logo in order to promote participation in your own Leap of Kindness Day activities. Feel free to copy it from this page.




Distribute Leap of Kindness Day Cards to inspire participation!

One of the simplest and perhaps most meaningful ways for individuals to take part in #LeapOfKindnessDay is to invite them to send a thank you note or card to someone that means a lot to them.

The cards have the Leap of Kindness Day logo on the front. They are blank inside. On the back, we included our Chamber's logo, the hashtag #LeapOfKindnessDay and the words: "Created and shared with you by the Board of Directors and staff of the Didsbury & District Chamber of Commerce

Please take this idea and run with it!

Download your Leap of Kindness Day card here.                              



Leap of Kindness Day motivates people to donate food, clothing, money, etc. to area nonprofits

#LeapOfKindnessDay offers you a chance to motivate your organization, business, or community to donate to local impact sector organizations. Late-winter donations of clothing, food and money often decline after the Holiday Season. Here's a chance to reverse this trend!

Leap of Kindness Day can be used to solicit donations by impact sector organizations themselves. Share with your community the idea that if they'd like to do something kind for someone else on the extra day we all have in Leap Year that your organization would welcome donations of whatever specific items you need.



Leap of Kindness Day can help build teamwork & workplace morale

Employers can use #LeapOfKindnessDay to build employee morale with a focus on kindness and community.

Organize a food drive, a clothing drive, or team up to volunteer and help a local charitable organization.

Reaching out early and selecting an organization to help might result in new ideas. For instance, a local organization in Ballston Spa, New York, organized a "sock drive" because that was the number one request of residents in a local nursing home.

Start on February 1, 2020, and make it a contest to see which local business can collect the most food, the most clothes, or the most money by February 29th. You can then schedule to bring your donations to the impact sector organization of your choice on February 29th.



Nonprofits can thank their local supporters on Leap of Kindness Day

While many private sector organizations will mobilize to collect donations for local nonprofits and charitable agencies, the nonprofit organizations themselves might consider thanking their donors and supporters on Leap of Kindness Day.

Leap of Kindness Day is a great day for nonprofit executives and development directors to drop off a thank you note or a special certificate to your donors and volunteers.

CLICK HERE - to read how WellSpring used Leap of Kindness Day to thank those who are helping them to end relationship and sexual abuse.

CLICK HERE - to watch a video of Rebuilding Together delivering a gift card to two of their best volunteers.



Larger companies can share Leap of Kindness Day everywhere

Some organizations have offices or facilities in multiple cities, provinces or even across the globe. The employees in all of these places all have an extra day every Leap Year. Leap of Kindness Day can be celebrated everywhere.

In Saratoga County, Fingerpaint Marketing invited its employees in New York, Philadelphia, Arizona, and New Jersey to participate. They shared photos on social media of the acts of kindness performed on that day by employees in each office.



Invite elected officials to participate in Leap of Kindness Day

Leap of Kindness Day is meant to be a day when we all do something kind for someone else no matter what political party we may support.

Invite your local elected officials to participate. They might want to volunteer or host a free event for seniors. Maybe they want to make a special donation to a local organization or to join with others collecting clothes, food or other supplies for the homeless, Veterans, etc.



Inspire people of all ages to get involved in your community!

 

What will the people who live in your community do with their extra day during Leap Year? We say invite them to participate in Leap of Kindness Day, on February 29th. They may bake cookies for their teachers or buy lunch for someone in the armed services and thank you for the inspiration!


Check out what our local businesses are doing to take the "Leap"...

Gil's Truck and Auto - On FEB 29TH LEAP INTO KINDNESS WITH GIL’S TRUCK AND AUTO, GTA is offering a FREE Check Over on your vehicle.  They ask that you leap into Kindness with them and MAKE A CASH DONATION AT GIL’S TRUCK AND AUTO TOWARDS THE DIDSBURY SK8PARK SOCIETY And/or BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO GIL’S TRUCK AND AUTO THAT WE WILL COLLECT FOR THE MOUNTAINVIEW FOOD BANK & IN RETURN WE WILL GIVE YOU A FREE 100 POINT CHECK OVER ON YOUR VEHICLE (PLEASE CALL THE SHOP TO BOOK YOUR SPACE– NO PURCHASE NECESSARY)

Everyone who received a free check over will have the chance to win a free oil change. Call 403-335-4814.

Didsbury Chamber of Commerce - 
The Chamber donated 150 "Leap of Kindness Day" cards to the Bethany Care - Didsbury.