Bethlehem plans first Kindness Day

"Then I went to Town Hall and talked to Jack [Cunningham] and he was all for it," said Burns.

The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce is also on board, and its president, Marty DeLaney, is teaming up with Burns to get the word and out get the community involved. A meeting was held in January and groups attended and began brainstorming for ideas.

Burns suggested that group hold activities sometime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Feb. 28, but the kindness can continue throughout the day.

"We decided to make a whole day out of it," said Burns. "When we had the first meeting and all the groups showed up, I said, 'Wow, people really want to do this.'"

The Bethlehem Sportsman's Club and Zoning Board will be making a donation to the Bethlehem Food Pantry as their act of kindness and the Selkirk Fire Department is planning a breakfast fundraiser to benefit a local child with cancer.

"We're not looking for everyone to do something big and grand and raising money is great but it can be much simpler than that," Burns said. "You can do this as a group or on your own, all you have to do is an act of kindness."

Some of the groups participating so far include area churches, Bethlehem Business Women, the Delmar Rotary Club, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, town government groups and anyone else interested in participating.

To send ideas or become apart of a large Community Kindness Day effort, e-mail Burns at melody@melodyburns.com or DeLaney at info@bethlehemchamber.com.

"We decided to pick a unique day so we picked the last day in February," Burns said, then added jokingly, "That's not to say the rest of year you can't be kind, we just wanted to make this a community event.""

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