Five years ago, we started our 26 Hours of Kindness initiative. For 26 consecutive hours, the NKPR team went out across the city to volunteer at various shelters, collect clothing and toy donations, raise money for the homeless community, hand out tea to commuters, and so much more. What began as a way to spread random acts of kindness during the holiday season, evolved into an annual opportunity for our staff, our friends, and our networks, to give back to the community in a truly impactful way. Now, on Valentine’s Day, we host our annual 26 Hours of Kindness event to reconnect with “love day” in a meaningful way, and to celebrate what love is all about: showing compassion for others and spending time together.
This year, we’re continuing the #HashtagLunchbag movement. Over 26 hours, we will aim to empower and inspire the community to give back during February – one of the coldest times of the year in Toronto – through the assembly of bagged lunches (we’re aiming to make 800 sandwiches!) for those in need. The lunches will be distributed to food banks and homeless shelters across the city along with handwritten notes of kindness, reminding each recipient that they are loved and cared for by the community.
On February 14th from 9 AM – 1 PM we’re inviting friends, family, community members and neighbours of NKPR to ‘KINDNESS HQ’ (our offices at 312 Adelaide Street West) to help us assemble the lunches and write notes of kindness. If you’d like to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the time slot you’re interested in (volunteer sessions are available every hour, on the hour, between 9 AM – 1 PM).
Grab your colleagues, friends, partner, and/or family members and join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day a little differently this year!