Love in Action: Kindspring.org
Yes! is one of my favorite magazines, with a clear-eyed view of the challenges we face and a commitment to featuring the work of ordinary people to bring justice to our society, health to our natural world and meaningful work.
The Summer 2013 issue was titled “Love and the Apocalypse“. Now, that’s a catchy title! In the latest issue they highlight what began as a college prank gone good: encouraging people to do anonymous good deeds and leaving behind a “smile card” asking people to pass on the kindness. Kindspring.org grew out of this voluntary movement and claims they’ve shipped over 1 million smile cards, have over 19,000 registered users and their site has over 32,000 “kindness stories.”
Another group using a similar strategy is Sisters of the Road, in Portland, Oregon. Sisters is a non-profit cafè started over 20 years ago in skid road by Genny Nelson to offer healthy, low-cost food to everybody. If you don’t have the cash, you can work for a few hours for your meal. Sisters encourages people who are put off by pan handlers to purchase meal coupons to give out. At $2 each, they will buy a meal.