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Averett Students Show Acts of Kindness

October 10, 2011

Reported on WSET-Ch. 13
Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette

Danville, VA -- People in Danville have been surprised with random acts of kindness from complete strangers on Fridays.

Sprinkling generosity throughout Danville, Averett University students amped up their Acts of Kindness.

"We pretty much go around and try to just open doors for people, do things for them randomly. People we don't even really know," said Sara Jones, an Averett sophomore.

The idea came about a year ago when director of Resident Life Marsha Foster left work after a tough day.

"I decided to go through and get some food at a fast food restaurant. And when I got up to the window, the lady let me know that the gentleman in front of me had paid for my dinner," said Foster.

Foster felt that her act of kindness should be spread.

"Just to see that you know there is still that feeling of friendship even between complete strangers really makes a difference," said Jones.

So she started with 24 students and faculty members this past August. Foster challenged them to perform at least one act of kindness for a stranger on or off campus one Friday a month. Jones dropped off shirts to a neighboring church.

"They don't really get a lot of shirts unless they pay for them, so I decided just to give them a whole bunch of free T-shirts," said Jones.

Ciearra Dalton, an Averett senior, handed out cupcakes.

"Just to see that smile, it makes my day better," said Dalton.

"Puts a big smile on my face and makes me want to help everyone just that much more," said Wanda Haynes, an administrative assistant.

Now the students hope that their kindness will enable others to act.

"I hope that it spreads all across campus because if there is always somebody doing an act of kindness, there is always going to be somebody having an awesome day," said Dalton.

Averett will have their next Act of Kindness day on November 11. Meanwhile, the International Act of Kindness day is in February.

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