Five Acts of Kindness

Act 1

Five (in fact there were seven) packages for the homeless in Maidstone, Kent

On a recent visit to Maidstone town centre, we were struck by the number of homeless people living on the street. It was shocking to see so many young people, which was in sharp contrast to the stereotypical image we conjure up when thinking of the homeless. We know this isn’t a problem we can solve, however, we can support the organisations that already do so much for the homeless by donating a few food/care packages. 

In 2016, we had screen printed some Thoughtful t-shirts that we were planning to give away to clients, however, we decided to divert these to the Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter project and use the t-shirts as wrapping paper for our care parcels. Sorry clients, we hope you don’t mind! 

Should you be inspired to do the same then please visit the Maidstone Churches Winter Shelter website or find any local organisation that helps the homeless.

Act 2

Collecting for Porchlight

It is easy to dismiss the idea of helping others because ‘it is too much effort’ or ‘it will take too much time’, but even small gestures can have a big impact. Thoughtful is based in Capital Space Business Centre, which means we are surrounded by many businesses, with many employees. It would be easy for us to canvas each business and ask for a donation, but we intend to try something different. With the permission of the fantastic management team at Capital Space Business Centre we plan to place a board in reception that had double sided sticky tape on it. With some simple instructions, visitors would be encourage to attach their spare change to complete the picture of the Porchlight logo. We’ll let you know how we get on.

Simon sticking a coin (not taking one) on the board

Update 13.04.2017

We are not doing too bad, but could do better. Only a week to go and the board is nearly half full.

We have our fingers-and-toes crossed that we can meet our target!

Act 3, 4, 5

Our motto for this campaign is ‘Minimal effort, maximum impact’. We want to make ripples from the small actions we make, so why don’t you join us in doing something small. If you have any ideas then do share them with us.

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