Today, Mayor Jackson joined local Clevelander Ricky Smith in proclaiming Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere (R.A.K.E.) Day in Cleveland. R.A.K.E. was founded by local comedian and Clevelander Ricky Smith as he traveled across the country and used social media to promote random acts of kindness that strangers shared with him along the way.
R.A.K.E., less of an organization and more of a movement, encourages people to simply go do something nice for someone else. The movement demonstrates the importance of being kind and of creating environments in workplaces, schools, civic venues and all areas of public gatherings where individuals work together to further kindness among themselves, their peers, and their community.
“It is critical that the people in the City of Cleveland and the greater community of the United States of America learn that respect and doing for others is one of the greatest ways that communities can pull together for the common goal of creating mindsets of kindness,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
“The efforts of Ricky Smith to show leadership and set an example of the importance of doing for others with no purpose is to be commended. Now therefore, I, Frank G. Jackson, the 56th Mayor of the City of Cleveland, do hereby offer this Proclamation designating Tuesday, February 17, 2015 as Random Acts of Kindness Day in Cleveland.”
Today, Ricky Smith is spending 24 hours doing one random act of kindness each hour on the hour. He is encouraging others to join and help turn normal people into vigilantes of kindness.
So Cleveland we want to hear about your random acts of kindness! Join in on the RAKE moment and do something nice for somebody else today! Then share with us your stories! We will be encouraging random acts of kindness all throughout the week and sharing your stories on Facebook and Twitter.
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