Seniors Spread Joy with Acts of Kindness

It was a chilly morning when a handful of seniors took the bus from Kingsmere Retirement Suites to a local laundromat to surprise customers with a gift: they taped loonies to the washers and dryers. A confused patron alerted the owner, Steve, who rushed over to find messages stuck to his machines. “You’ve been ‘TRACK’d,’” said the notes — Touched by a Random Act of Christmas Kindness from Kingsmere Retirement Suites. Later that day, Steve arrived at the BayBridge Senior Living community to show his gratitude with freshly baked cookies for the residents.

What a fabulous thing you’re doing. I never thought about it before, but next year I will leave my patrons some money as a thank you!

When the residents heard about his reaction, they burst into applause.

The coin stunt was just one of 31 acts of kindness the residents performed every day last December. One morning, they stood at the Tim Hortons drive-thru handing out $2 gift cards, telling customers their coffee was on Kingsmere. They handed out Lotto 6/49 tickets and candy canes in downtown Alliston, and donated food for dogs, cats and critters to the local Humane Society. “We must have touched 1,000 people,” says Laurena-Mae Kingsbury, Kingsmere’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

She came up with the idea after spotting a children’s chocolate advent calendar. Her boys are too old for the calendars, but she thought it would be fun to raise everyone spirits by starting each day with an act of kindness. The residents agreed; the residents and staff then filled a calendar with ideas that wouldn’t cost much, wouldn’t take more than an hour and didn’t need extensive prep. From 10 to 11 a.m. each day, they completed a different mission, returning to post pictures on the bulletin board. The local newspaper and cable station did stories, and dozens of residents waited at the board to see pictures of happy, surprised locals. The campaign was such a hit that other BayBridge communities got involved (scroll through the BayBridge Facebook page: we’ll be posting more pictures and stories of random acts) and Kingsmere is planning to make this an annual event. “I think the residents took a lot of pride,” says Laurena-Mae. “The impact they had was incredible.”

Want to surround yourself with people who do nice things for others, just for fun? Visit a BayBridge Senior Living community today.

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