It’s no secret that we have a culture of kindness here in Wilson County, TN. While some things we may see and hear have a negative narrative, much of what people say and do is positive, helpful, and caring! Wilson County Kind is an ongoing campaign to put a spotlight on the kind words, deeds, and acts of others. We encourage you to get involved!
What is Wilson County Kind? It is a campaign from Mayor Hutto’s office to involve every person, business, non-profit, civic group, school and church—in fact the entire community—to put a spotlight on kindness. We will post photos and words of kindness with the logo and #WilsonCountyKind on Facebook @MayorHutto and other social media outlets. We will also engage in activities with others to promote awareness such as a chalk art activity at Night Out Against Crime. Groups are encouraged to get creative and engage in acts of kindness (see below for suggestions).
How can I spotlight acts of kindness?
1. Observe others and post photos on social media which display acts of kindness or quotes and words that bring a smile to your face; and include #WilsonCountyKind.
2. Share posts with the hashtag #WilsonCountyKind. Please visit @MayorHutto on Facebook, Instagram, and X to keep up with his latest posts.
3. Engage with a group and do something fun that spreads kindness. For example, start a letter-writing campaign to senior adults to brighten their day; pick a non-profit for a group community service event and post photos with #WilsonCountyKind; see suggestions at the bottom of this page.
4. Promote your activities on social media and through other means. Kindness is a two-way street that puts a smile on the faces of the person delivering kindness as well as for the person receiving. So please share the good stuff!
Here’s some suggestions on how to get involved:
- Volunteer with a local non-profit.
- Share the act of service and the positive impact it had on others. Promote what others are doing to give of themselves with photos and posts on social media and include #WilsonCountyKind. Find non-profits through your local Chamber of Commerce or at The Volunteer Network https://www.volunteernetworktn.org/organization .
- Donate to a wish list created by a school, hospital, senior center, or assisted living facility. Here are some suggested donation locations.
- Start a letter-writing campaign to brighten someone’s day with a handwritten and/or handcrafted notecard.
- Contact Rebecca Nofi, GNRC Volunteer and Community Coordinator, ph: 615-891-5876, email firstname.lastname@example.org for campaign templates and suggestions.
- Create a Wilson County Kind “Take What You Need” board with your children, students, family, or for your place of business.
- It never gets old to brainstorm possible emotional supports someone may need (ex. Hugs, Love, Courage, Peace, Calm, Faith), then find quotes that are reminders for that need.
- Write the quotes on colored sticky notes, same color as the ‘need’ and post them on a Board that students, family members, or colleagues can take. Take charge and have leaders refill as needed. Snap pictures of the board, post and share with #WilsonCountyKind.
- Organize a Mealtrain for someone in need. www.mealtrain.com
- Using washable chalk, write encouraging words on a neighbor’s concrete steps or on the sidewalk. Snap, post, and share with #WilsonCountyKind!
- Contact your local Fire Department and ask if they need anything.
- Eating, sleeping and trying to stay active on long shifts may require meals and other supplies. Want to help them stock up on homemade freezer dinners, jugs of tea, paper towels or other supplies? Many items are not in the Fire Department budget. Take a photo with the Firemen and women!
- Stock a glass bowl with daily acts of kindness on slips of colored paper. Encourage office colleagues or students to pick one each day and act on it! Then post it on social media and mention how it made you feel or made someone’s day.
- Make an Advent Calendar with daily acts of kindness. Have students or visitors select one each day and act on it!
- In cold weather, stock a coat tree with warm scarves and place a sign next to it “Take One, or Leave One”. Snap, post and share photos of your scarf tree with #WilsonCountyKind.