A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

Kindness is contagious and doesn’t cost a thing.

Kindness is an investment. Good karma is the return.

Money makes you rich. Kindness makes you great.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

Choose kindness…It matters.

Do good. Be great. Believe there is good in the world.

Be kind to others. Your random act of kindness might become someone’s best lifetime memory.

Sometimes, a single random act of kindness can become the spark that ignites a revolution.

Be nice to people. Sometimes, a smile is all it takes to start a chain of kindness.

Be kind to others without expecting anything in return. Karma is keeping a tab.

Kindness may be blind but it is the most eye-opening feeling one can get. Thanks for being kind.

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Have courage and be kind.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. —Buddha

Be a little kinder than you have to. —E. Bennett

Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. —Malala Yousafzai

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. —Mahatma Gandhi

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

Believe there is good in the world.—Unknown

The world is full of kind people...If you can't find one, be one. - Unknown

Kindness is free; Let's pass it on. - Unknown

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. - Vincent Van Gogh

We don't have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. - Unknown

If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that. - Unknown

Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no end. - Unknown

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall

Go be kind. - Unknown

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. - Maya Angelou

Boarding for Better

At Northeast Credit Union, we believe that good people doing great things is what makes communities strong, and stronger communities make the world better. Meet Chris Carragher, a super inspiring surfer dude from Portsmouth, whose passion for paddleboarding turned into a club, where members don’t just have fun, they raise money for local charities. Talk about loving your community and giving back!

It began in 2013, when he took his niece out on a paddleboard, which looked a little boring to this life-long surfer. To keep things interesting, he gave himself a goal of paddling out to the Isle of Shoals (IOS) by the end of summer (a difficult and challenging goal, to say the least). After months of preparation, his first grueling 16- mile paddle to and from IOS took five hours and was not exactly a day at the beach, but Chris not only made it, he turned into a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire (BBBSNH). Pretty soon, other paddleboarders were interested and excited by what Chris had accomplished and wanted to do the same, which is how Seacoast Paddleboard Club was born, and how the club has raised more than $70,000 for BBBSNH in just five years!

The Club’s mission is to get people out on the water, to have fun and give back when they can. Now 75+ members, Chris organizes beach clean ups, Community paddles, Sunday paddles, and a Halloween paddle fundraiser that supports the Portsmouth Halloween parade (Boo!).

The Club’s latest fundraiser was this year’s, Seacoast Paddle for the Pups, with funds going to the New Hampshire SPCA.

Having lost his beloved chocolate lab Stella, who he and his wife adopted from the New Hampshire SPCA in 2006, they wanted to give something back to the organization. So, dogs and entrants hit their boards and raised more than $4,000, in this, the fundraiser’s first year.

This is community involvement at its best. Chris has created a way for people to make life-long friendships, exercise, and help good and worthy causes, too. Chris says giving back has always been part of his life. His energy and enthusiasm has inspired a whole community to be better and do better. When we love our community, we encourage others to do the same.

If you’d like to know more about Seacoast Paddle Club, go to https://www.seacoastpaddleboardclub.com. And thanks Chris, for being a community chairman of the Boards!

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