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

Elyana's Mission To Help Homeless Pets

At just the age of 12, Elyana Smith took an interest in helping her local animal shelter, the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. After visiting the shelter, she began fostering shelter dogs with the help of her family. Over the course of 3 years, Elyana has fostered over 70 dogs of all breeds and ages. As she became more involved with the shelter, Elyana became increasingly interested in the importance of pet adoption. She started a website, Adopt Don’t Shop Portland, aiming to educate people in her community about her mission and the importance of adopting pets from shelters like the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Elyana’s website features the adoption stories of her dogs as well as others, statistics and facts about shelter pets, and different ways people can help shelter pets. This spring, she stapled flyers around Portland asking people to share their pets’ adoption stories for her site to promote the importance of adopting shelter pets as opposed to buying from breeders. As part of her cause, Elyana will be traveling to Mexico in July to assist the many stray dogs there that call the streets home. She has created a Go Fund Me page to help cover her costs of travel.

Because of her dedication to helping animals, Elyana was chosen as a 2019 Northeast Credit Union Nice Catch Kind Kid. The Nice Catch program is a partnership between NECU and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Portland Sea Dogs Minor League Baseball teams that recognizes kids 18 and under for their kind acts.
For more information on Elyana’s cause, visit her website.

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