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

The Davis Family Makes an Impact

To end 2019 and all of our celebrations of kindness throughout the year, we thought it would be best to celebrate what matters most; family. Our final Kindness Contest of the year was our Family That Impacts Contest where we sought out to find a family that goes above and beyond to make a lasting positive impact. We asked, “When you think of these families within your community, who comes to mind?”

We were humbled to see countless submissions of amazing families making impacts in their communities, and the nominators who felt so profoundly inspired by them. After a tough decision process, one family stuck out the most- The Davis Family.

Get inspired as you read Astrid Wielens, Director at Zebra Crossings nomination of the Davis Family.

“Raising a medically complex child with an ultra-rare disease is an all-encompassing job. It’s like running a never ending marathon without any fanfare or medal. For most families, it becomes their defining characteristic and self-imposed glass ceilings are created. Somehow, for Kristen Davis and her family, when their youngest child was diagnosed with CLOVES syndrome in 2009, a spark was ignited. As a family, they held fast to the belief that anything is possible; you just need some creativity. They focus on the passion in each family member and pursue it with rigor. These values have allowed the family to flourish as an entity and as individuals. In addition to managing life with CLOVES, their youngest child is pursuing life to the fullest competing on a sports team, performing on stage, and applying for college.”

Wielens continues, “What truly makes this family stand out is that they have shared this with the world. In 2009, Kristen formed the CLOVES Syndrome Community (CSC) website since no organization existed to support families and people living with this rare disease. CSC became a non-profit organization in July 2011. When CLOVES Syndrome Community held their first family conference, in conjunction with Boston Children’s hospital, 6 families were in attendance. This past June, 180 adults and 37 youth, from 3 countries and 17 U.S. States travelled to Boston to join as a community and gain knowledge, connection, and strength. When the conference concluded, Kristen turned her attention to applying for a $450,000 grant for research on rare diseases. Kristen and her family are relentless in their advocacy for people living with rare diseases and chronic illnesses. They truly are a beacon of hope and connection for families throughout the world.”

Congratulations to the Davis family on being our Family That Impacts Contest winners, you inspire us and make our communities better. If you know do-gooders like the Davis Family who you want to recognize, share their story at thelyc.com/share-your-story.

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