Make kindness normal | Chamber Corner

By Kelsey Foster | Jan 03, 2018
Kelsey Foster

If you’ve seen people sporting T-shirts that say “Make Kindness Normal” around town lately and wondered what the story is behind them, here it is.

Back at the Oct. 10 Edmonds Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, chamber member Pastor Kevin Hollinger of Edgewood Baptist Church shared the idea. He gave everyone in attendance that morning $10. He asked each person to do something with that $10 to pay kindness forward.

The following week, people shared the ways they’d spent their $10. One member donated to a local businessperson’s fundraiser after he suffered a major health crisis. Other members shared how they bought coffee for people in line behind them and watched as those people chose to pay it forward and purchase coffees for other customers.

A ripple had begun.

Members of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board decided it was the perfect time to adopt a Make Kindness Normal attitude and perform at least one random act of kindness a month.

During the annual Scarecrow Festival, the need for acts of kindness became immediately apparent when a rash of scarecrow thefts occurred. They set out to replace and rebuild the displays at the Edmonds Senior Center and Insurance Services Group after bandits made off with parts of their entries.

And sometimes spreading kindness is just about being making others smile. Committee members took part in the first annual Edmonds caroling competition recently with exuberant renditions of “Santa Baby” and "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer".

The hope with Make Kindness Normal is to build momentum and make a bigger ripple as acts of kindness spread. Everyone is encouraged to find ways to share kind acts in the community, no matter how large or how small.

T-shirts with the slogan “Make Kindness Normal” have since been created and, to date, 129 have been sold.

The T-shirts are available for $12 each and can be purchased at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce office at 121 Fifth Ave. N.

Be sure to check back to see what acts of kindness the Chamber Foundation will be up to in January.


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