October 2, 2015 by lunchboxcity
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“A Day of Kindness” on October 27, Philadelphia’s Birthday, Invites All to Share Their Wishes for Kindness on Flags Displayed at City Hall
Project is Inspired by the Dalai Lama Receiving the 2015 Liberty Medal and the Historic Visit to Philadelphia by Pope Francis
PHILADELPHIA (October 2, 2015) – Inspired by the awarding of the National Constitution Center’s 2015 Liberty Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and historic visit to Philadelphia by Pope Francis, a not-for-profit organization has joined with the City of Philadelphia to create A Day of Kindness on October 27, the City of Philadelphia’s birthday. A centerpiece of the Day of Kindness celebration is Kindness in the Wind, an installation of several thousand flags decorated with messages of kindness by people throughout the city that will be displayed in the courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall. In addition, in the days leading up to the Tuesday, October 27 Day of Kindness, Philadelphians are invited to set intentions of kindness, connect with organizations that are in need of kind support, and state their wishes for kindness on the event’s website at ADayofKindness.org.
“On the 333rd birthday of the City of Brotherly Love, we are working to bring out the spirit of kindness William Penn envisioned when he founded Philadelphia,” said J Nathan Bazzel, executive director of A Day of Kindness, a new, Philadelphia-based nonprofit established to organize the October 27 events.
Planners for A Day of Kindness are working together with civic groups, corporations, schools, and through its website and social media outlets to reach out to communities in the city. “Our intention is to invite the best of the human spirit to be more present by facilitating acts and expressions of kindness. We are reaching out to the diverse communities, faiths, celebrities and underserved populations of the city to reacquaint each other with the kindness that lives inside all of us,” said Elazar Aslan, founder of the initiative.
The 2015 Liberty Medal will be awarded at a ceremony by the National Constitution Center on Monday, October 26.
“Pope Francis’ visit brought us love, kindness and mercy. The Dalai Lama’s compassion and tolerance embody the very spirit of our city,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia. “I can’t think of a better place and time to visually express that love, mercy and spirit, and the many wishes and acts of kindness of our citizens, than in the very center of our city, on our city’s birthday,” he said.
KINDESS IN THE WIND
Organized with support from the City of Philadelphia and the city’s Mural Arts Program, the Kindness in the Wind flag installation will be unveiled on October 27 in the courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall, where it will remain on display for several weeks. The art installation will feature more than 7,000 flags expressing wishes for kindness. Each cotton fabric flag will be 8 ½ x 11 inches, in one of five colors – blue, green, orange, white and yellow — and hung vertically.
Dafna Yachin, creative and co-executive director for A Day of Kindness, is inviting everyone to participate in being a part of the flag installation and expressing their wish for kindness. “We want to make it fun and very easy to be a part of this meaningful exhibit,” she said. “You can simply write your wish in any language or draw a stick figure or masterpiece. We’ve started to receive fantastic flags with everything from a wish for a cure for epilepsy to a child’s wish for more puppies,” she said. “There are wishes for prison reform, more eye contact, everyone having as lovely a family as they have, and a message for a baby about to be born when the installation goes up so they can show their baby her first message,” Yachin said. “With some of these flags comes a hug from people glad to have such a unique outlet and feel like an important part of our great community. I have been so moved.”
Flag-making stations are planned at museums, community locations, businesses, schools and universities in the coming weeks, including The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Italian Market, Mütter Museum, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum, Primp and Play, and Smith Memorial Playground. Location dates and times are listed on the Day of Kindness website and flags can be made at these stations for free. The Philadelphia School District, Temple University, The Friends Schools, and the University of Pennsylvania are among the institutions that are having their students make flags for the installation. Those unable to visit a flag-making station can upload a design online to have it printed on a flag and added to the installation for a donation of $10, Yachin said.
“Everyone who uploads their flag to ADayofKindness.org will be able to see and share their flag as one of the largest online flag installations and are encouraged to share their flag with three of the kindest people they know,” Yachin added.
In addition, visitors to the website are invited to share their kind thoughts, list their organization’s need or their plans to lend a helping hand as well as state random acts of kindness on the Wall of Intention. They can view an ever-growing list of organizations and their specific needs at the Kindness Exchange and connect with them directly from the website.
“We actually see and experience kindness every day. It’s all around us if we want to acknowledge it,” Bazzel said. “We really want this to be a day where we take the time to acknowledge it, and most importantly, share it.”
A Day of Kindness is supported by Wyncote Foundation, Abacus Wealth Partners, Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center, PwC, Tibetan Association of Philadelphia, Wells Fargo, and The Office of the Chaplain and the Spiritual & Religious Life Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
For more information about A Day of Kindness, visit ADayofKindess.org. Those interested in learning more about supporting A Day of Kindness can contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215/309-1682.
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