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Kindness Shines on the Seacoast

The Alliance for Greater Good shares three stories of community kindness and expresses appreciation for their volunteers, supporters, and donors.

Thanks to the Seacoast community for its neighborly kindness.

Share the Warmth Gives 1,600 New Winter Clothing Accessories to Food Insecure Families


In mid-October, we kicked off Share the Warmth, our hats, mittens, and scarves drive for food insecure families. Whether you handcrafted items, purchased items, or asked us to shop for you, we appreciated your gifts of warmth. Thank you! And we extend a special thanks to Timberland for their very generous winter accessories’ donations. Collectively, we helped equip hundreds of neighbors with much needed winter clothing accessories.


Our volunteers distributed almost 1,600 items during Gather’s Thanksgiving Food Distribution event, which was held on November 17, 2022. Families expressed their gratitude for the gift of new winter hats, mittens, scarves, and socks. Finally, we give a shout out to the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center and the YMCA of the Seacoast for serving as our collection sites for Share the Warmth donations.


“I wanted to say Thank You for all you and your group did. So many people were grateful and will be warm. You're amazing!" - Seneca Bernard, Gather's Director of External Partnerships

Alliance volunteers pass out hats, mittens, & scarves.

Celebrating World Kindness Day by Doing Small Kind Acts


World Kindness Day occurs on the thirteenth of November. Since kindness is what we are all about, we engaged the community in a kindness challenge. We designed and created Kids Kindness Bingo Cards and Coloring Sheets. The bingo cards were full of small kind acts for children to complete.

Encouraging small acts of kindness through the Kids Kindness Bingo Challenge.

With a generous donation from Scott Aversano, owner of the Airfield Café, we printed 1,000 cards and 500 coloring sheets. Our volunteers distributed these cards and coloring sheets to patrons of the Airfield Café, first responders in Hampton and North Hampton, and to students at Lincoln Street School in Exeter, NH. On November 14th, we held the drawing for the kindness raffle. Congratulations to our raffle winner, Luke Benton.


We were thrilled when Chris Clifford, School Counselor at the Lincoln Street School in Exeter, NH asked for 475 bingo cards for the entire school. Chris shared that it has been super challenging for the students to navigate all the social ups and downs that come with growing up and being part of a large community. The students work hard to develop the skills they need to be their best self. She added that focusing on kindness and including a fun activity like Kindness Bingo would definitely help them on their journey.

Bonnie Blaisdell (left) and Julie Johnson (right) from the Alliance for Greater Good and Chris Clifford, School Counselor (center).
“...the kids were excited about the bingo cards. They were a great tool to spark a conversation about kindness." - Chris Clifford, School Counselor

Giving Tuesday Campaign Raises $6,376


We are deeply grateful for the very generous donations received during our first-ever Giving Tuesday Campaign. Our sincere thanks to all who participated! These funds will support our future charitable events including our 2023 Lantern Festival and cover expenses associated with running our nonprofit. We are fortunate to be an all-volunteer organization, which means that our administration costs are relatively small.


If you haven't heard about the Lantern Festival, we are creating a fun, family-oriented event to celebrate community kindness and raise money for the Seacoast Mental Health Center. Click here to learn more.

 

We thank you so much for your support as none of these events would have been possible without your participation.


For more information or to share ideas for future events, email the Alliance for Greater Good at alliance.greatergood@gmail.com, visit its website and follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

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