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Random acts of Kindness week kicks off at Eagle View Adult Center

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By Andrea Tritschler

Teens from Brighton High School loaded boxes full of food, toiletries, school supplies and handmade valentines into their vehicles in front of the Eagle View Adult Center on Friday, Feb. 10, before making their round to different locations in the community.

All week long members of the adult center as well as members of the community have been bringing all sorts of goodies to the senior center, on Prairie Center Pkwy, as part of Random Acts of Kindness week. Each day this week, members of the community were encouraged to donate small items or baked goods and help spread kindness through the community.

Random Acts of Kindness week is recognized worldwide, and although this year it starts Feb. 12, those at Eagle View got a head start.

The center has been participating in random acts of kindness for over 15 years, according to Sue Corbett, manager of Eagle View said. This year the center made and bought valentines to be distributed to other senior homes as well as put together Valentine’s Day gift bags for those undergoing chemotherapy.

“I love that it’s a community event,” Corbett said. “Everyone gets involved.”

While the donation boxes are at the senior center, Random Acts of Kindness is an event designed to be spread throughout the community and be shared by everyone, just like kindness itself. Many residents, schools and organizations in Brighton and beyond celebrate the week with small activities.

The adult center partners with the high school to deliver the items that were donated by the community to different organizations. There were many donations this year, including food that is going to a local food bank and school supplies for schools in need in the 27J school district. Corbett said it was a record year for toiletries, which go to the homeless shelter Almost Home. 

The week ended on a sweet note at Eagle View with a bake sale bene•tting the Volunteers ofAmerica and smiling faces when the gifts were delivered with kindness.