Saturday, May 26, 2018

Living the Golden Rule: Kindness and Caring in One Town #WATWB

We are the World Blogfest began over a year ago to spread light, love, and peace on the internet that was (and still is) dominated by darkness and all sorts of aggression. A group of bloggers got together to start this blogfest in an effort to counter that darkness and shine a light of love on humanity's goodness. We often forget the good stuff when inundated with screaming headlines.

The village of North Riverside, Illinois, doesn't forget the good stuff. In fact, they have made it a village goal to live the Golden Rule everyday with each other. I saw this story on The Good News Network and was amazed:
"Neighbors, strangers and village staff are more than fun and nice: They are genuinely caring, compassionate and concerned about those around them, 24/7. From sharing garden vegetables; shoveling snow; mowing lawns; driving to doctor appointments; donating unused items; paying utility bills; kids writing cards to the elderly; giving struggling, depressed residents a reason to smile; and hosting youth scholarships where no one is turned away – no place in the country comes close."
North Riverside Neighborhood Services Committee (Photo credit: Tina Valentino)

 Reader's Digest runs a contest for the "Top 10 Nicest Places in America" and North Riverside was nominated.

This village's Neighborhood Services Committee works to organize help for residents who need it, and residents also act on their own to help their neighbors. The village even has a manual for how to help each other. To read more about North Riverside, check out the story on the Reader's Digest site. I especially love the stories about how the kids in the village get involved. It's never too early to teach kids about kindness, compassion, and treating others as we want to be treated ourselves.

May all communities, no matter how small or how large, take heart and learn by this shining example.

For more #WATWB stories, please visit this month's co-hosts' websites for their contributions. Those co-hosts are: Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Peter Nena, Andrea Michaels, and Damyanti Biswas.You can also find more #WATWB stories here. Scroll down the page for the list of participating blogs.




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