kindness-challenge-logo.pngWell over 200,000 people attending the Dallas Fort-Worth area Arts and Jazz Festival this weekend may be in for a ‘kindness surprise.’

Taking a page out of Michael Chase’s playbook from the Kindness Center in Maine, a Kindness Challenge Booth will be set up to urge passers-by to help complete 100 kind acts in 100 minutes.

If you elect to participate, you will choose a card and complete the good deed described right there on the spot. Many kind acts will be as easy as taking a DVD or book that has been donated and giving it to a nearby stranger.  But others may be more challenging, such as picking up trash in the surrounding area for 5 minutes or donating 10% of the money you have in your wallet to the local soup kitchen.

The 100-minute challenge starts on Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 PM, but the Kindness Booth will offer a variety of kind deeds throughout the weekend, handing out stickers, flowers, cards, gifts, and more.

Sponsored by The Good Samaritan Society of Lake Forrest Village and hosted by, the Kindness Challenge Booth offers a refreshing way to:
1.  be of service to others
2.  raise awareness about the powerful effect kindness can have on our outlook

“We are extremely excited to be a part of this extraordinary event.  We pride ourselves in helping others, but this challenge is to get others to do kind deeds also.” says Shannon Ratliff, Staff Development Coordinator at The Good Samaritan Society Lake Forest Village.

“I am truly honored to be in the company of so many outstanding volunteers for this event,” says Bill King of, organizer for the booth.  “Our goal is to inspire others to take a new look at how they live their lives and to embrace the concept of doing kind deeds.”

When you attend the Arts & Jazz Festival April 24-26, be sure to stop by booth 18G and be challenged to give and receive kindness.


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