Socks, Shopping Carts and Singing Valentines: Acts of Kindness in Arlington

Every day, acts of kindness both large and small are happening across The American Dream City. These are just a few of the stories of the generosity, kindness and selflessness that are making our community a better place to live, work, play and learn.

Hospital’s Gift Provides New Shopping Carts for Arlington Charities’ Food Pantry

Those who visit Arlington Charities now have new, easier-to-maneuver shopping carts to use when stocking up on meat, bread and other essentials thanks to a donation by Baylor Scott and White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital.

The Arlington nonprofit, founded in 1978, offers a variety of programs and services to fight against hunger and poverty, including its food pantry. The wheels on some of its older shopping carts were in disrepair, which could make them difficult for elderly clients to handle, said Executive Director Deborah Coppola. Baylor Scott and White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital’s recent financial gift allowed Arlington Charities to purchase 15 new carts, she said.

“Our carts had seen better days,” Coppola said. “We are thrilled to have these new shopping carts.”

Project 215 Donates More than 135 Pairs of Socks to Mission Arlington

The community donated more than 135 pairs of socks to Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex through a Project 215 dance event this month.

The community donated more than 135 pairs of socks to Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex through a Project 215 dance event this month.

Here’s an act of kindness that will give you the warm fuzzies. More than 135 pairs of new socks for men, women and children in need were donated to Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex this week. The socks were collected at the recent Project 215 “Sock it to the New Year” dance party in Downtown Arlington.

The Project 215 dance events are held the 2nd Saturday of the month at the former Farmers Market at 215 E. Front St. The events benefit a different Arlington nonprofit or group each month, said event organizer Gigi Erwin. Participants donated paper products and scarves and mittens to the Arlington Life Shelter in November and December. Next month’s event will collect gift cards for Arlington police officers.

“I like to say it’s doing community for community. It’s my heart,” said Erwin, who is also known as DJ GURRL.

Goodtimes Chorus Offers Free Singing Valentines to Overseas Military Spouses

The Goodtimes Chorus is looking to spread a little love this Valentine’s Day through music. The Arlington men’s a cappella chorus is currently looking for a few people who want to surprise their military spouses who are stationed overseas with a Singing Valentine at no cost.

“We thoroughly enjoy doing these things. You are carrying a message of love from one person to another,” said Gil Carrick, the Goodtimes Chorus vice president of marketing and public relations.

Those who are interested in the Singing Valentine offer for overseas military spouses or learning more about being a sponsor for the event can contact the Goodtimes Chorus at gtchorus@gmail.com.

Share Your Acts of Kindness in Arlington

The City’s Community Relations Commission has been working with The Parks Mall, Arlington schools, the business community, residents, and civic leaders to promote acts of kindness since Mayor Jeff Williams announced the Kindness Initiative in 2017. People are encouraged to report acts of kindness that they perform, witness or were the recipient of through the City’s Ask Arlington mobile app, on the Acts of Kindness website, or by posting on social media using #ArlingtonKindness and @CityofArlington.

Click here to read more about Acts of Kindness occurring throughout Arlington.

 

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