Johnston group plans random acts of kindness

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Friday is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and one small Johnston non-profit, the Smiling Angels Society, will be visiting the community performing small acts of kindness.

“I like to try and help people. I like to be with the public and help people, and this is a great way to do it,” said Sandra Boisvert, president and founder of the organization.

Boisvert said that she founded the organization in 2014 with a mission to provide acts of kindness to children, adults, seniors and communities throughout New England. With about 12 dedicated members, their kindness acts have ranged from paying for other’s dinners at local restaurants, adopting families for the holidays, helping the homeless, and giving free beach toys away during the summer to children at local beaches.

The organization has also helped raise money for families that have lost their families’ homes to fires, illness and death. With volunteers sometimes even using their own fund to help, they’ve made up health packages and donated them to Crossroads, given Mother’s Day baskets at Starr Birth rehabilitation, and helped with local fundraisers for multiple sclerosis

On February 17, the group plans to fan out across the state, bringing donuts and coffee to businesses and handing out $5 Dunkin Donuts gift cards to people on the street. While Boisvert said the organization would raise about $2,000 and then use the funds to perform their gracious acts, it doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day.

“My advice would be to pay it forward. Even with just small acts, to help someone across the street or if you’re at Dunkin’ Donuts and you have a little extra money, pay for the person in back of you,” she said. “Try to make someone’s day better.”

For more information about the Smiling Angels Society, visit the Smiling Angels Society Facebook page.

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