Exercising can warm you up when temperatures drop, and exercising kindness can help you keep your cool when tempers flare.
The Columbus Foundation and Besa are teaming up with other central Ohio enterprises to turn February into Columbus Kindness Month.
A T-shirt by itself may not keep you warm, but buying one to benefit charity can give you an inner glow to help ward off cold feelings. Homage, one of a growing number of companies getting on board with the movement to build community with unconditional acts of kindness, will have “Give Kindness” T-shirts ready to sell Feb. 17, with all proceeds to charity. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Hot Chicken Takeover and others will be offering their own kindness initiatives during the month.
Besa and the Columbus Foundation will shine a light on various opportunities throughout the month at GiveKindnessColumbus.org and encourage anyone who wants to be a Kindness Ambassador to share their good deeds with the Twitter hashtag #givekindnesscolumbus.
One way to show kindness might be to help local funeral director Mike Schoedinger collect 50 units of blood for the American Red Cross to celebrate his 50th birthday. The birthday blood drive is set for Feb. 24 at the Schoedinger Funeral Service in Upper Arlington. Appointments can be made online using the sponsor code: Schoedinger.
If blood is good to give, so is a little sweat. And riding in Pelotonia 17 to cure cancer is another great way to spread kindness. Lots of events, promotions and classes set for Launch Week Feb. 6-11 might even present more opportunities to #givekindnesscolumbus. You can bet Pelotonia CEO Doug Ulman will be busy on this hashtag as well as #Pelotonia17 from now until race weekend begins Aug. 4.
And just to make it clear where the City of Columbus stands on extending kindness to refugees, Mayor Andy Ginther announced Monday that he will issue his own executive order this week to support the resettlement of refugees and prohibit detainment of those not subject to a warrant or an observed criminal violation.