Tiny Town, Gigantic Good

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The small town of Olds, Alberta, Canada decided to do a challenge for Good: They challenged the community to do 5,000 Acts of Good and to share those Acts of Good on Anonymous Good, all by the end of the school year.

With the help of its 8,000 or so citizens, and with Deer Meadow School leading the way, they not only met that goal, they met it with flying colors at over 5,300 Acts and counting.

Did you catch that? 8,000 citizens and over 5,000 Acts of Good?? What a town!

And because they’ve shared these Acts of Good on AnonymousGood.org, their Good goes on to do great work in the world—freeing slaves, planting trees, and feeding the hungry. Talk about powerful.

We also must admit that moderating these Acts of Good was quite the job. Not because it was difficult, per se, but because it was “difficult” to make it through without bursting into tears (I speak from personal experience) at how truly awesome these people, especially the kids, are. The Acts of Good ranged from “that’s so nice” to “whoa.” Here are some examples:

“I read a story to my sister for bedtime.”

“Sometimes my friend doesn’t have much to eat so I share my food with her”

“when my little sister fell in the mud I helped her up.”

“My friend said I could, when I thought I couldn’t.”

“We were in the drive through at Tim Hortons and the person in front of us paid for our food.”

“I helped a friend conquer her fear”

“My friend G sat with me because I was lonely”

“Someone stuck up for me when i was called squidface”

“I bought flowers at a store and gave them to people at the hospital.”

“My friends are amazing! When I’m around them, they make me feel happy. I’m not popular, but I am when I’m with them”

Incredible right? So, in pure appreciation, we thank the people of Olds and the students of Deer Meadow School. You’ve affected the world in beautiful ways. Keep it up.

And for those who need a little inspiration, here’s a video featuring people from around the world (including NBA player–Channing Frye, star of Rookie Blue–Travis Milne, head coach of the Phoenix Suns–Jeff Hornacek, lead singer of Luc and the Lovingtons–Luc Reynaud, and many others!) thanking the kids of Deer Meadow School.

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