We’re Happy to Announce Two Winners of our Matt Kurtz Kindness Grant for August 2020

Congratulations to Chelsea Phaire and Shirley Raines, each received $250 to fund their acts of kindness projects!

Chelsea Phaire Chelsea's Charity
Shirley Raines, Beauty 2 the Streetz

Once again, we are able to give out two awards because we have so many wonderful people who support us and believe in our mission.  We truly appreciate all of the donations that make this possible.   

About our August 2020 winners:

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Unsung Heroes

clinical trial volunteers - kindness

Everyone is waiting for the magic bullet, the Covid-19 vaccine, to bring some normalcy back to our lives.  We all want to be able to get back to hugging our loved ones, inviting people over for celebrations, going out to dinner, shows, and sporting events.  But for now, we’re in limbo trying to figure out the best way to stay safe, keeping our distance from loved ones, wearing our masks, and fearfully watching the number of cases and deaths rise every day. 

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The Power of a Smile

Matt's Smile
Matt’s beautiful smile.

THE POWER OF A SMILE
The power of a gun can kill and the power of fire can burn
The power of wind can chill and the power of a mind can learn
The power of anger can rage inside until it tears you apart
But the power of a smile, especially yours, can heal a frozen heart
                – Tupac Shakur

These days, with everyone wearing a mask, I’m really missing the smiles. 

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Winners of the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award for May 2020

Thanks to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners, Shreyaa Venkat and Jayde Powell, of our Kindness Award.  Both of them go above and beyond to help others but it’s especially appreciated during the Coronavirus pandemic.  In these strange times, when there is so much anxiety, stress and fear we’re blown away by their compassion, their selflessness, and their ability to get other people to share in their vision of helping those in need.  Their acts of kindness have rippled out and touched thousands of lives.  It’s incredible, it’s beautiful and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family. 

Kindness Award Winner Shreyaa Venkat
Kindness Award Winner Jayde Powell

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The Coronavirus is Contagious, but so is Kindness and Generosity

kindness is contagious

“We human beings have survived for a thousand generations, helping one another and inspiring each other. We know how to do this. Instead of getting caught in collective fear and anxiety, we can remember to take a breath, center ourselves, and take practical precautions and protections, but calmly and in the spirit of love. Each of us can contribute to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and our world.” – Jack Kornfield

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We’re Proud to Announce, Deneishia Jacobpito is the Winner of the Matt Kurtz Kindness Grant for February 2020

Deneishia Jacobpito Kindness Grant Winner, Feb 2020

Update:  See pictures below of items collected and donated by Deneishia.  

Our February 2020 Kindness Grant winner, Deneishia Jacobpito (Des Moines, IA), actually has two great ideas that she’ll be using the grant money for, both of them touched our hearts. 

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