Susan Melton, (Cheboygan, MI), spreads positivity with chalk art. Every day she leaves a positive message on sidewalks for everyone to see. What started as a summer project in 2011, has turned into 12 years of chalking and she’s still going strong. Amazingly, she hasn’t missed a day, she’s out there chalking positivity, even in wind, rain, or snow. When asked how she dealt with the snow, she said, “I scrape off the snow and I chalk fast.”Continue reading Announcing our Matt Kurtz Kindness Award Winner for May 2023→
Until recently scientists believed that a forest was a group of individual trees living on their own. Thanks to Suzanne Simard, a scientist who was originally mocked for her theory of the interconnectedness of trees, we have an amazing new understanding of the ingenious ways in which nature works. Continue reading Lessons From Mother Nature→
Some people look at kindness and think it’s a weakness. They believe you have to be ruthless to succeed in life. They think kind people are soft people who allow others to walk all over them. I think they don’t understand the true meaning of kindness.Continue reading What Does it Mean to be Kind?→
Congratulations to Taha Umar who will receive $500 to fund his kindness project.
Note: We’re still giving two grants, the second one will be announced in March so that we can shine the spotlight on one person at a time. We’re able to do this 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.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have now presented in excess of $10,000 in kindness grants and awards! A huge thank you to the people who have won our awards and grants. You’ve inspired all of us with your kindness and amazed us with your creativity, perseverance, and compassion, and shown us what a huge difference one person can make in the lives of so many.
In addition, we’re grateful to every one of you for your support in believing in our mission of spreading kindness in Matt’s name and helping us keep his legacy alive.
When we started MKRO in 2018 our goal was to highlight one person at a time four times a year by presenting 2 awards and 2 grants.
Due to the generosity of our donors, we are now proud to announce that in 2023 we will be increasing them by committing to 4 awards and 4 grants per year. We will also be going back to the original format of shining the spotlight on one person at a time, but instead of four times a year, we’ll post winners eight times a year.
Our February grant winner(s) is coming up and this time you will see one winner in February and the other winner in March. That way the entire spotlight will be on one person at a time.
As we move forward we want to thank you for your continuing support. Matt’s kindness truly does ripple on! Keep nominating people who inspire you and submitting your kindness projects and we will keep giving our grants and awards.
Of course, I’m going to love a book that starts out with the main character being asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and he answers “Kind.” It just gets better from there. The bestselling book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, And The Horse by Charlie Mackesy has been made into a short, animated film, and I encourage everyone to watch it. It’s a charming story with a universal message of love, friendship, and hope.
Doing small acts of kindness is your superpower! You don’t have to be a saint or hero to practice kindness. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of who you are. Every day you have a choice in how you are going to treat people, choose kindness. Today, for World Kindness Day, if you’re not already doing this, I’m asking you to commit to doing small acts of kindness on a daily basis. Continue reading Unleash Your Superpower on World Kindness Day→
Thanks again to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners of our Kindness Award, Colby Phillips and Jessica Ong. Both of them go above and beyond to help others and we’re blown away by their compassion and selflessness. Their acts of kindness have rippled out and touched the lives of so many. They’re incredible and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family.