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Dignity Health, which operates the Mercy, Methodist, Woodland and Sierra Nevada affiliate hospitals in the greater Sacramento region, is joining the kindness movement that is sweeping across the nation, as the presenting sponsor and active participant of the Great Kindness Challenge, taking place Jan. 26-30, 2015.
The Great Kindness Challenge, created by non-profit Kids for Peace, is a bullying prevention initiative dedicated to creating a culture of kindness in elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. The event challenges participating students to complete 50 acts of kindness in one week. The Great Kindness Challenge is currently on target to have more than two million students enrolled for 2015, which will amount to 100 million acts of kindness in schools nationwide.
In addition to serving as a presenting sponsor of the Great Kindness Challenge, many of Dignity Health’s more than 65,000 executives, employees, and physicians will be taking the Great Kindness Challenge alongside the students that week, effectively “matching” their good deeds in hospital, clinic, and office settings.
“Kindness is the foundation of our healing ministry, and we are proud to support the Great Kindness Challenge for the second year,” said president/CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd H. Dean. “The Great Kindness Challenge is one of the most powerful forces in creating a culture of kindness, beginning with our nation’s young people. When one act is completed, it creates a ripple of kindness that effectively has no end.”
To learn more about what kindness means to kids, Dean recently spoke with dozens of students from San Francisco’s Mission Dolores Academy, one of the schools taking part in the Great Kindness Challenge. The students responses and insights into kindness were shared with Dignity Health employees to inspire them and their in-hospital participation in the upcoming Great Kindness Challenge, and culminated in a video released today: Kids Say the Kindest Things.
Follow Dignity Health’s local acts of kindness, at facebook.com/DignityHealthSacramento or twitter.com/dignityhlthsac.
To learn more or participate in the Great Kindness Challenge, please visit dignityhealth.org/GKC. Join the conversation at #DignityHealthGKC.