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The Great Kindness Challenge, developed by non-profit Kids for Peace, aimed to create a culture of kindness in elementary, middle, and high schools worldwide. The event challenges participating students to complete at least 50 acts of kindness in one week.
In addition to Dignity Health serving as presenting sponsor of the challenge, many of Dignity Health’s more than 62,000 executives, employees, and physicians, including Dignity Health Northridge Hospital employees, will be taking the Great Kindness Challenge alongside millions of students worldwide. During the week, Northridge Hospital physicians and staff will have completed 50 kind acts within the hospital and its community such as, picking up trash in their neighborhood, or surprising a patient with a flower, effectively "matching" the students' good deeds. Some schools have participated in creating “Get Well” cards for many patients in the pediatric wards and other service areas in the hospital.
Additionally, 5 other area hospitals will sponsor hundreds of local area schools, 6 area schools approved with students, teachers and staff for media. Dignity Health Northridge Hospital has adopted close to 82 schools in support of t-shirts, art supplies and materials for next weeks activities.
Last year, The 2016 Great Kindness Challenge was a record-breaking year with more than 5 million students completing more than 250 million acts of kindness. This year, even more students plan to participate alongside thousands of Dignity Health employees. This is the fourth year Dignity Health’s Dignity Health Northridge Hospital has participated in the challenge sponsoring 32 local area Valley schools.
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Christina Zicklin, Southern California External Communications Director