Tia, a Berry admin from Washington, emailed me just a couple of days ago, about something amazing her kids decided to do.
“2 years ago, the first #RAKit week inspired us to want to take it to the next level. We had kids: we didn’t go out, we didn’t have extra money. So going and buying someone a beer or coffee, which seemed to be the common RAK, wasn’t really an option for us. So the kids and us made 120 of these handprint flowers, with little messages like Be Kind and Smile on them. We took the kids to a local park and had them pass them out to people walking by. The reaction was a mixture of annoyance (thinking the kids were trying to sell something), surprise, smiles, and for the most part AWESOME. Watching the kids interact with people and see the impact they were making on others was PRICELESS. And so our tradition began… ‘HANDing out RAKs.’ Halloween, Valentine’s day, Mardi Gras, and just random days, we would have the kids make handprint crafts (one time it was little bees that said BEE KIND and another another time was Mardi Gras beads haha) with messages and take them to a park and let them loose. This year we are going with a Pokémon theme because we have noticed how many people are out and about, smiling at each other, and conversing all because they share a common hobby.”