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April is a great month to practice kindness

While we practice kindness every day at Ecumenical Retirement Community, our co-workers and residents make a special effort to practice kind acts every April to honor the organization’s co-founder, Mary Jane Leader.

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Mary Jane Leader

Mrs. Leader was a daily example of kindness to others. She and her husband, the late Gov. George M. Leader, founded Ecumenical Retirement Community upon treating people with kindness. And she inspired her family members and co-workers to do the same for others. Her birthday was in April, and we salute her memory by reminding everyone to brighten someone’s day through a random act of kindness. You may find it will brighten yours too.

Random acts of kindness can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, helping someone with their groceries or just paying a visit. Acts of kindness aren’t about money, or even planning. It’s about finding a moment to make a small difference in another person’s life. Some ideas from our residents and co-workers include:

      • Passing out flowers to random shoppers at a local grocery store.
      • Returning a shopping cart to the store for a busy shopper.
      • Picking up the tab for the car behind you in a drive-thru line.
      • Giving busy clerks a smile.
      • Sharing your umbrella on a rainy day.

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Michael Leader, president & CEO, says, “Every single day I am inspired by my co-workers when I see acts of kindness—big or small. Many times these kind gestures are done without thought, which speaks to the truly caring nature of our team. It reminds me of my parents’ compassion and what they instilled in my family and in turn, the Ecumenical culture.”

Everyone is encouraged to join in the kindness. Start by stopping the front desk of any of our buildings where you can pick up free window clings and bumper stickers displaying this simple yet powerful message. Kindness cards also are available to give to those in need of a pick-me-up.

For additional ideas and inspiration, click here for 51 ways to be kind to seniors.

If you would like to share an act you observed or one in which you practiced, please share it with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These inspiring stories are worth sharing!

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