To The Daily Sun,

I am initiating a Kindness Campaign! Like most of you, I love our little Lakes Region Community. And like you, I enjoy reading the news. But I really enjoy reading good news! I grew up in Laconia, moved away after college, and have since settled down here again, this time as a parent. I feel nervous and cautious about raising my children in today's society. I pray they grow up to be responsible citizens who make good decisions and succeed in life with solid values and morals. I have decided to perform random acts of kindness all around the Lakes Region as opportunities present themselves. I only ask that you pay it forward — do something nice for someone else! Our community is filled with good people and good news already, but what better way to spread the wealth, put smiles on people's faces, and start hearing less about drugs, vandalism, and other crimes and more about the positive impact we can all have on each other.

Just letting the car out in front of you in traffic makes two of you feel good; how about shoveling your neighbor's driveway, scraping snow off of a stranger's car, taking someone's emptied trash bins from the curb to their garage for them? If you have the means, buy coffee for the driver in line behind you at the Dunkin' Donuts drive through. Hand an umbrella out your window when driving by a person walking in the rain without one. The opportunities are endless — random acts of kindness can be big or small, it doesn't matter. What matters is that when someone holds the door open for you, you smile and feel grateful, right? Then you hold it open for the next person. It's a chain reaction of goodness and my hope for the Lakes Region is that this becomes a giant domino effect.

I have started a website:

Whenever someone does something nice for you, please visit my website and leave your comments. I would love to read more and more comments each day about what people are doing for others in our community! (Or just visit it anyway to read my blog and the comments other people are leaving.) My children and I will make an effort to perform at least one random act of kindness a day. On some days we will drive to different towns, seeking the perfect opportunity; other days we might just be urging you to go ahead of us in line at the grocery store check-out so you don't have to wait as long. So who's with me?!

N. Fernandez


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