People are running amok with kindness this weekend. March 5 and 6 is the Annual Melee of Kindness, during which hundreds of participants around the world will make the day a little brighter for someone else. Random Acts, the non-profit organization founded by Misha Collins that aims to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time, started the Annual Melee of Kindness in 2012. The number of participants, the variety of acts, and the hours of charity donated have increased every year as more and more people are inspired to make a difference.
In a 2014 Facebook post about the Annual Melee of Kindness, Misha Collins explains how an act of kindness made a difference in his own life:
“By way of introduction, let me tell you a story … When I was a kid, we didn’t have a lot of money and a woman driving by saw me and my mom sleeping in a tent on the side of the road. She stopped and talked to my mom, and an hour later we had checked into a motel and were walking to Abdow’s Big Boy, a burger place, with a $14 gift certificate in our hands. This kind stranger had seen that we were down on our luck, she stopped and she paid for us to have a good night’s sleep and a hot meal. I was 6 years old and I’m still talking about it. That one simple gesture from a stranger has stuck with me my whole life.”
The Annual Melee of Kindness encourages people to actively participate in acts of kindness such as donation drives, distributing care packages to those in need, reaching out to friends and neighbors, eliciting joy, and recognizing the contributions of others. The event allows participants to help others in their community through acts that express their creativity. Random Acts structures the concept and event timeframe, while creating a space where participants can share the acts of kindness they’ve engaged in with the AMOK community.
The freeform nature of Random Acts’ Annual Melee of Kindness allows participants to find ways to give to their community that falls within their capacity and desire. Though it’s an annual weekend event, it can have a long-lasting impact on an individual or community. Upon engaging in an initial act of kindness through AMOK, some participants continue their work making a difference in others’ lives.
It’s not too late to sign up for this weekend’s Annual Melee of Kindness through their Facebook page. Follow the tag #AMOK2016 to learn about the hundreds of acts of kindness occurring throughout the globe.