Whether it’s a passing smile, a kind word or a donated sleeping bag — Cool to be Kind Week in Kamloops can be all of those things.
Kelly Kelland, chief executive officer of Interior Community Services, watched in the agency’s parking lot Monday morning as drummers from the Skeetchestn Indian Band marked the kickoff for the week.
“It’s growing,” she said of Cool to be Kind’s tenth year.
“We were on the bridge this morning, got lots of honks and waves.”
Last year, ICS had people helping others cross Third Avenue at Columbia Street. They got their own random act of kindness when ASK Wellness staff served them lunch, Kelland said.
This year, the other big public day is Thursday, when free chili and coffee are being served up at its 396 Tranquille Rd. location.
The agency is accepting donations of warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags to hand out to those who need them at that chili lunch.
Kelland asked that donations be dropped off before Thursday at the Tranquille Road office or at the safe house at 1286 River St.
Family support worker Amy Fournier said Interior Community Services is doing its own internal day of caring during the week, and an external day of caring with random acts of kindness on Friday.
Cool to be Kind Week runs Oct. 7 to 13.