Be Kind To Humankind is a celebration of people and the kind acts that they perform all across the globe. Our website’s purpose is to share positive news, stories, photos, videos, poems, quotes, thoughts and more.
Be Kind To Humankind was created in August of 1988 by Lorraine Jara in Toms River, New Jersey.
I created this celebration in light of a very upsetting newspaper article I read. The article dealt with the story of 2 young men, both in their 20’s, who were boating in our local town’s waterways. Apparently, they were in a small rowboat, which overturned. The story went on to say that as they clung to the overturned vessel, 2 young ladies in another boat plucked them out of the cold water. The ladies did not have a motor boat or a radio on board their vessel to call land for help. 2 maybe 3 other power-operated boats with radio antenna’s passed them by, refusing their calls for help. One passing boater reportedly said, “We don’t want to be bothered.” Understandably, I grew very “bothered” by their reaction. When finally rescued, one of the young men died.
I was so devastated after reading this article that I felt something had to be done in honor and memory of the deceased young man.
I phoned his family and asked permission to have a memorial erected in a park where he lived, and understandably they thanked me but refused. They were too grief stricken to think about it. I then thought…well, they have Be Kind to Animals Week so why not celebrate “Be Kind to Humankind!!!” That was in August of 1988!
Times continue to change and the “me” generations of the 80’s, and 90’s has now become the “WE” generation of the new millennium! People need people; it is as simple as that! In order to have the power to make the world a better place, we must first change our attitudes for the better.
Signs of positive change surround us if only we choose to see and hear them. Songs of peace and brotherhood, nations coming together in effort for peaceful solutions and acts of kindness witnessed every day. Also, there are websites devoted to spreading kindness and good news! We have the power to create our own good news if we choose to do so!
“Be Kind to Humankind” has received much publicity since its start. It is included in “Chase’s Book of Annual Events”, along with other event booklets which you can find listed under “Publications”. Along with the many radio interviews I have conducted as creator of this event, publicity has also included many newspaper and magazine articles and an abundant number of people who are promoting BK2HK on their website. If you go to Google and search for “Be Kind to Humankind” you will find the websites mentioned and you will also find many on-line magazines and radio commentaries focusing on BK2HK. Please use the quotations ( “Be Kind to Humankind Week”) when searching.. I have received inspirational replies from former President Ronald Reagan and former President George Bush Sr. I have received replies from television personality Oprah Winfrey, actress Shirley MacLaine and songwriters Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel.
Of the utmost importance though, are the many positive e-mails of support we receive from people all over the world! Thanks to YOUR support, “Be Kind to Humankind” continues to grow.
This event began with me, one person, and has successfully reached and enriched many lives. With your continued show of support and enthusiasm, “Be Kind to Humankind” will continue to inspire, comfort and enrich many more lives!
With Kindest Regards,
Lorraine Jara, Owner/Founder