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Just in: Kindness is contagious

Nevada County, your response to and support of Anew Day’s First Annual RAKE (Random Acts of Kindness Event) was incredible! We appreciate your heartfelt participation in this very special and unique event. Together, we raised over $12,000 but more importantly, 200 participants poured over 750 hours of kindness into our community in one day!

Our RAKE teams completed over 30 assigned projects which included:

– Deck re-construction at Little Friends Preschool donated and labored by TruLine Builders and Caseywood,

– Painting at Twin Ridges Home Study in Nevada City,

– School and garden clean up at Nevada City School of the Arts, Scotten School and Bell Hill Academy.

– Trash clean up at Memorial Park, Condon Park and Pioneer Park.

– A team assisted with packing and moving Women of Worth storage, while another team assisted SYRCL with their barbecue preparation for their amazing river clean-up volunteers.

– More than 100 people received free clothing from The Karing Closet of Nevada County.

– Four of the RAKE teams visited Eskaton, Bret Harte, Brunswick Village, Cascades of Grass Valley, Golden Empire Convalescent and Sierra View Manor assisted living homes to hand out flowers and give hugs to the residents.

– 500 people were blessed with a beautiful flower in Nevada County! Not to mention countless other random acts of kindness!

This year, Anew Day has chosen NEO as our nonprofit to pay it forward. We understand the importance of reaching our youth before they become adults with lifelong addictions and brokenness. Together, we can make Nevada County the kindest community by performing random acts of kindness every day!

RAKE was the proof that kindness truly is contagious! Just ask anyone who participated this year … it’s a family-friendly event that you won’t want to miss next year! So save the date for RAKE 2015 – Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

Crystal Marchinek, community outreach director


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