Kindness and free coffee will pour aplenty at The Bean Counter in Barrie on Tuesday, January 10 in celebration of Ontario’s very first Common Kindness Day, thanks to an anonymous local sponsor.
Sponsored by a mysterious local benefactor who would prefer to remain unnamed, Barrie Bean Counter will give away 100 coffees (or tea) to the first patrons through the door on Tuesday from 8:00am onwards. The complimentary caffeine hit comes with just one simple catch: each person to receive a free coffee is asked to pay the kindness forward to another local.
The local benefactor founded the unofficial holiday Common Kindness Day to encourage Ontarians to appreciate the small acts of kindness that happen every day and pay them forward to others in their community.
“We created Common Kindness Day because we firmly believe in the kindness of strangers and the importance of creating strong community bonds,” the mystery benefactor said. “We’ve collaborated with some of the best independent coffee shops across Ontario to kick-start the acts of goodwill by buying patrons their morning brew. It will be exciting to see how the acts of kindness ripple throughout Barrie after that.”
“This day is about bolstering community spirit and paying it forward. Everyone who receives a free beverage is encouraged to find a way to pay that small kindness forward – treat another stranger to their cup of coffee, or find some other way to make someone’s day a little brighter. Whatever people choose to do, we only hope that they do it with kindness.”