St. Mary Medical Center Partners With Long Beach Schools For “Great Kindness Challenge”

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Hundreds of students throughout Long Beach—and thousands throughout Southern California—are taking up the “Great Kindness Challenge” during the week of January 26 – 30. The Challenge inspires youth across the region to promote positive change by embracing the power of showing kindness to others – similar to Dignity Health’s business philosophy and tradition of caring. Students are demonstrating their personal way of showing kindness by such things as offering to help the school custodian, writing “Thank You” notes to the school nurse on a Band-Aid, bringing in a book to donate to the Long Beach Public Library, among dozens of other thoughtful deeds.

It’s all part of an anti-bullying initiative created by the non-profit organization “Kids for Peace” dedicated to creating a culture of kindness in elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide. It’s called The Great Kindness Challenge, and it encourages participating students to complete 50 acts of kindness in one week. The Great Kindness Challenge is currently on target to have more than two million students enrolled for 2015, which will amount to 100 million acts of kindness in schools nationwide.

Locally, Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center is partnering with several Long Beach schools—including Addams, Bixby and Birney elementary schools—to support their kindness efforts. “We’re very happy to partner with these schools to promote service, kindness and emphasizing the value of ‘paying it forward’ in the community” said Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center President/CEO Joel P. Yuhas. “The Great Kindness Challenge is just another way we at St. Mary Medical Center live out our mission and values.”

It’s not just the schools participating. St. Mary Medical Center physicians and staff are also taking up the challenge, collecting food to be donated to the Foodbank of Southern California, and clothing to be donated to various homeless support agencies.

“We’re delighted to be sponsoring and supporting a powerful and positive education program that we hope others will embrace,” said Yuhas.

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