Mayors spur kindness contest
Which borough will be king of kindness? Royersford or Pottstown?
We’ve all hear the phrase — Random Act of Kindness.
If not, here’s an example: You’re walking down the street, you drop your wallet stuffed full of 20s, and some random pedestrian you’ve never seen before chases you down and says “hey you dropped your wallet.”
Royersford Mayor Jenna Antoniewicz would like to see more of it.
So, in the wake of the bullying, racist and homophobic comments endured by Mark Barbee, the mayor of Bridgeport, and the participating in signing a letter with nine other Montgomery Mayors in support of him, Antoniewicz decided the world needs more kindness.
On her mayor’s Facebook page, she challenged residents of Royersford to post on her page about experiences they’ve had with random acts of kindness, hoping for a total of 35 by Oct. 24.
Pottstown Mayor Stephanie Henrick saw that and called her kindness, upping the ante by 965.
“She has asked for 35 posts of random acts of kindness to be posted by recipients and she’s giving everyone until Oct. 24,” Henrick said during her mayor’s report at the Oct. 3 work session of Pottstown Borough Council
“I’m giving everyone until Oct. 31, and because Royersford is much smaller than Pottstown and we have 23,000 or more residents, I am going to ask for 1,000 posts from recipients of random acts of kindness,” Henrick said.
Mayor Antoniewicz has started a random acts of kindness in Royersford, so I am copying her and I declare October to be Random Acts of Kindness Month in Pottstown, said Henrick.
Antoniewicz laughed when informed Henrick had stolen her idea.
“Well that’s fair, because I stole it from someone else,” she said.
It began several years ago when Antoniewicz met a woman at the Limerick Community Park named Jill Anoia. They had begun at a church, forming a group called Simply Positive Kids, which gathers people together and then sends them out into the wider community to conduct “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness,” according to their Facebook page.
“Last year, they had over 1,000 people and so on Oct 1, I decided since my 35th birthday is on Oct. 24, that I would ask people to commit 35 acts of random kindness by my birthday, Antoniewicz explained.
“But sure, if Mayor Henrick wants to up the ante, Royersford is game,” she said. “Everyone likes a friendly rivalry, so you can tell Pottstown ‘it’s on,’” she said with a laugh.
Any act is eligible, said Henrick. “Be it your friend bought you a drink at the pub, you came down to Edgewood Cemetery and loaned us a riding mower, you volunteered at an event, what have you,”
She asking such acts to be posted on her Facebook page, as is Antoniewicz, who is also asking her constituents to post them on Twitter using the hashtag — #RoFoRAKs2018.
Pottstown Mayor Stephanie Henrick
Royersford Mayor Jenna Antoniewicz