ACTS OF KINDNESS: A Clarence Valley community member has started Feathers in the Clarence, in which they give out gifts to random, or sometimes particular people as an act of kindness.
ACTS OF KINDNESS: A Clarence Valley community member has started Feathers in the Clarence, in which they give out gifts to random, or sometimes particular people as an act of kindness. Caitlan Charles

It all started with one random act of kindness

ARE you one of the lucky people in the Clarence Valley to find, or be given, a gift from Feathers In The Clarence?

It is the initiative of a local community member, who wishes to remain anonymous, doing their bit to put a smile on the faces of everyone around them.

"I'm trying to create a random act of kindness in the Clarence Valley," they told the Daily Examiner.

"It's something that I've wanted to do for years and years and I finally had the opportunity to do it.

"I did my first anonymous drop off to someone that I knew a few months ago, who was going through a really difficult time and nobody knew.

"She wasn't a close friend, just somebody I knew and I gauged her reaction through Facebook.

"It meant so much to her that that I thought if it had that affect on one person, it could have a positive affect on a lot of other people as well."

They said just one small act of kindness can make a big impact on people's lives.

'Feathers In The Clarence' said there is the opportunity for people to do small things to help others in the Valley, especially at a time when so many people are dealing with mental health issues.

"With the sadnesses that are happening in the Valley lately, it's an issue we all know of, and is there is something we can do that can help with that," they said.

"I have two definite (helpers), and when I did the drop last month, a lot of people paid it forward, which was really special," they said.

For their first gift drop, they put out about 16 gifts.

"I had at least six confirmed recipients, and I had my children helped and they were able to hand deliver some, just to people sitting around," they said.

The community member went with the feather motif as a way of symbolising what they were doing.

"Feathers are a symbol of freedom, of strength, and so many different things so I thought that would be a good way (to connect all the acts of kindness together)."

The next Random Act of Kindness Bomb is set for March 5.

The Daily Examiner has suppressed the identity of Feathers in the Clarence to help keep the random acts of kindness anonymous.



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