Day of Kindness reaches out to community

A Day of Kindness happens in Princeton Saturday, Aug. 15, at multiple locations.
A Day of Kindness happens in Princeton Saturday, Aug. 15, at multiple locations.

Saturday, Aug. 15, is gearing up to be a special day in the Princeton area.
That’s because it’s the Day of Kindness, a day where businesses and organizations are reaching out to not only people in need, but people who want to make Princeton a better place to live and work.
Free, fun events are planned for everybody, said Robyn Bayerl, a former director at the Caley House assisted living facility in Princeton. Bayerl founded His Givers, a faith-based service organization that operates the Thift with a Twist thrift store in Princeton. Bayerl is one of the driving forces behind the Day of Kindness.
The Day of Kindness was born when Rum River Auto owner Troy Minske sought to reach out to people in need in the community by offering some of his business services to them to help make ends meet.
“I wanted to find a way to give back,” Minske said.
“We all know people who are struggling, but because of their pride, they might not reach out for help,” Minske said.
He wanted to change that, but he didn’t know how to identify people who might need a helping hand.
Minske reached out to Bayerl and Kevin Fox, pastor of Freshwaters United Methodist Church.
He was hoping the two might give him information on how to identify the people he was trying to reach – or better yet, he thought, they might be able to give them some names.
Instead, Minske provided them with the inspiration to call community leaders into action and help people not only via Rum River Auto, but throughout the entire Princeton community.
Through the Day of Kindness, people in need will be offered clothes, a meal, personal care items, oil changes and car check-ups, quilts and food and even a makeover with a new haircut.
School-age children will be able to receive a new backpack full of school supplies at Christ Our Light Catholic Church. Princeton High School student and local Girl Scout Miranda Janssen is making the giveaway possible as part of a community service project associated with her earning her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Free events include admission to the Splash Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., a hot dog lunch at First Congregational Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a movie and art project at Central Minnesota Art Co-op, a story time with Maisy the Mouse at noon at the library, basketball and swimming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Princeton Fitness, sweet treats at Sterling Pointe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and ice cream sundaes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream.
“Being the first Day of Kindness, none of us really know what to expect,” Bayerl said.
“But by showing kindness, hopefully it will blossom into a lot more,” said Sarah Anderson, a His Givers board member.