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Random Acts of Kindness = Free Coffee

February 16, 2010
In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week from February 15-21, United Way’s Volunteer Center and select local locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are teaming up to encourage niceties among Las Vegans.

Good Samaritans will be rewarded with a free specialty coffee drink on Monday, February 22 or Tuesday, February 23, as a thank you for their random act of kindness. Coupons for the complimentary regular-sized specialty drink will be emailed to those who report their nice gesture online at coffeebeanlv.com/kindness, and are redeemable at neighborhood locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Las Vegas and Henderson.

“The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Nevada is a locally owned and operated organization that cares about the people in its community, so partnering with the United Way and the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada for Random Acts of Kindness Week was a natural fit,” said Phil Patent, president and chief operating officer for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Nevada franchise. “We are proud to support the pay-it-forward concept and can’t wait to see what niceties are reported online.”

United Way’s Volunteer Center is offering ideas for qualifying activities throughout the week by posting inspirational messages on its Facebook and Twitter pages. “A random act of kindness can be very simple,” said Robin Kelley, director of the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada. “Ideas range from simply writing a thank you note to someone, or complimenting everyone you encounter on a single day, to donating blood or volunteering your time through our center.”

Further ideas and suggestions on random acts of kindness and more information about the promotion can be found at coffeebeanlv.com/kindness. Those looking to volunteer their time during this national week of humanitarianism should visit the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada at VolunteerCenterSN.org, or follow United Way on Facebook or Twitter (uwsn.org/connected).

For more information on Nevada’s The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, visit http://www.coffeebeanlv.com/.

About The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States. The Company has more than 520 stores, 275 of which are company owned and 245 are franchised. The first Nevada location opened in November 2001 by local entrepreneur Jeff Fine and has grown to a total of 15 coffee and tea shops. http://www.coffeebeanlv.com/

Need Some Inspiration?  
 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou (American poet, 1928)

Random acts of kindness can be as simple as holding the door open for the person behind you, letting someone go ahead of you at the grocery store or paying someone a sincere compliment.  The great thing about random acts of kindness is that they can be done anywhere, any time and throughout the year.  Check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for ideas that can be implemented at school, at work or in your community.  There are also quotes and stories to help inspire you to share some kindness to those around you.

Another option is to “Pay it Forward” which became a movement after the film featuring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment debuted in 2000.  Visit the Pay it Forward Foundation for stories, school toolkits and great ways to get involved.

Be sure to connect with us through our social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, MySpace) for more words of inspiration, acts of kindness ideas and opportunities to volunteer.  We’ll post something new every day of the week.  If you complete one of the suggested acts of kindness or volunteer at one of our suggested opportunities be sure to come back and let us know what happened.  We welcome comments and pictures from your acts of kindness.

“No kind action ever stops with itself.  One kind action leads to another.  Good example is followed.  A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.  The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” 
– Amelia Earhart (First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 1897-1937)

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