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What will help inspire you to random acts of kindness?: Editorial

Posted 2/13/19

There are good and giving people all around us.

When you get depressed or distracted by national politics, or even local flareups, or when you hear of random acts of violence in central …

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What will help inspire you to random acts of kindness?: Editorial

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There are good and giving people all around us.

When you get depressed or distracted by national politics, or even local flareups, or when you hear of random acts of violence in central Pennsylvania and you wonder what this world is coming to, keep that simple fact in mind.

Because people doing random acts of kindness, even small ones, can change lives.

Dave Lidle is one of those people. He has made the “subway” that goes under the railroad tracks behind Karns on South Union Street his personal project. In 2017, we reported on how he cleaned up the trash and graffiti in the subway, something he says he continues to do twice a week.

Now, he has added more positive acts. Lidle has been hanging the bags at the entrance to the subway for several weeks. They contain hats, gloves, scarves and socks. He has refilled the fence six times and estimates that he has left about 150 pieces of clothing, which he buys at Dollar Tree.

People can take what they need, no questions asked, he told our Laura Hayes for a recent story.

“It’s my way of helping out in the way that I can,” he told us.

Phrases such as “Be kind” and words such as “Love” are written on the back of the bags. The front of the bag reads, “I am not lost … please take me!! God bless you!”

Lidle said he was inspired after he saw a news report of someone doing something similar in York.

Will his story inspire you to do your own acts? We realize you might not have the time or means to do something like Dave Lidle is doing, but if you look around, there are always opportunities.

Sometimes just giving a few dollars can make a difference.

Donations are being accepted at Kuppy’s Diner to help a Middletown man, a Navy veteran, who lost most of his possessions in a house fire in the 600 block of South Union Street recently.

Kevan Kern was sleeping on the couch downstairs when his barking Rottweiler woke him.

Two GoFundMe campaigns have been started to raise money for Kern, and they have raised more than $2,000, in addition to what is taken in at Kuppy’s. Kudos to those who are able to give.

We don’t know what you can do. It is up to you to decide how simple random acts can make our community better. But if you look around, opportunities abound.

You also might want to keep a date in mind: Feb. 17. That is Random Acts of Kindness Day (yes, everything has its own day nowadays). You can go to www.randomactsofkindness.org for details — and for suggestions. Some are easy and cost nothing. Pick up trash around town. Ask a senior about their past. Tutor someone. Be polite on the road. Write a positive comment on a website or blog (yes, positive comments are allowed on social media!).

Do something. You just might find you like it and want to do it again. And again.

You can make the world a better place.