ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2017) — Anaheim’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution designating “City of Kindness” as the official city motto and endorsed expanded efforts to spread kindness in the city’s culture and in the community.
The Council also OK’d a proposal by Anaheim employees to create an annual Kindness in Action Day starting in early 2018 where employees volunteer their time to community service projects benefiting residents, businesses and visitors.
Projects could come from residents looking to address quality of life issues in their neighborhood or from issues identified by employees as part of their work in the city’s neighborhoods and business areas.
Anaheim also will continue to spread messages of kindness through its social media, website and publications, including Anaheim magazine and Andy Anaheim’s monthly newsletter.
“I’m very proud of what this city has done and what it is going to do,” Mayor Tom Tait said.
“Kindness is deeply ingrained in Anaheim, and adopting ‘City of Kindness’ as our official motto sends a clear message to the world about who we are and the ethos of our city.”
Anaheim is building on an initiative that started in 2010 to promote kindness as a way of building a stronger, more connected city that can better handle disasters and everyday social issues including crime, bullying, elder abuse and drug dependency.
The Council’s action also is part of the city’s celebration of World Kindness Day on Monday.
As part of the celebration, Mayor Tait will host a special screening of the kindness-themed film “Wonder” for teachers, students, volunteers, nonprofits and others working to advance kindness in Anaheim.
The screening takes place Nov. 16 at the Cinemark Century Stadium theaters next to Honda Center.
Based on The New York Times best-seller, “Wonder” tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a fifth-grade boy with facial differences who enters a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
The film, from Lionsgate, Participant Media and Walden Media, stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie’s parents and Jacob Tremblay as Auggie. The movie debuts across the country on Nov. 17.
On Wednesday, Anaheim Central Library hosted a reading from R.J. Palacio’s book “Wonder” and a discussion with elementary school kids about the importance of being kind.
Kids also got to watch a preview of the movie and take home a tool kit with fun ways for families to spread kindness.
For the next two weeks, Anaheim Public Library branches will hold a series of events celebrating “Wonder” and its message of “choose kind” — short for “when given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”
Readings from “Wonder” and kindness discussions will be held at Haskett Branch Library and the Ponderosa Joint-Use Library on Nov. 15 and 22.
You can find more by visiting Anaheim.net/library and clicking on “calendar.”
On World Kindness Day on Monday and again Nov. 16 for the “Wonder” movie screening, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center — better known as ARTIC — will be turning “Wonder” blue.
The curved roof of the station features 1,354 lights that can shine in an array of colors. The “Wonder” blue will send a message of kindness to drivers on the adjacent Orange (57) Freeway and everyone in the area.
For more about Anaheim’s City of Kindness initiative, visit Anaheim.net/kindness.