Fontana Kindness Challenge

These residents in a local neighborhood gathered together for a fun Sunday Social that was inspired by the Fontana Kindness Challenge.

Every year, the City of Fontana along with cities across the country host National Night Out to invite the community to come together and build relationships with their neighbors and first responders.

The best way to build safer communities is to get to know each other through meaningful in-person interactions.

Our National Night Out at Miller Park on Aug. 6 was a great example of our wonderful residents coming together to build bridges of understanding with one another, which is why it was the perfect opportunity to launch the Fontana Kindness Challenge for the month of August.

The challenge was inspired by 11-year-old Ruben Martinez’s El Paso Challenge to complete 22 random acts of kindness.

Everyone has been asking me what we can do to rise above the hateful acts that have occurred around the country. The solution begins with you and me. We can all do something, and that is to be kind to one another.

Let’s come together in solidarity to be part of the solution. Actions and words have the power to hurt or heal. We want to inspire kindness in Fontana to help those struggling among us to heal. You never know who may be nearing their breaking point.

I encourage you all to be mindful about what you can do to bring a smile to someone’s face or make someone’s day. It doesn’t take much to spread a random act of kindness each day this month. Random acts of kindness are contagious and can make a difference in the lives that need it the most.

Kindness is powerful, and I encourage each of you to pass it on. It’s as simple as smiling at a stranger, providing a compliment, holding a door open for someone -- the list is unlimited.

Just recently, as part of the “challenge,” residents hosted an impromptu Sunday Social on their street, inviting neighbors over for hot dogs, ice cream and good old fashioned in-person conversations. They mentioned that it was magical watching everyone getting to know each other.

Take a break to witness all the good that exists in our community and realize you have the power to make a difference, and your superpower is kindness.

We encourage you and your neighbors to perform a random act of kindness by tagging your friends on social media and challenging them to the #FontanaKindnessChallenge. I think this is one challenge we can all do together.

(Acquanetta Warren is the mayor of Fontana.)

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