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Festive community heroes

Christmas is all about kindness – and these people are going the extra mile for their neighbourhood

To quote the popular Christmas film, Love Actually, “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around” – and although it might sound cheesy, that’s the case with these community stars. From helping the homeless to providing festive fun for children with autism, these projects make sure kindness is spread to all.

The Rainbow Cards Project

You might associate the festive season with red, gold and green colours – but one project is making sure December is rainbow-coloured. Founder of The Rainbow Cards Project, Ellis Robert-Wright, who is transsexual (and wants to be know as they) earlier this year, decided to send Christmas cards to LGBTQ people who have been rejected by their families. What began as a solo effort to show empathy and solidarity to other members of the gay community when Ellis tweeted saying they would send cards to those disowned by their family, rapidly took off to become a global scheme. To date, the project has sent over 12,000 cards since the project began in 2017. While, Ellis was lucky enough to be supported by their parents when they came out, Ellis appreciates that this isn’t the case for everyone and wanted to stop others feeling isolated as a result. People can get involved in both sending and receiving cards, and the non-profit organisation takes donations, too.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Looking back over 2019, if there is one person who has made their presence and message known, it’s Greta Thunberg. The passionate girl who skipped school to protest climate change has seen unprecedented media attention and created a movement bigger than anyone could have expected. At the tender age of 16 years old, she has achieved more than most will in their lifetimes. But she’s not the only one standing up for what they believe in and creating positive change. This issue we have rounded up some of our heroes of the past year, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Genesis Butler, and we are so grateful to these people for using their platforms for good. But it isn’t just the big names that need celebrating. Since the start of Be Kind, we have given the spotlight to the smaller, but no less significant, names doing their bit to improve the planet and the lives of those on it. We have met some truly wonderful, selfless people who work tirelessly to create a better world. So, to all the brilliant beings setting up and running zero-waste shops, to the soup kitchens making sure homeless people receive a hot meal, to the lift sharers, the litter pickers, the plastic-free period campaigners, the animal lovers, the bee protectors, the food-waste fighters, the cruelty-free cosmetic brands, and all those trying to put a smile on the faces of those having a rough time, we thank you. The time you give up, the things you do and the messages you share make a real difference. And kindness is catching, so let’s keep spreading joy into 2020. Have a very merry Christmas, Phillipa Editor