- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A yearlong effort that aimed to make Juneau a kinder place has come to an end with the start of the new year, but a new campaign will take its place.

Juneau’s Year of Kindness - an effort powered by local organizations promoting the concept with events each week - came to a conclusion Sunday, KTOO-FM reported .

The yearlong campaign was formed in an effort to bring the community together following a turbulent 2016, said Lt. Kris Sell of the Juneau Police Department.

“The inspiration that came to me, out of nowhere, was that kindness is something we can agree on,” Sell said. “You might think that love is the antithesis to the hate we see in the world, but love is a complicated concept and we don’t all agree when we see love what it actually looks like. But I think we have a wide understanding across our culture as to what kindness is.”

Sell said a committee was formed, and the idea was met with overwhelming support from the community. The committee asked local organizations to host events focused on kindness throughout the year.

“So maybe for some people it was that little nudge that gave them that push to do something they wanted to do anyway,” Sell said. “You know, sometimes we get a little shy in our lives, and this gave people something to initiate that conversation.”

ROCK Juneau, an advocacy organization on improving children’s welfare, will continue the effort with a Year of Kindness for Kids in 2018.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org


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