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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- In a decree from South Carolina's Governor, today, Tuesday, August 19th, has been declared Random Acts Of Kindness Day state-wide.

Governor Nikki Haley cited the recent Random Acts Of Kindness done by Midlands people, going the extra mile to help others in our community through random acts of good deeds.

For the last 11 weeks, WLTX devoted time each Tuesday morning to spotlight those who take steps to help others, without any expectation of repayment or return.

Over this time, we noted fellow Midlands residents who pay it forward through random acts of kindness, like a surprise purchase of another customer's meal or groceries, donations of products or services that some otherwise could not afford, and sometimes returning the favor by Paying it Forward to another.

Today, and every day, do a Random Act Of Kindness, because doing even a seemingly small thing can have great impact upon others.

FULL TEXT OF PROCLAMATION:

Governor's Proclamation

WHEREAS, scientific research suggests that kindness increases an individual's feelings of happiness and strengthens one's immune system; and

WHEREAS, people who are the beneficiaries of random acts of kindness, from the purchase of groceries, meals, or gift cards to unexpected gifts of one's time, energy or expertise, often return the favor by paying it forward to another unsuspecting individual; and

WHEREAS, paying it forward through random acts of kindness is a way for individuals, families, and groups to promote goodwill in their communities, help a person in need, or pay tribute to people who regularly perform good deeds for others; and

WHEREAS, for the last 11 weeks, WLTX has highlighted random acts of kindness from citizens in all 11 counties of the Midlands; and

WHEREAS, the performance of random acts of kindness by citizens in the entire State of South Carolina helps make the Palmetto State a great place to live, work, and learn.

NOW, THEREFORE, I,Nikki R. Haley, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim August 19, 2014, as

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY

throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to take advantage of the opportunity to pay it forward with kindness in an effort to promote goodwill within our communities

Nikki R. Haley

Governor

State of South Carolina

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