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Why is the Walls of Kindness a KIND Thing?

Up in the mountains of northwest Iran in Mashhad winters can be particularly harsh. In December of 2015, an anonymous local decided to do something to help the homeless population, so they painted a colourful mural on a wall and installed peg and hooks for clothes.  Beside that was painted a message that said: “If you don’t need it, leave it.  If you need it, take it.”  The local community was inspired and started leaving warm clothing items for those in need.   Soon more walls of kindness were created around the city and local business owners became inspired to create their own acts of kindness.  Local bakeries place baskets of bread in front of their store for those in need to help themselves.  Restaurants started giving their customers the opportunity to buy a meal that gets suspended and a notice goes up on their notice board so that anyone in need of a meal could see what is available and redeem the meal free of charge. Even the musicians busking in the streets started leaving signs on their tip containers that encouraged anyone in need to take what they needed!  This is a custom that has taken root and continues to this day.

 

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