New group set to spread random acts of kindness in Boston


A new group set up to encourage random acts of kindness in Boston will launch in the New Year - by feeding 200 people for free.

The project is based on a simple idea - do a good deed for someone and ask only that they do a good deed for someone else in return.

Whether simply taking out your neighbours’ bins or buying a hot drink for a homeless person - all the project asks is that the good deed has a positive impact on somebody’s life.

The project is being organised by Mick Taylor, of Taylor ITEX, with the help of individuals and other organisations.

“We have got plans to launch it throughout Boston and thought we could start with the mass gifting of a three course meal at Fenside Community Centre on New Year’s Day,” he said.

The aim is to feed people who may be alone on the day or those who may struggle to feed themselves and family a decent meal on January 1. Up to 200 people can be fed throughout the day.

“It seems as though the churches and Salvation Army have got Christmas all wrapped up where feeding people is concerned - so we thought we would kick off the New Year with something like this,” said Mick.

“Come along and join us. There is no catch - we just ask that people who come along ‘pay it forward’ - and pass on a good deed to three other people when they feel they can. This is not just about feeding people - it’s about encouraging mass good deeds for others at sporadic times.”

He added: “I think the whole world needs more of this kind of thing, not just Boston.”

Pay it Forward began in America with its origins in literature. It later went on to become a Hollywood film.

Those who wish to join in the New Year’s Day meal are asked to book in advance if they can - but people can also drop in on the day and the group will aim to fit them in.

The event runs from 12-5pm at Fenside Community Centre, in Taverner Road, Boston. Call 01205 352654 to book a place or volunteer for the project.