Camas, WA — Camas Mayor Scott Higgins officially proclaimed April 2018 as the city’s #MSDKindness Month at Monday night’s City Council meeting. The proclamation is in honor of the shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and urges all citizens to honor those lives be performing random acts of kindness.
Higgins used his mayor’s time on the council agenda to bring attention to Lacamas Magazine’s #MarchKindness campaign, of which he was a part. The campaign encourages readers to report acts of kindness or service, which have been reported daily during the month of March.
“Out of that has become an interesting movement where not only are other cities looking at naming Kindness months, but states have done so, as well,” said Higgins. “If I understand correctly, Utah has done it for next month, and I think other states are following suit, as well. It’s really a neat, national thing that has its roots in Camas, WA, so we wanted to just play a part in that, and will have a proclamation read.”
When the campaign was officially adopted by Utah, it was renamed #MSDKindness and continues to spread.
The proclamation pays tribute to the victims:
- Alaina Petty, 14;
- Alex Schaffer, 14;
- Alyssa Alhadeff, 14;
- Cara Loughran, 14;
- Gina Montalto, 14;
- Jaime Gutenberg, 14;
- Martin Duque Anguiano, 14;
- Luke Hoyer, 15;
- Peter Wang, 15;
- Carmen Schentrup, 16;
- Helena Ramsay, 17;
- Joaquin Oliver, 17;
- Nicholas Dworet, 17;
- Meadow Pollack, 18;
- Scott Beigel, 35;
- Aaron Feis, 37;
- Chris Hixon, 49
“Whereas, the victims of this tragedy living exemplary lives of selfless service and showing love toward others, and Whereas, on behalf of the citizens of Camas, we pay tribute to these victims’ courageous acts of valor, their many acts of service, their kind natures and the many contributions to society they made during their lives. NOW THEREFORE, I, Scott Higgins, Mayor of the City of Camas, do hereby proclaim April, 2018, as #MSDKindness Month in the city of Camas, and urge all citizens to honor those lives by performing random acts of kindness.”
Washougal Mayor, Molly Coston, issued a similar proclamation last week for her city. She proclaimed April 2018 as #MSDKindness Month.
Citizens are encouraged to perform acts of service and kindness throughout the month and to report good things they see on social media accounts using #MSDKindness.
”We believe showing acts of service or kindness will help us get to the source of so many problems,” said Ryan Petty, the father of Alaina Petty, who was killed in the Douglas High School shooting. “It’s one part of resolving these senseless shootings.”
To learn more, visit www.MSDKindnessMonth.com