“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” ~Margaret Mead
Red Bank, NJ: Nine years ago, Life Vest Inside’s video, Kindness Boomerang "One Day," was filmed in Red Bank, NJ. This video reminds us of how a simple act of kindness can change the life of another and become contagious. Kindness Boomerang "One Day" as of today has amassed over 31 million views on YouTube to date.
VIDEO: It's Contagious! See Kindness Video by Life Vest Inside, filmed in Red Bank, NJ, with over 31 million views:
To launch World Kindness Week 2019, on Saturday, November 10th, the streets of Red Bank were energized by dancers on a mission to promote kindness. Red Bank along with over 120 cities, in 50 countries and an estimated 20,000 participants worldwide, kicked off international kindness week with a Flash Mob Dance routine full of positive energy. It seems fitting that it coincides with Veterans Day, a day to honor those who selflessly gave of themselves to serve and protect others.
Life Vest Inside, a grassroots non-profit organization on a mission to empower and unite the world with kindness, has sponsored this worldwide "Dance for Kindness" event for the last 9 years. It is part of the global celebration that inspires, empowers and educates people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness, showing that regardless of differences in race, religion, ethnicity culture and background - the common thread that unites us all is kindness.
This year the global impact was even greater as Dance For Kindness supported non-profit organizations all around the world. The non-profit chosen for Red Bank's Dance For Kindness was JBJ Soul Kitchen. JBJ Soul Kitchen is a non-profit Community Restaurant, run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, that serves both paying and in-need customers.
In addition to the flash mob dance led by JayJay Figueroa from USA Ballroom in Shrewsbury, kindness chalk drawings and messages were written in the streets by participants, along with a community drum circle led by Dave Miller.
Terese Rölke, Red Bank's DFK Group Leader for the past 7 years said, "People participating in Dance For Kindness absolutely enjoy this event and come back each year to promote kindness. This event unites the local community and supports DFK's mission of kindness, compassion and empathy. Once again this year, the event took kindness a step further by supporting a local non-profit. This year we are thrilled to support JBJ Soul Kitchen!"
Terese continued, “JayJay Figueroa, an instructor from USA Ballroom in Shrewsbury, has been supporting this event year after year, in addition to T.J. Matthews and Brian Stark, owners of USA Ballroom. I appreciate their dedication and the many hours of rehearsal time they give to this event. This year the Monmouth University students joined us, led by dance instructor and choreographer Ekaterina Bronshteyn.”