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Calaveras County Celebrating “Kindness Week”


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People in Calaveras County are being nicer than usual this week as the county is officially celebrating "Kindness Week." 

The City of Angels Camp issued a proclamation 21 years ago designating itself as the first Kindness Zone in the United States.

Now, all of Calaveras County celebrates Kindness Week and people are handing out 8,000 "Pass It On" blue ribbons to people who commit random acts of kindness. 

Jim Bergantz came up with the idea and says the ripples of kindness are still spreading.

"We just need more love in the world, we need to be more kind especially if somebody is in a hurry or something,” he says. “We need to maybe let them go ahead of us, I mean it doesn't have be huge, doesn't have to cost a penny."

Superintendent of Calaveras Unified School District Mark Campbell says all 3,000 students in the county are taking part.

"The smaller acts of kindness, you know saying ‘thank you,’ the holding of a door,” he says, “So it's not some grand gesture only that gets acknowledged."

According to Bergantz, making someone smile is the real reward.


 Calaveras County

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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