KAWARTHA LAKES- You can warm up with a free coffee on “Common Kindness Day” in Lindsay next week.
The initiative is sponsored by Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group but it comes with one simple caveat. You must pay it forward and brighten someone else day with a little bit of common kindness by buying a coffee or tea for someone else.
Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault at 148 Kent St W. Lindsay will be offering free coffees or teas to the first 100 people through their doors on January 10th.
The Commonwell will be paying for 1,000 coffees in nine communities including Lindsay, Peterborough, Barrie, Midland, Belleville, Perth, Alexandria, Whitby, Ottawa, and Stittsville.
Common Kindness Day began in 2017 when The Commonwell anonymously paid for coffee in the 9 communities. The initiative left many wondering who was behind this coffee kindness. The company, who offers home and auto insurance said the initiative was a way to bolster community spirit. At the time President Tim Schauf said “We created Common Kindness Day because we believe in the importance of strong community bonds, and those bonds are achieved through face-to-face interaction and doing things for others in a selfless way.”
Last year Boiling Overs gave away 82 free coffee’s and 90 people paid it forward. Ontario’s kindest town is Belleville where 106 people donated money to pay for at least 101 additional coffees at The Brake Room.
Commonwell is challenging other local businesses to get in on the action and find a way to pay it forward as well.