People can be mean. In recent years, conflict around covid and politics have only added to the “ugly. ” When I read about bullying in schools, it makes me really sad, especially since it’s something I experienced in middle school. But I realize one of the sources where kids learn about bullying is us.

What if we instead set a different example to ‘be kind’? There are a number of ways we can do that, such as handmade cards, learning to connect with people different than us, performing acts of kindness etc… These are all ideas I’m stealing from other groups, such as Cards for Kindness, Action for Happiness, Human Library, etc…

From spring of 2022 to spring of 2023, we worked on handmade cards for several organizations – sometimes our creations were something we worked at home, other times we got together as a group to create cards together.

As of May 2023, I have the group events on hold. People are still invited to create cards independently for the organizations listed on this site. I’m not formally tracking the number of cards sent at this time but can definitely help coordinate pick-up and drop-off.

Be Kind Charleston is not tied to a business, making money, selling a service or anything else. I wasn’t even going to include this page because this is not about me. I’m adding it only to show there’s a real, local person behind this project. I’ve lived in Mount Pleasant SC for 20 years and want to see where this might go.

Thanks for exploring it,

Tina Arnoldi