Eastbourne has come up with a creative way to help beat those January blues.
The Love Eastbourne project is back for the third time from Monday (January 14).
Organisers say the aim is to spread ‘joy and happiness’ through random acts of kindness.
Co-ordinator Oli Stevens said:
“January can be a tough time for people.
“But we believe that as individuals we can each make a difference to the community around us.”
The project will see thousands of tokens along with a gift, such as a chocolate bar or bunch of flowers dotted and delivered across the town.
People are encouraged to pay it forward and use their token and pass it on with a new gift of their choice.
Oli Stevens said:
“The aim of this project is to bring joy and happiness through acts of kindness at the start of a new of year, which for some can be quite difficult.
“We believe that as individuals we can each make a difference to the community around us.
“We have had loads of stories from the last two years of people stepping up and joining in.”
Oli explained that the creativity of the acts of kindness is up to people and how they do it.
“People have paid for peoples haircuts, gone into a barbers and said:
“ ‘Can I pay for my own haircut and the next person that comes in as well’
“… and left a token with the barber, to pay forward.
“People have gone in to fast food restaurants and paid for someone else’s meal.”
If people want to take part, tokens are available to collect at the King’s Centre and Bloom Factory florist in Eastbourne.
The way it works:
- Pick up a token from a distributor with 15,000 tokens now in circulation.
- Carry out an act of kindness.
- Encourage the next person to carry it on… causing a chain reaction of kind deeds across the town, who knows where it will end up!