The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently helped organize the area’s first-ever “Leap of Kindness Day” on February 29, 2020. The day-long promotion served as an opportunity to use the “extra” leap day to do something kind for others.
“On behalf of the Chamber community, I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this very special event,” said Jeff Shipley, President & CEO of the Seneca County Chamber. “The many random acts of kindness given out over the past weekend represent a powerful reminder of the compassionate and generous nature of our residents and businesses,” he continued.
More than 30 local businesses and community members participated in Leap of Kindness Day. Among the activities shared:
- Barrister’s Bed & Breakfast prepared a hot breakfast for Chamber employees.
- Boundary Breaks collected donations for Fetch a Friend Rescue.
- Catholic Daughters of the Finger Lakes gave out 100 free loaves of bread.
- Cayuga Lake Cabins donated $100 worth of food, along with additional household goods to the Seneca County House of Concern.
- Community Bank N.A. treated their customers to $5 gift coffee gift cards and reusable shopping bags.
- Diane Hay and her grandson, Carson, gave out $10 in quarters for customers’ shopping carts at Aldi’s.
- Fairfield Inn—Geneva donated linens, clothes and other items to the House of Concern (Seneca County and Geneva).
- Generations bank donated $250 to the American Heart Association as a joint effort from all offices.
- Girl Scout Troop 60162 sold boxes of cookies at Walgreens in Waterloo to donate to Meals on Wheels.
- Girl Scout Troop 60438 donated used children’s books to the Cayuga Indian Nation.
- ITT Goulds Pumps donated clothes and food to the Seneca County House of Concern.
- LNB provided pizza and cupcakes to community members at the Waterloo Branch.
- Marlene Exner made apple and cherry turnovers for Seneca County 911 staff.
- Person Centered Services provided lunch to the Seneca County Office of the Aging.
- Seneca County Chamber partnered with Cobblestone Coffee Roasters, Ovid Big M, and Tops Friendly Markets—Waterloo to provide free coffee and doughnuts to customers at both markets. Extra doughnuts from Tops were then donated to local first responders.
- Seneca County Children’s Committee doubled the allowance for all foster children at the end of February.
- Seneca Falls Library provided free coffee to its patrons and collected kind thoughts in a Kindness Jar for children’s programs.
- Seneca Falls Rotary gave out free books at the Seneca Falls Community Center, and in conjunction with Tops Friendly Markets—Waterloo, gave out reusable bags to customers.
- Sessler companies donated 158 cans of food to CAP Cayuga Seneca.
- Sheldrake Point Winery donated all tips earned on the 29th to Beverly Animal Shelter.
- Summit Federal Credit Union offered free coffee to Seneca Falls Police Department at Dunkin Donuts, and donated $250 to Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes.
- Susan Souhan donated food to Beverly Animal Shelter.
- Waterloo Library handed out free flowers and stickers.
- Waterloo Rotary donated toiletries to distribute to local community organizations serving those in need.
The Seneca County Chamber reminds everyone that the day of giving can easily continue throughout the year. Additional kindness is being accepted at the following locations:
- Beverly’s Animal Shelter (315) 539-9357
- Fetch a Friend Rescue (315) 651-2375
- Seneca County Habitat for Humanity (315) 568-1190
- Seneca County House of Concern (315) 568-2433
- Seneca Falls Backpack Program (315) 730-9407
- Seneca Housing (315) 568-2200
- Seneca Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (315) 539-9202
- Trevor’s Gift (315) 246-7580
- United Way of Seneca County (315) 539-1135.
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