Cool to be Kind

Yukon citizens asked to practice generosity, benevolence during ‘Kindness Week’ Nov. 8-14

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The Yukon City Council has proclaimed Nov. 8-14 as “Kindness Week” in the City of Yukon: From left, Ward 4 Council Member Aric Gilliland, Ward 1 Council Member Rick Cacini, Mayor Shelli Selby (Ward 2), Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton (At-Large), and Ward 3 Council Member Donna Yanda. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

In what has been a most challenging year due to a global pandemic and political furor, Yukon city leaders want citizens to be especially kind to each other.

And now they’ve set aside a whole week for it.

The Yukon City Council has proclaimed Nov. 8-14 as “Kindness Week” in the City of Yukon.

At the Nov. 3rd city council meeting, Mayor Shelli Selby read aloud a proclamation designating a week of generosity and benevolence.

The purpose of Kindness Week is to remember “simple day-to-day acts of kindness that enable our community to be a kinder, safer and more secure place” to live, work and play.

“With all that we’ve gone through in 2020, we need to take time to just appreciate and encourage kindness,” Mayor Selby said. “During the week, each one of us should do an act of kindness every day.

“It doesn’t have to be elaborate. It can something as simple as taking somebody’s trash cans out to the curb or making a home-cooked meal for a shut-in.”

Selby pointed out that 2020 has been a very difficult year for everyone.

“We started the year off with COVID, we shut our town down and we had an economic downtown,” she said. “We then moved into the ‘great mask debate’, which caused so much unrest in our town and in our country. We then began our political division with the election coming up.

“When we thought that nothing else could happen in this year, we get the ‘great ice storm’ of 2020, where we had no power, we had food spoilage, people were without; they were cold. We had a lot of loss of income from work also.”

HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR

During the ice storm week when so many citizens and businesses were negatively impacted, Selby said she noticed few people were talking about COVID, masks or politicians.

Instead, Yukon residents offered to help each other – whether that meant offering a warm place to stay or borrowing a chainsaw or extension cord.

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“I saw a town that takes care of each other,” Yukon’s mayor said. “It just made me so excited to see that come back.”

Yukon city officials hope residents will encourage their fellow citizens during next week’s special observance.

“I want us to spend one week thinking about other people,” Selby said.

While World Kindness Day will be celebrated on Nov. 13, city leaders want residents to realize the importance of being “kind to others” year-round.

The City of Yukon proclamation notes that “our daily lives are filled with information regarding crime, violence and disaster, often causing feelings of helplessness, and the many daily acts of kindness that occur in our community are largely inconspicuous and unobtrusive.”