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Unique effort to spread some joy in Southwest Portland invites volunteers on October 27

PMG PHOTO - Oregon Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward will meet the volunteers at Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Oct. 27.Southwest Portland volunteers, on a mission in October to get people to be nicer, are teaming with Mittleman Jewish Community Center and inviting others to join their cause by creating what they call "tokens of kindness."

Imagine sitting down at a bench in Gabriel Park on a cold day in November and finding a rock that's been hand-painted with the words, "You matter." You'd have to have a heart made of stone not to, at the very least, smile.

That painted rock would be the product of this get-together, which has been branded as Amplify Kindness! PDX by the band of activists that calls themselves Positive Charge! PDX. (They like the exclamation point.)

On Sunday, Oct. 27, an event at Mittleman will allow participants to paint rocks, print greeting cards that will be attached to roses, crochet hearts and make bookmarks-with-a-message. Their work later will be distributed in what could be called a massive, random act of kindness.

No art skills? No problem. According to organizers, "Supplies will be provided, but those who are able are asked to bring art supplies such as markers, ribbon and paper to share. No prior artistic expertise required."

State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat who represents Northwest Portland and parts of Beaverton, and who works in Southwest Portland as a family doctor, will speak to the gathering.

Representatives of various faith groups and the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon also will be there.


More information

WHO: Positive Charge! PDX: Grass roots group based in Southwest Portland

WHAT: Volunteers gathering to make hundreds of "tokens of kindness."

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27.

WHERE: Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway


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