RUMSON & FAIR HAVEN – Mayors of both Rumson and Fair Haven, local residents and officials at all the public schools in both communities are calling on local churches, organizations, businesses and residents to join in R+FH Kindness Week, which will run in the communities from Oct. 7 through Oct. 14.

The week will feature Think Kindness, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the country.  Each year Think Kindness carries out a National Kindness School Tour, which this fall will include assemblies at Sickles Elementary School and Knollwood Middle School in Fair Haven on Monday, October 7th and Rumson-Fair Haven High school, Deane-Porter Elementary School and Forrestdale Middle School in Rumson on Tuesday, October 8th.  RFH High School will also host a free parents and community night at 7:30pm on Monday, October 7th so the message being shared in the schools can be heard by all.   

Rumson resident Jon Carras, producer of CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley, brought the founder of Think Kindness, Brian Williams of Reno, Nevada to the attention of local leaders. Carras learned of Williams and his Think Kindness crusade two years ago when he produced a cover story about the importance of kindness for the broadcast.

As a result, Mayors Joseph Hemphill of Rumson and Ben Lucarelli of Fair Haven are proclaiming the week of Oct. 7 as R+FH Kindness Week 2019.


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Those actions led to the boards of education and school leaders designing a series of activities, assemblies  and programs in all of the public schools in both towns, highlighting not only the importance of kindness but ways to show it and practice it in both small and large ways.

Businesses, churches, organizations and residents are invited to share in the area wide R+FH Kindness Week by giving their support in both small and large ways.

During the week, the Think Kindness team has numerous kindness ideas for staff and customers of involved organizations, and awards for those spotted for ‘Being Kind’.

Help is needed in numerous ways, from hanging up posters, wearing and selling campaign t-shirts, posting positive and uplifting social media posts, and in general, spreading kindness everywhere.  Businesses can become drop-off points for the R+FH Shoe Drive and are being challenged to promote kindness on storefronts, signs and counters.

For further information on how you can be a part of R+FH Kindness Week, please email [email protected] and go to

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