Dignity Health partnered with Kids for Peace to sponsor the 2018 Great Kindness Challenge. Now in its fifth year, this global program aims to inspire students to make a life-long commitment to service and kindness. The event challenges participating students to complete a checklist of 50 acts of kindness in one week, including such things as holding the door for someone, helping a friend, or picking up trash.
This year, physicians and staff from Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center taught students at Holy Rosary Academy about the healing power of humankindness. Physicians lead a “Teddy Bear Clinic”, showing students how to listen carefully while displaying compassion for others. Students also decorated “Thinking of You” cards which will be delivered to area fire stations as a thank you to the thousands of firefighters who recently battled the California Wildfires.