IT IS Good Friday – the perfect day to launch The Star’s drive to make Sheffield the friendliest place on earth.
Over the next two weeks, we are challenging readers to do one good thing in their day to show community spirit is alive and kicking in our fair city.
The doom and gloom of austerity and council cuts might have dominated the headlines in recent months, but The Star is on a mission to highlight the importance of those little acts of kindness which go a long way.
It comes after reporter Molly Lynch denounced the lack of care for fellow man on display after she fell in the street and others walked past.
Since then, The Star has been inundated with readers keen to show this was not representative of the people of the city.
Lilian Green, aged 86, of Stannington, got in touch after falling and cutting her eye in Solly Street in the city centre.
She said: “Thank you to fireman Dan who was passing at the time, James Dixon from the nearby flats, the staff at Lupton Fawcett solicitors, the paramedics, and staff at Royal Hallamshire Hospital. The help and kindness was overwhelming.”
So whether you have been on the receiving end of an act of kindness or carried one out yourself, we want to hear from you ahead of The Star’s special Good Deed Day on Tuesday, April 16.
And to give readers inspiration, Molly took to the centre of Sheffield to spread the love.
First stop was the Samaritans shop in Chapel Walk, where the products of a wardrobe detox were dropped off to be given a new lease of life and raise vital funds for a good cause.
Donating to charity shops is one of the easiest ways to show your compassionate side and goods are gratefully received at a time when many organisations are struggling.
Linda Wild, manager of Samaritans, said: “It’s a good idea. We’re always after donations here. We don’t get as much as big chains so everything is appreciated.
“It’d be great if other people did the Good Deed Day and donated too.”
Then it was to the Peace Gardens, where some stray litter spoiling one the city’s best beauty spots was picked up and thrown in a nearby bin.
On Fargate, a Big Issue seller braving the cold was warmed by the sale of an extra copy.
They might not be grand gestures, but if we all do our bit we can make sure the face of Sheffield always has a smile on it.
How you can do your bit -
* Hold the door open for someone else
* Offer to clean your neighbour’s car when you wash your own
* Buy a Big Issue – you will be helping the homeless for less than the price of your daily latte
* Let someone go in front of you in a queue
* Take part in a local litter-pick or clean-up, or organise your own.
* Tell us about your good deeds. Contact The Star at firstname.lastname@example.org, write to us or Tweet @SheffieldStar with the hashtag #StarGoodDeed to be featured in our Good Deed Day spread.
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