Oak Bay girl wants community to ‘catch’ kindness

Chloe Cameron and her friends have launched the Kind Kids Club

Chloe Cameron's invitation to the Kind Kids Club.

Her first project might be a Christmas card for every resident of Oak Bay Lodge, but six-year-old Chloe Cameron aims to share kindness throughout the year.

The Grade 1 Willows elementary student recently came up with the idea of the Kind Kids Club, and spread the word among her friends.

“Kindness is the most important thing in the world and it feels really, really good to be kind. And I wanted to share that good feeling with my friends too,” Chloe says. “And clubs are fun.”

A neighbour worked for Oak Bay Lodge and so Chloe came up with the idea to create Christmas cards for all 244 residents.

Enlisting the help of her friends and their siblings, Chloe hosted a group of about 40 Sunday afternoon at the Windsor Pavilion for a card-making extravaganza, said mom Caity Cameron, noting “the neat side of it is the community involvement.”

The Royal Bank donated $150 for art supplies and Villages Pizza donated pizza for the work party. Canadian Tire at Hillside Centre provided felt pens, while other parents chipped in craft supplies.

“My aim was just to show people that kindness is still around,” Caity says. “All their lives I’ve been telling (my children) kindness is the most important thing in the world.”

Chloe has certainly taken the message to heart.

Previous projects have included a lemonade stand to raise money for the Children’s Health Foundation for Jeneece Place and a lavender stand on Oak Bay Avenue this past summer, where she freely shared blooms from the garden.

“This is the biggest event to date,” Caity says, and “the kids are all local kids.”

Why kindness?

Kindness “makes people feel happy and then they’ll want to be kind to other people and make them feel happy too,” Chloe says, adding with a laugh, “Kindness is contagious and I want everyone to catch it!”

After the Christmas card creation and delivery, Chloe and her club-mates will look for new ways to spread a little kindness.

“Maybe a food or toy donation for people who don’t have enough? I think I’ll ask my friends in the club what they would like to do next,” she says.