Random acts of kindness warms Manawatu hearts

Anita Nunn was given gifts and flowers by PowerCo staff as a random act of kindness movement swept over Palmerston North.
David Unwin/Fairfax NZ

Anita Nunn was given gifts and flowers by PowerCo staff as a random act of kindness movement swept over Palmerston North.

Hugs and gifts were bestowed upon Palmerston North people in an effort to spread a little kindness in the city.

People were embraced on the street, given flowers, and even had their groceries and petrol paid for, as a random act of kindness movement ran for the day on Friday.

Anita Nunn was one of the lucky recipients, receiving a bouquet of flowers.

Nunn was surprised on her doorstep with the bouquet, an iPad mini and a $200 pressie voucher. 

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She said she was surprised and overwhelmed as three strangers handed her gifts.

Nunn runs the Helping Hands Manawatu Facebook page, which has almost 5000 members, and co-ordinates donations for everyday families struggling with their finances.

She was nominated by friends, who recognised the hard work she did ensuring community members have what they need to get by.

Nunn said the random act of kindness movement was a neat initiative, and she was appreciative of the nominations.

Lisa Satterthwaite nominated Nunn and said she deserved to be recognised for always putting others before herself.

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The random act of kindness movement was organised by PowerCo as a way to give back to the local community.

Lorraine Harding, who helped coordinate the day, said they had seen people smiling all day.

A man in his 90s was brought to tears when his lunch was paid for, she said.

More than 300 people were treated to a morning tea, while four teams of PowerCo staff gave out spontaneous gifts throughout the day.

Harding said it was nice to give back to the community and encouraged others to take part in random acts of kindness.

 - Stuff

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