Women launches kindness initiative

By Anna Skinner

All profits from Courtney Nichols’s jewelry sale will go to Student Impact. KIND bracelets and key fobs are available. (Submitted photo)

All profits from Courtney Nichols’s jewelry sale will go to Student Impact. KIND bracelets and key fobs are available. (Submitted photo)

After Courtney Nichols went through breast cancer and experienced the true impact of kindness, she wanted to help make a difference in the world. Some parents and teachers expressed concerns of bullying in Westfield Middle School, and that’s when Nichols came up with a community-wide drive for kindness.

“Not that I was unkind before, but I found it was life changing. It’s really redefined me,” she said. “I’ve found I have a true passion for kindness, so I can do that for myself and model that for my children and give them concrete ways to go out and do that.”

KEEP Collective, an organization Nichols sells jewelry for, partnered with the nonprofit Kind Campaign, and whoever sold the most jewelry during the month of March would be able to bring the founders of the Kind Campaign, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, to their community.

Nichols wants to go a step further, and all of her profits will go directly to Student Impact. She began the initiative Westfield is KIND to not only encourage the jewelry sales but to spread kindness, as well.

“We all can benefit from being a little kinder and starting that conversation with our students at home about kindness,” she said. “My goal is to strengthen our community through kindness and be proactive through kindness instead of reactive to bullying.  I want to create a stronger community.”

Nichols’s Facebook group, Westfield is KIND, already has more than 1,200 members.

“Kindness can be life changing and make a huge impact on strangers,” she said. “This was an opportunity for me to raise awareness for Student Impact and do a fundraiser while at same time I can raise awareness for the Kind Campaign to bring founders to our community for our young girls.”

The KIND bars, available for bracelets or key fobs, can be purchased through the Facebook page, Westfield is KIND.