City of Scandia, MN

NEW: A generous, anonymous donor will send $1 to the Scandia Marine Food Shelf for every NEW recorded Act of Kindness submitted between Saturday, April 17, 2021 and Saturday, April 24, 2021 - up to $250.   This is a great opportunity to multiply your individual Acts of Kindness and remember that regardless of differences, we are ONE community!

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Scandia’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness Project

“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” - Harold Kushner
April 2, 2021 – May 2, 2021


The City of Scandia is challenging its residents to log I,000 acts of kindness in 30 days. Go to to describe your act of kindness and to have it counted towards our goal. We will post Monday through Friday in the Scandia’s Facebook page the total count to date and also our favorite act of kindness for that day. Our goal is to remind people to be kind to each other regardless of differences and that we are ONE community.


Children’s Stories on Acts of Kindness – Scandia Parks and Recreation Committee is holding a story contest for Scandia Elementary School students in Kindergarten to 6th grade.  The stories are about an act of kindness and how it made a difference in the world.  The contest ends on Friday, April 9th.  All stories will be displayed in Lilleskogen Park on The Children’s Story Path from April to May.

Cookie Giveaway to Commuters and Seniors at The Cottages – On Friday, April 2, volunteers from the City of Scandia and the Scandia-Marine Lions Club will give wrapped Milano cookies to commuters during the evening commute from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the four-way stop in downtown Scandia. Commuters will receive an informational flyer about Scandia’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness.  Volunteers will also give cookies to the seniors at The Cottages in Scandia.

Scandia’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness Button Giveaway – The City of Scandia will make 200 buttons that will read Scandia’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness. The buttons are free to local businesses to give to their customers from April 2-May 2, there will be a money jar by each button display for people to donate to the food shelf and the Green Grocery Shares Program in Scandia.

Award ceremony for Children’s Story Contest – Mayor Maefsky will preside over the Stories of Kindness on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at Lilleskogen Park in Scandia. There will be kindness stickers, kindness buttons, and cookies given to all the children. The winners for the best stories will be announced and prizes will be awarded. This event is sponsored by Scandia Parks and Recreation Committee.

1,000 Acts of Kindness Donation Day On Saturday, May 1, the City of Scandia and Scandia-Marine Lions will be co-hosting an event in the Scandia Community Center parking lot. Highlights include:

  • A paper shredding truck will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recycling is kindness to the environment. The truck has a 300-box capacity limit and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. The first 5 boxes are free to Scandia residents and the next boxes are $5 each. A photo ID with address is required.
  • PC’s for People will be collecting electronic waste such as laptops, tablets, hard drives, cell phones, cameras, DVD players, keyboards, mice and power cords etc.
  • The Scandia-Marine Lions will be collecting:
    • eyeglasses for the Lions’ vision program
    • non-perishable items for the local food shelf
    • diapers (infant and adult) for The Baby Blanket and Ecumen Hospice
    • infant formula for local food shelves
    • aluminum cans for recycling
    • aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House
    • plastic grocery bags for recycling
    • medical equipment (e.g., canes, walkers, wheelchairs) to establish a Medical Equipment Lending Library in Scandia
    • non-clumping clay cat litter and soft dog treats for Northwoods Humane Society
    • cash donations to help local families in need

See the Lions’ Facebook page for updates about the event as well as information about additional items that can be brought to the event for recycling:

Scandia is hoping to do its small part in helping to heal the divide in our country.  We feel strongly that our residents have more in common than we have differences. We hope that Scandia’s 1,000 Acts of Kindness Project will show how much we care about each other, and inspire other people and communities to do acts of kindness to make the world a better place to live.

Kindness is free; let’s pass it on!

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