GISD delivers nearly 3,500 acts of kindness to Genesee County residents

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (02/12/18) -- 1,800 acts of kindness in 18 hours.

That's what dozens of Genesee Intermediate School District employees did Monday as part of their 'Day of Giving', a first of its kind event for the district.

Employees from the district gave away free fast food gift cards, coffee for road commission crews, and gift bags for cancer patients, among many other projects.

"Literally, we have 20 different projects spread throughout our community to go out and just give back," said Associate Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff.

Among those 20, a veterans appreciation breakfast put on by the Genesee Career Institute's JROTC program.

"Like what I tell the cadets, it's not so much about what we say, but it's about our deeds and our actions speak loud," said Lt. Col. Curt Lapham.

People at the Pro Clean laundromat in Flint were treated to free laundry services between 11:00 and 3:00 p.m.

"I thought it was a very kind gesture," said Suzanne Perez.

Perez was very appreciative of that gesture too, especially coming from a family of 6.

"It's nice when you least expect it and I'm thinking, now I want to return the favor to somebody else now," she said.

The family of Marcus Lukado, a wheel chair bound student at Elmer Knopf Learning Center were also grateful -- The GISD will build a wheel chair ramp at Marcus' home.

"They were overwhelmed with joy and just the giving of something they hadn't anticipated," said Cherie Wager, Associate Superintendent Special Education Services.

The county wide projects were all completely funded by private donors and has been months in the making.

"We're trying to show that all these little things do add up and that every one single person we impact and maybe brighten their day, it does make a difference."

The GISD surpassed their goal of 1,800 acts of kindness by a landslide -- having an impact on close to 3,500 people in Genesee County.

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