These Arlington Kindness stories will put a smile on your face! And who couldn’t use a little more kindness in their life! 2020 and now 2021 have been a difficult time for all of us. One of the amazing things to come out of such dark times is our Arlington community. From rallying together and supporting friends and family without power during the winter storm to shopping local to support our small businesses, we are #ArlingtonStrong. We wanted to highlight some acts of kindness and make your day a little bit brighter!
Shawarma, humus and gyro – oh my! Prince Lebanese knows a thing or two about good food. The family owned and operated restaurant also supports our hardworking healthcare workers. At the beginning of the winter storm, they donated 40 meals to Arlington Memorial Hospital. A delicious Valentine’s Day surprise for sure! This hasn’t been an easy time for restaurants, and it’s wonderful to see them support healthcare workers when the can.
A fun activity throughout several cities is painting rocks, hiding them in public spots and then finding rocks others have painted. The Arlington Rocks Facebook group has over 4,000 members! The group has daily posts about fun rocks people have found, tips on painting ideas and excited painters’ latest projects. This activity is perfect for all ages and any skill level, plus you can get some steps in finding your hiding spot. Beth S. told us she gets excited about “making someone’s day and giving them a treasure.” Four of her rocks have been found in the Facebook group!
Home of the Irish Nachos, and loved by all – J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill is an Arlington staple. Locals and visitors have been eating here for over 40 years! There’s no doubt Randy Ford and his team have a special place in the Arlington community. When they got a call for 75+ burgers and chicken sandwiches for those administering vaccines, his kitchen went to work and the order was delivered by 11:30. We love seeing how the city and local businesses support each other!
Hand sanitizer became an everyday product in 2020! We couldn’t get enough of it and stores had trouble keeping up. MagniLife Health Products donated over 40,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and over 40,000 single-use hand sanitizer gel packs to the City of Arlington. Talk about keeping Arlington clean, healthy and strong! The sanitizer is being used at the City’s mass vaccination site, city facilities, community events and by police, fire and public work employees in the field.
What we can do…
Feeling inspired to help out? Consider donating (food, time or money) to a food pantry. The Tarrant Area Food Bank and North Texas Food Bank cover our region. It’s always a good time to #ShopLocal, too. For your next night out, gift idea or dinner – consider going to a locally owned spot. Small businesses still need our support!
We love seeing citizens and businesses support each other! Our Arlington community is incredible. The City has a Kindness Initiative, and they encourage people report acts of kindness that they perform, witness or were the recipient of through the City's Ask Arlington mobile app, on the Acts of Kindness website, or by posting on social media using #ArlingtonKindness and @CityofArlington.
Bonus: Keep an eye out for our WOW Award winner. For National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re recognizing a someone in the hospitality industry who goes above and beyond to help make Arlington a World of Wonderful!