Northborough gets ready to spread kindness


Northborough gets ready to spread kindness
An aerial photo shows luminary bags on the Northborough Town Common. (Photo/Ben Domaingue)

NORTHBOROUGH – From animal shelter donations to a book and toy drive for the NICU, Northborough is gearing up for a week to spread kindness.

Kindness Week will run from Feb. 27 to March 3.

Last year, Northborough held its inaugural Kindness Week. 

“We were really surprised and happy with the success of last year’s initial Kindness Week, and we’re excited to do it again this year,” said Community Affairs Committee’s Suzy Cieslica. 

She noted that the committee enjoys bringing the community together.

“Kindness Week is the purest form of what we do as a committee – bringing the community together and spreading our message and what we try to do in the community and encouraging the community to do it for each other as well through the food drives and readings and getting together and everything else,” Cieslica said.

As part of the week, the committee will hold its Kindness Week Coffee Hours every day Monday through Thursday and feature Fire Chief David Parenti, Assistant Town Administrator Becca Meekins, Police Chief William Lyver and Select Board Chair Mitch Cohen. 

A local LGBTQIA+ group will have a coloring page that residents will be able to download from the committee’s website or Facebook page. Cieslica said people can color and display the page to show support for the community. 

At the little art gallery on Thoreau Road, there will be Kindness Week-themed items. Northborough Recreation is accepting donations for the Sterling Animal Shelter, and there will be a Bollywood teen and adult dance workshop on Feb. 28 at the Town Hall gym. 

The schools are also getting ready for the week, including running a food drive and making cards at Proctor and collecting board books and toys for the NICU at Peaslee. 

Kindness in the Common will also be returning March 3 at 4:30 p.m. As part of the event, attendees will be able to decorate a luminary bag with an act of kindness.

Last year, attendees made the shape of a heart with their luminaries. 

For a full list of activities and times, visit