LAGUNA BEACH Providing clean water, stopping bullying and feeding the hungry are among several simple acts of kindness dozens of youths are doing as part of a social media campaign promoting 25 acts of kindness in 25 days.
The event, called Light the World, kicked off at Aliso Beach Park on Thursday, Nov. 30.
More than 120 youths from Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Hills participated in the effort. Speeches and a drum recital by Father Lester Mackenzie from St. Mary’s Episcopal in Laguna Beach led the start.
For Elise Peterson, 16, of Dana Point, the kickoff bonfire in Laguna was “incredibly contagious.”
“Whenever we come together supporting each other during firesides or programs like Light the World, I feel a part of something bigger than just myself,” Peterson said.
“Light Around the World” runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 25 with an aim of raising awareness to simple acts of kindness, said Beth Garlock, co-chair of the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, a co-sponsor of the effort put on by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As part of the campaign, participants take videos and photos of themselves doing the acts of kindness. They post these to social media under #lighttheworld.
“The bonfire was super inspiring and I can’t wait to Light the World during the holidays by thinking of other people besides myself,” said Holland Hoopes, 14, of Laguna Niguel.
The campaign has already been launched in cities such as Buenos Aires and Argentina and is also on a billboard in Times Square in New York City.