Governor Kim Reynolds and Mayor Russ Trimble approved the proclamation for “Day of Kindness,” championed by the WDM Chamber’s Leadership Academy Alumni Committee.

WEST DES MONES, IA (JANUARY 19, 2022) – The Governor of Iowa and Mayor of West Des Moines have proclaimed January 28, 2022 as “Day of Kindness.” This special occasion comes as a result of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce’s (WDM Chamber) Leadership Academy Alumni Committee seeking a way to make a positive impact on the community.

Now more than ever, small acts of kindness can make the biggest difference in someone’s day. “You could pay it forward in line for coffee, show appreciation for our frontline workers, shovel a neighbor’s driveway, or send a text to someone who might need some encouragement,” said Kara Matheson, senior director of workforce development with the WDM Chamber. “It can be the simplest gesture, but it’s so rewarding to be able to bring a smile to someone’s face. We all need more of that.”

Studies show that kindness benefits not only the receiver, but also the giver. Whether big or small, monetary or action-oriented, and anonymous or direct, Iowans are encouraged to be intentional with acts of kindness on January 28 to make #IowaKind spread far and wide.

Visit to view the proclamations and learn more about how to participate. Thank you to presenting sponsor, Security National Bank

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