Taking place internationally on March 9, 2014, tens of thousands joined Good Deeds Day to do a good deed for the benefit of others and the planet, engaging in thousands of dedicated projects across 50 countries worldwide.
Collaborating with ABC Network this second year in a row, many Good Deeds Day activities took place in New York city ahead of the day, to spread the message and invite people to come on board and do a good deed for the benefit of others and the planet. Shari Arison kicked off the event in Times Square, launching a Good Deeds Day bus that invited New Yorkers to come on board and do a good deed at different nonprofits along the way. This good-doers' route included a shelter for domestic violence, youth centers, and more. Shari Arison was invited for the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony to spread the message of Good Deeds Day with the commercial community and people around the world.
It was inspiring to see people in action at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, decorating pillow cases and banners for children with cancer and underprivileged families. Free Arts NYC partnered with us in an after-school art making project exemplifying the ideal NYC. Lives were transformed through art also with CITYarts that created a huge mural for an underprivileged community, and GenerationOn and Jumpstart volunteers also expanded the circles and pumped up the volume of good this second year in a row, spending time with the elderly at a day care center and reading books to children at schools. FirstBook, Grow NYC, DoSomething, NYC Service, KTU, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and many more Good Deeds Day partners celebrated the end of a day packed with impactful activities at Planet Hollywood. ABC Network, our partners this second year in a row, campaigned Good Deeds Day in far-reaching media coverage across the US.
In Miami people prepared and distributed food baskets to the homeless, in the Bahamas a children’s home was renovated over a whole week ahead of Good Deeds Day to ensure work is completed on the day. They even replaced faucets and toilets to improve water efficiency on the grounds. In Israel all the local authorities participated, and 116 Arab cities and towns too. This is truly a cross-sectoral day that spreads joy and goodness throughout.
In Israel, all of the local authorities joined Good Deeds Day 2014, held March 11, including 116 Arab cities, hundreds of schools, youth group, and soldiers, thousands of academic students, and employees from 500 businesses. More than 550,000 people pledged to do a good deed via gooddeedsday.com, extending together more than two million hours of volunteering in some 8,000 projects.
Some moments from around the globe:
Watch Shari Arison's NASDAQ closing bell address ahead of Good Deeds Day
Read about Good Deeds Day 2014 in The Bahamas
Read Shari Arison's blog post about Doing Good