International Good Deeds Day 2014 was launched in Times Square, with exciting events around the city offering New Yorkers opportunities to do good for the benefit of others.
Good News Broadcast covered one such peak event - the unveiling of the special Good Deeds Day bus.
Packed with more than 70 volunteers, the double-decker took over the streets of New York, stopping at nonprofits along the city route, taking the message of Good Deeds Day to the neighborhoods that need it most.
"There are so many people doing good in the world, in different fields and in their different way, individuals, organizations. Bringing them together creates a critical mass of goodness in the world. I believe that if we want to see a good future, we need to join together to create that," said initiator Shari Arison right before unveiling the Good Deeds Day bus that rolled out to do good across the city.
Books were read to dozens of preschoolers at daycare centers, Good Deeds Day-inspired murals were created at community centers, pillowcases and banners were designed for children living with cancer and families in temporary housing, youth worked together on an art project to create the ideal NYC community, gifts and flowers were offered to residents of a domestic violence shelter joined by the commissioner of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence.
What made these activities so impactful are the close partnerships forged between Good Deeds Day and leading organizations, such as Children's Aid Society, ABC/Disney TV, KTU, CITYarts, GenerationOn, Jumpstart, Planet Hollywood, #HealthySelfie, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Free Art NY, Grow NYC, DoSomething, and more.
A day earlier, the business sector was also called to take action and make a difference, when Good Deeds Day initiator Shari Arison was honored at the NASDAQ Closing Bell ceremony.
Good Deeds Day 2014 drew more than 550,000 participants in Israel alone, and tens of thousands more in 50 countries worldwide, together extending over two million hours of volunteering.