It's a wonderful notion - the idea of random acts of kindness - and Tarleton State University thinks so too.
The Student Counseling Center has started a Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) program they hope becomes a permanent part of the university.
"Budgets are tight here and we're only given a certain amount of money to plan two events, one for each semester," said counselor Cindi McMahon. "So last summer we sat down and threw around some ideas and eventually decided to be a part of international RAK week."
International RAK week took place across the country Feb. 10-16.
During that week, donuts were delivered to Tarleton police, coffee was brought to several departments and random students were given T-shirts.
"We based the week on civility and service. They're a big part of the Tarleton values and that's what we really focused on," said outreach coordinator Daena Stewardson.
Students were also encouraged to participate in an activity where they filled out RAK cards to fellow students offering words of encouragement.
Before long other departments began spreading their own acts of kindness, like the Texan Card Office, who offered free replacements to those who came in before the end of the week.
"We envisioned it as a week where we could get people thinking about just being randomly kind," McMahon said. "It's not just good for the person on the receiving end, but it's an awesome feeling for the person who does the act of kindness, who makes the sacrifice."
The week was so successful it prompted graduate assistant Melissa Robbins into keeping the Twitter account @TSU_RAK up and running.
"We really wanted to keep the program running and people are still being interactive with the Twitter account," Robbins said. "We've been tweeting to students encouraging them to continue engaging in RAKs like making someone on campus smile or to pay it forward in some way."
With the success the RAK program had on the Tarleton campus, the Student Counseling Center sees it as something that can influence and become a part of the university's future.
"We've seen that the individuals on campus are really starting to live by these key values, that's a big part of what we were hoping to do," said Stephanie Robertson, director of the student counseling center. "We're hoping to infuse this into the Tarleton culture and we hope it becomes a part of the Tarleton tradition."