Vegas Strong presents The Healing Art Class

Join us and experience the healing that is available through creativity, art and writing. Healing can be a difficult journey, at Vegas Strong we respect the process and have made this event open to only 12 participants to ensure a safe and trusting environment.

Our first event is free of charge, and would appreciate donations of any size to help support and grow our Vegas Strong programs. We cannot do this alone.

The Bubblegum Gallery- 1800 S. Industrial Suite 207D LAS VEGAS NV, 89102 United States of America

The Random Act that keeps on giving.

It’s been 5 months now since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and in honor of #FlashbackFriday, I thought we would flashback to the Random Acts of Kindness weeks and spotlight the Healing Garden here in Las Vegas.  The story of how this came to be is nothing short of amazing, and it is a reminder each time I visit of the outpouring of love, kindness and care that made this garden what it is today.

In the hours and days that followed the Oct 1 tragedy, people near and far from Las Vegas were stunned and all searching for ways to reach out and show support to the victims, their families and the anyone else who was affected.  Some were able to donate funds, while others stood in line for house to donate blood; others provided food and water to those in line, at the local hospitals, first responders and more.  Others organized candlelight vigils, organized tribute runs and other gatherings where the local community could come together and share support for one another.  One man, in 4 short days with the help of countless volunteers and businesses, turned his bar napkin sketch and an empty plot of land into a very special garden, complete with a memory wall, 58 trees, one for each life lost and in the center a tree of life surrounded by a Healing Heart wall.

It has transformed over the last 5 months, with visitors often leaving their own personal symbol of support and honor ranging from pictures, hand written notes, painted rocks or other art creations.  The heart wall is covered in tiles that were pained by the victims’ families, and has now been painted red on top.  The latest addition occurred a few weeks ago where 10,000 daffodils were planted.  Hundreds of volunteers came out to help plant these one chilly Saturday morning.  This Healing Garden continues to be a place where people from near and far go to remember and honor those who we lost that night, and those who were affected by this event.  Truly an act of kindness that keeps on giving.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for everyone who has contributed, and continues to contribute to this site, you are #VegasStrong


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It’s Little Things- Random Acts of Kindness don’t have to be large or expensive

If someone were to ask you to share a story of a random act of kindness, what is the first thought that comes to mind?  Buying someone else’s coffee or meal or groceries.  While these acts of kindness are very nice and show generosity, there are so many other random acts that are performed every day that also qualify.

Kindness begins when you initiate an action for the good of another without expecting anything is return.

That opens up new doors into what these acts can be.  Speaking of opening up doors, this is a good example of a random act of kindness.  When you walk through a door of a building, do you look behind you to see if someone is coming in behind you? Or if someone is coming out, do you allow them to exit first?  If so, do you hold the door for them?  You do not have to be a man in order to open the door for someone else.

Compliments are a great way to show kindness to others also.

We have all done it, been walking by someone and noticed something about them that we liked, something they are wearing, their hair, eyes, or their smile.  Do you say something, or let them pass by?  Most of us probably walk by without saying anything, I mean how scary that can be to say something to someone else, and who knows how they will take it, especially if they are the opposite sex.  Will they think you are hitting on them or mace you, or call their lawyer?  Then there is also the possibility that they will just stare at you with this blank stare, causing an awkward uncomfortable silence, OR, you could make that person’s day.  Regardless of all the possible bad things that could happen, isn’t it worth taking the chance that you will have a positive effect on some else’s day, making someone smile?

I was walking into a business the other day, turned around to see a woman walking in behind me so I held the door open for her.  As she was walking in, she not only said “Thank you” but commented, in a very tasteful way, that I had nice legs. I smiled, said thank you.  This woman had no idea what my workout schedule was, that I’m a personal trainer, nor was she hitting on me or trying to sell me something.  It really made me feel good.  It is one thing to receive compliments from your friends and family, those who know you are working hard on staying in shape, but to receive a compliment from a complete stranger was, without sounding ungrateful to my friends and family, even nicer.

Research has shown that completing random acts of kindness can reduce anxiety, cause you to look and feel better through a “Helper’s High” and it is contagious. The reach of kindness is so large that even witnessing kindness is good for you. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Have you witnessed a random act of kindness (RAoK), or have you carried out a RAoK? Let us know about it, we would love to share the story and help encourage others to continue to carry on these acts of kindness.
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