PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Did you know Friday is World Kindness Day? It’s a day where you’re encouraged to perform random acts of kindness.

Maybe rake some leaves for friend. Or volunteer to walk someone’s dog. Surprise someone with a flower.

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Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle is a big believer in performing kind acts all year long.

“It’s such a kick because sometimes you can tell it’s the last thing that person thought was going to happen that day,” said Hurdle. “My kids absolutely love going into a restaurant and us randomly picking up a bill.”

There’s also a group that’s trying to encourage more kind acts. The Pittsburgh Kindness Initiative started two years ago. It even offers kindness training at businesses.

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With the help of CMU, they’ve created unique cards that can “track” the kindness.

Bill Furedy is from the Initiative explains: “Upon doing that random act of kindness to them, you give them the kind card. And we encourage them to tell their story of the stranger that came up to them. What they did, and how it made them feel.”

You can read the stories people post on the group’s website. And as for the cards that keep getting passed on, some have ended up as far away as China and the Netherlands.

For more information on World Kindness Day, visit:

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David Highfield