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New chapel initiative aims to encourage caring for others

service members fill containers and stack them.

Airman 1st Class D’Marko Brown, center, and other members of the chapel staff fill containers with candy, knickknacks and toys at the Offutt Air Force Base SAC Chapel May 28, 2020 as part of the Random Act of Chapel-sponsored Kindness program. The chapel staff assembled 266 gift containers that will be distributed to squadron and group leadership who will distribute them to their Airmen. Those Airmen may then refill the containers and pass them on to others as part of the program designed to encourage random acts of kindness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford)

Containers filled with candy, knickknacks and toys are stacked up.

Containers filled with candy, knickknacks and toys sit inside the SAC Chapel here May 28, 2020. They will be distributed to squadron and group leadership who will in-turn distribute them to their Airmen. Those Airmen may then refill the containers and pass them on to others as part of the program designed to encourage random acts of kindness as part of the Random Act of Chapel-sponsored Kindness program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford)

service members fill containers with candy, knickknacks and toys

Capt. John Gillispie, 55th Wing Chaplain, and other members of the chapel staff fill containers with candy, knickknacks and toys at the SAC Chapel here May 28, 2020 as part of the Random Act of Chapel-sponsored Kindness program. The chapel staff assembled 266 gift containers that will be distributed to squadron and group leadership who will in-turn distribute them to their Airmen. Those Airmen may then refill the containers and pass them on to others as part of the program designed to encourage random acts of kindness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Delanie Stafford)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. --

Recently around the installation there have been a series of anonymous attacks happening without any rhyme or reason.

The attacks, known as R.A.C.K. Attacks, are random acts of chapel sponsored kindness where the idea is nothing more than putting a smile on someone’s face and providing encouragement.
 
“Our emphasis is encouraging and empowering people to do random acts of kindness for the people around them,” Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Kevin Humphrey, 55th Wing Chaplain. “The goal is to mobilize the community to care for each other.”
 
The chapel team compiled 300 containers of goodies in May, which they have now been randomly passing out around the installation to the surprise of those receiving them.
 
“Each container contains a note telling them to enjoy the goodies but to then re-fill the tub and pass it on to another member of their squadron,” said Chaplain (1st Lt.) Philip O’Neill, 55th Wing Chapel. “This should encourage people to get out, but also to stay safe.”
 
Given the recent unrest in the United States, the R.A.C.K. Attacks seem very timely.
 
“These are difficult times,” Humphrey said. “My prayer is that America will come out of this stronger and more unified than ever and you just never know how something as simple as a R.A.C.K. Attack may improve someone’s day if only for a moment.”
 
“We would also encourage and challenge people across the wing to do their own random act of kindness,” Humphrey added. “Be intentional about showing acts of kindness and love to the people around you. Together we can all make a difference.”