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One20 Day Hopes To Spread Kindness On Inauguration Day



    Spreading Kindness On Inauguration Day

    Many around the nation are using Inauguration Day as a call to action for One20 Day, hoping to do good, spread love and actively come together. (Published Friday, Jan. 20, 2017)

    Many around the nation are using Inauguration Day as a call to action, hoping to do good, spread love and actively come together.

    “Given the divisive language, I think the better way is by through our actions to show our character and how good works can trump words that have been divisive,” One20 member Jon Mertz said. “It’s really to refresh our spirit and our community soul.”

    One20 is a non-partisan national network of cities around the country hoping to bring communities together on Inauguration Day. Organizers said it is neither a protest nor a celebration.

    “After the election, it was a little more divisive we think than previous ones,” Mertz said. “It’s been completely a grassroots effort, so we’ve been very surprised by the uptake of it.”

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    The name of the effort, One20, has several meanings. Organizers said it represents Jan. 20, which is Inauguration Day, but also the challenge for one person to help 20 people and one person to meet 20 new people.

    “I think really, the No. 1 thing is to be able to look someone else in the eyes who maybe they don’t know or haven’t met before and have a conversation and get to know each other a little bit more,” Mertz said. “Hopefully there will also be some common ground that will be found and develop those relationships over time as well.”

    In Dallas, there are 10 drop off locations to donate socks, underwear and hand-warmers to help the homeless. There are different acts of kindness in other cities from Eugene and Chicago to St. Louis and Chattanooga and places in-between.

    “It doesn’t have to be big at all. It just needs to be something that re-centers us to show some good and hopefully that will help to spark others to do the same thing,” Mertz said.

    One20 Drop-off Locations for CitySquare:

    Downtown West Side
    The Grove, Dallas Coworking
    501 Elm St., No. 450, Dallas 75202
    Contact: Mess Wright

    J. Scott Applewhite/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    1001 Wine & Spirits
    1001 Ross Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas 75202
    Contact: Chase Headley

    Downtown East Side
    The Iron Yard
    2030 Main St., No. 420, Dallas 75201
    Contact: Caitlin Studley

    WeWork Uptown
    1920 McKinney Ave., Dallas 75201
    Contact: Sean Granfield

    Oak Cliff
    Urban Hippie Chiropractic
    1323 W Davis St., Dallas 75208
    Contact: Lindsay Browning

    West Dallas
    1868 Sylvan Ave., D100, Dallas 75208
    Contact: Christina Puleo

    Lake Highlands
    Rebel Riot Printing
    10224 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas 75238
    Contact: Jan Schefferlie

    John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

    Park Cities
    Central Christian Church (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    4711 Westside Drive, Dallas 75209
    Contact: Ken Crawford

    White Rock Lake
    The Mix Coworking
    9125 Diceman Drive, Dallas 75218
    Contact: Daryn DeZengotita

    Deep Ellum
    Genius Den
    3106 Commerce St., Dallas 75226
    Contact: Joe Payton

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