The Hustle Kindness movement takes hold in the Gila Valley

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Dr. Debbie Chapman: From left, Jennifer Farris, Dr. Amber Conway and Mary Grace Perez hustle kindness every week on Fridays.

THATCHER – Kindness, it’s what the doctor ordered.

Dr. Debbie Chapman of Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital is part of the “Hustle Kindness” movement. Every Friday, Chapman and several other coworkers go around the Gila Valley and perform kind acts.

Chapman said that in a today’s world, all you need is a little act of kindness to to change someone’s perspective. She also says that her coworkers look forward to “Hustle Fridays” all week.

“Today we delivered pizzas to the Mount Graham Family Practice and the Gila Valley Clinic,” Chapman said. “It’s really fun. It’s just giving. Giving something for somebody else is the best part. We try to do a lot for the animals here, but it’s really nice to also help people. You can’t change the world if you can’t change people. We’ve all become so hardened and everybody is so much into their own life, that you just need one act of kindness to you to change your outlook on everything. All the girls, they love it. They fight over who gets to go, but there’s only so much room in the truck.”

The Hustle Kindness movement is a nationwide phenomenon in which people perform random acts of kindness. Some individuals wear Hustle Kindness T-shirts as they do their good deeds. The Hustle Kindness movement usually does its works on Fridays, and members have so dubbed the day Hustle Fridays.

The Hustle Kindness movement was created by Farmington, New Mexico resident, Madison Steiner. Steiner also created the nonprofit organization Peach’s Neet Feet, which provides custom painted shoes to children who have been diagnosed with debilitating illnesses or children with mental disabilities.

As of this summer, Peach’s Neet Feet has secured the Hustle Kindness trademark term. Since then, the movement has picked up across the country. Multiple Hollywood stars such as Zac Efron and Selena Gomez are also part of the movement and have posted photos of themselves performing their acts of kindness.

Chapmen said anyone can join the Hustle Kindness movement. The Desert Cross Veterinary Clinic will soon be stocking the Friday Hustle T-shirts, and if anyone wants to join them on Fridays they are welcome to take part. However, residents can do their own acts of kindness. T-shirts are not required to do the random acts of good deeds. Businesses can do the acts of kindness, and multiple activities can be organized around the movement.