Rich McGuinness and Pat Fiorello created an “Unleashing Kindness” Facebook group. Photo by Phil Skinner

Hundreds more join Facebook group to unleash kindness

When Inspire Atlanta readers learned about a Facebook page that encourages random acts of kindness, they quickly joined the effort.

“The response has been fantastic,” wrote Rich McGuinness, the Sandy Springs man who founded the Facebook page with his friend, Pat Fiorello.

McGuinness, a retired top executive with the American Cancer Society, and Fiorello, a former vice president of marketing at Coca-Cola-turned-artist, created the “Unleashing Kindness” Facebook page and became its first two members. 

Before our story appeared, the Facebook page had 12,028 members. Within two days, more than 700 new members had joined the group.

“We expect our dramatic growth to continue, thanks to your coverage,” McGuinness wrote.

“The comments we have received have all been very positive, with many thanking us for starting the group and telling us we all need more positive news in these turbulent and difficult times.”

McGuinness is among the many readers who’ve shared their feedback on Inspire Atlanta, which debuted in late June.

Many told us about their own inspiring stories. Others asked how they could help. Some just wanted to thank us for setting aside space for a regular dose of good news.

“Thank you for giving me another reason to enjoy my Sunday paper,” wrote Judy Fellers, one of our subscribers.

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