A cup of coffee and a unique friendship put Bothell on the map as a city that promotes kindness, so much so that the Bothell City Council declared May 10 as “Cup of Kindness Day.”
The movement was started by Beca Nistrian, owner of Beca’s Brew in Bothell, but it spread this year to include many community projects, such as providing massages for single moms and giving cookies to first responders.
It all started when Nistrian struck up a friendship with Will Tinkham, a local man who has special needs and often visits her coffee stand. He is “an exceptional conversationalist with a kind, joyous soul,” according to the city’s proclamation. The friends have been featured twice on the KOMO-TV segment, “Eric’s Heroes,” and in the children’s book, “A Cup of Kindness.”
Nistrian, committed to helping Tinkham feel accepted in his community, “threw an epic party that drew strangers together to celebrate [his] birthday.”
Bothell “recognizes the value of inclusive kindness among its community members,” according to its proclamation.
Organizations like City Hill Church in Kenmore, which put on the event for single moms, were encouraged by the story of Beca’s Brew. On May 10, it joined with other groups to give 20 women manicures, massages, dinner, a bouquet of flowers and oil change vouchers from Jiffy Lube and Grease Monkey. Over 40 of their kids got to jump at Elevated Sportz, free of charge, for the evening.
Nistrian was not only the inspiration for this event, but was also there serving the moms that evening.
City Hill Church’s Russell Korets said their project was one of many hosted in the community for “Cup of Kindness Day.”
To read the proclamation, see www.bothellwa.gov.