Providence mural spreading the message about kindness

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island man is responsible for a foundation that rewards teens for acts of kindness.

To help get his message out into the community, Norman Kelly asked a local business to donate a wall for a mural.

The Metallurgical Solutions, Inc. building in Providence has #ShareMetta painted on the side of it. The Metta Students Foundation gives teens in Rhode Island and Massachusetts $1,000 awards for doing an act of kindness.

According to the foundation’s website, “metta means love and kindness, and we want to shine light on those bright lights who are paying it forward.”

The hope is that the mural will help grow the kindness initiative.

“I think everyone’s gonna see it, I hope it’s up here forever and I hope the message lasts. I hope the message continues to spread, I hope this is a good platform for that message,” said muralist Joseph Leighton.

“The hope is people traveling by, there’s 250,000 people that go by on a weekly basis, I’m hoping some people just plug it into their phones or go into Google #sharemetta and it brings them to our website and that would be a great way to get the name out there,” added Kelly, founder of the organization.

For more information about the foundation, click here.

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