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Chicago-based Kindness Connection offers families, groups a chance to serve

Kind works are all the rage these days.

Just this month, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $40 million for ALS organizations, and offered those who suffer from the fatal disease a chance to share their stories.

Also this month, more than 350 people participated in a "Pay It Forward" campaign at a Florida Starbucks, paying for beverages of those in the drive-through behind them.

Now a non-profit organization based in Chicago is trying to spread a little kindness closer to home by offering a new club for individuals and families. The Kindness Connection already works with schools and business on charitable service projects.

By creating the new Kind Kids Club, individuals and families can work on projects together. For $25 per year, projects are delivered to families. Among other things, membership includes supplies, project ideas, discounts at local business and access to The Kind Connection events.

Since 2006, more than 20,000 youth volunteers from 55 schools and organizations have participated in service projects of some kind through The Kindness Connection. The group hosts an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day and also coordinates service projects for major corporations, such as Allstate.

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