Suspended Coffees is an initiative by John M. Sweeney to encourage kindness and compassion across communities, an idea which spawned from him hearing about the customers of coffee shops in Naples, buying an extra coffee (which could be kept back for someone else) when they experienced good fortune. Sweeney was quickly able to convince cafe owners from other locations to get on board and since then, many, many more from countries far and wide have followed suit. Those who are homeless, who wouldn’t otherwise have the means to purchase a hot drink, can simply go into a cafe and ask for a suspended coffee, knowing it has already been paid for.
A Facebook page was set up to promote the idea and it has now grown into a worldwide movement, with followers (including myself) from all over the globe sharing their beautiful stories and experiences of kindness on the Facebook page – and the number of coffee shops taking part in the initiative is growing all the time.
To give you an idea of quite how far this movement has spread, there are now over 1,400 coffee shops offering suspended coffees throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia – and hopefully South America soon too!
Suspended Coffees isn’t just about free coffee for the homeless however, the movement is about encouraging kindness in general and is currently promoting the annual Random Acts of Kindness Week, which runs from 12th – 18th February. (You can find suggestions of what to do on the website). My random act of kindness was on the 15th February, where I took a Cadbury’s Creme Egg into my workplace for every member of staff, just to make their day a little sweeter.