Perhaps you’ve heard of a movement underway to perform 26 Acts of Kindness on behalf of each of the precious lives lost in Newtown, Conn.
Like all of you, I found myself absolutely devastated and heartbroken after that horrific event at Sandy Hook Elementary. Not only am I mom, but also a former first-grade teacher. I can see the sweet faces of my kids and my students at that age as clearly as if it were yesterday. Like many of you, in the wake of this national tragedy, I felt helpless and found myself asking, ‘How can I help make this a better world for our children?’
The answer came when I heard of a tweet posted by TV correspondent, Ann Curry after covering the Sandy Hook Shooting for NBC.
“Imagine if all of us committed to 20 mitvahs/acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I’m in. If you are RT #20Acts.”
Curry’s message immediately went viral and has since inspired tens of thousands to perform random acts of kindness.
26 Acts of Kindness: I’m in. Are you?
What a beautiful way to counter hatred! By reaching out to one another, we create ripples of kindness that spread to those we don’t know but to whom we are all ultimately connected.
In the words of Ann Curry, “I’m in!” Are you?
I am asking you join me and thousands of others by making a commitment to perform 26 Acts of Kindness this year – that’s one kind gesture in honor of each of the 20 sweet children and 6 brave adults killed.
Kind acts come in all shapes and sizes and there is no act too big or too small. Perhaps you put money in an expired parking meter for someone, or allow someone in a hurry or with a crying baby to go ahead of you at the grocery store. Maybe you pay $5 dollars of someone’s restaurant tab.
“There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.” ― Catherine Ryan Hyde, Pay It Forward
One woman says her friend Julie Heinig was loading up her car after shopping when a man tapped her on the arm and handed her ribboned basket full of treats. “This is for you,” he said. A tag on the basket read: “We are doing 26 Random Acts of Kindness to honor the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School. You are #8! Happy Holidays. Spread the Love!” It was the first Heinig had heard of the #26Acts. “It really made you stop and think how connected we all are,” Heinig said. “And how we need to take care of each other.” – Detroit News
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”― Desmond Tutu
So when you do your “little bit of good” I ask that you share your thoughts, experiences and/or photos on our Facebook page with the hope of motivating some of our 2,300 followers to do the same. The Sugar Babes and I will do the same. Let’s see how far we can take this – one kind act at a time.
I’m in! Are you friends?