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Friday, December 21, 2012

26 Acts of Kindness ( #26Acts )

When I first heard of the shooting in Newton, CT on December 14th, I was horrified. Off and on for days I cried about the tragedy of it all. I kept picturing the surviving family members dealing with their loss and constantly being reminded of it. What happens at Christmas when they have presents to give to a child who is no longer with us? What happens when someone sets the table and there is an extra chair? What happens when the laundry gets done and there is no longer a some one to fill those clothes? How is it possible to live every day with a loss like that?

I don't know. I do believe there is hope for a reunion someday, but that knowledge doesn't automatically make everything easier on day one.

Earlier this week I read a blog post on E Tells Tales that brought 26 Acts of Kindness to my attention. It's a movement in honor of the lives lost, and all it involves is a little kindness. Some participants have chosen to do 20 random acts of kindness in memory of the children who died. Others are doing 26 to include the adults. Still others chose to perform 27 acts for the shooter's mother. Some have chosen 28 to include the shooter himself.

Ann Curry started all this and it has since gone viral. She shares via her Twitter, and there's also a Facebook page.

My first act was sneaking this gift card into a woman's stroller while at the library (with a note about it). I actually chose 28 acts because everyone is entitled to forgiveness. Even if they never ask for it.


  1. What a great idea! I bet that mother who you gave the gift card to was happy, I probably would have cried if someone did that for me.

  2. Wow. What an awesome movement! I love it.

  3. This is such a great idea! I've heard little bits here and there about this movement and it warms my heart to see such kindness!

    Over from Yours Truly

  4. I absolutely love these kinds of posts! I followed a friend that did this and it was awesome following along! Found your blog from Chels over at Yours Truly! Excited to be your newest follower!

  5. I find myself thinking constantly about what I can do next. Hopefully today I can whip up some treats to anonymously leave on neighbor porches!


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