There is no doubt that each of us… in one way or another… were affected by the tragic events we watched unfold in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14th. The death of 20 children is hard to understand no matter what side of the gun control, mental health, or “other agenda” issue you are on. The innocence of these 20 children remains… as does the sad truth that their lives ended way too soon.
I have seen story after story of heartbreak and grief. I have watched as these children’s faces ran across the television screen. They are hard to forget. I can’t forget.
I have a 7 year old daughter.
I have a 1st grader.
I cannot even begin to imagine the loss, the pain, the emptiness. But… what I can do is help to ensure that those 20 children… and 6 adults that lost their life on Friday continue to serve a purpose. That their lives still have meaning. That their legacy lives on. That their memory inspires others to do good.
#26Acts of Kindness
As I watch my Facebook feed for stories coming out of Connecticut, I was instantly attracted by the headline of one:
Inspired to act: #26Acts of kindness to honor those lost in Newtown, Conn.
Ann Curry of NBC News answered a question several of us have asked over the past week, “What can I do?”
Her solution? #26Acts of kindness. Simple. Meaningful. Unforgettable.
But, people not only jumped on the idea… they added to it with the adults who also lost their life inside the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary. And thus #26Acts of Kindness was born.
The concept? Commit to performing 26 random acts of kindness in memory of the heroic teachers and staff, and innocent children, who lost their lives in Newtown, CT.
Are you in? I am. I cannot wait. I have a plan. Each random act of kindness I perform will be in memory of the 26. I will ensure that the recipient knows and understands that and ask that they simply pay it forward.
Here are some random acts of kindness ideas to get started:
- Pay for the person behind you at the movie theater
- Give tickets to a sporting event to a stranger
- Leave a delivery driver a card and plate of cookies
- Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person
- Deliver meal to a sick friend
- Leave a note on a stranger’s car
- … the possibilities are endless!
Are you in? Are you committed to do something and create good? Join #26Acts.
Head over to my friend The Frugalette‘s blog to find others joining the cause.
— Staci Salazar (@7onashoestring) December 19, 2012