One week ago, our nation was affected, in some way or another, by the tragic events that unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut. 26 lives were lost, including 20 children and 6 adults. This is still hard to understand, and will be for some time.
Today, we turn on the news to hear stories of heartbreak and sorrow, while viewers try to make sense of what occurred. There is no doubt that December 14, 2012 will sit in our hearts forever. The children and adults were innocent. Lives ended way too soon.
With two children enrolled at a local Elementary school and another young child at home, I can not imagine the loss and questions that residents in Newtown, Connecticut have.
While we may all be in different cities or states, there is one thing we can do to honor those lost: 26 Acts of Kindness.
Ann Curry of NBC News answered a question several of us have asked over the past week, “What can I do?”
She had a simple answer: 26 Acts of Kindness
The idea is that we, as a community, commit to perform 26 random acts of kindness in memory of the students, teachers and staff who lost their lives in Newtown, CT. One act of kindness for each life lost.
My family enjoys random acts of kindness, and these will be even more special! With each act of kindness we perform, I will let the recipient know “why” and ask that they pay it forward at least once.
Ready to get started? Here are a few quick ideas to help out:
– Leave a note on a stranger’s car.
– Open the door for a group of people.
– Help someone load groceries into their vehicle.
– Pay for someone’s coffee.
– Buy someone lunch.
– Send Christmas cards to the Nursing Home.
– ….your ideas are endless. The random acts need not cost money, they simply need to cost a smile.
Do something good. Share a few smiles. Join us, and commit to #26Acts. I’m in!