Thursday, December 27, 2012

26 Acts of Kindness: Be Part of It

The Newton shooting inspired a movement of love and charity. An act of heinous violence resulted in an outpouring of sympathy so great it was as if the world wanted to wrap its arms around the families and try to make things right... if only they could.

Although the town is grateful for the generousity of gifts and donations, unlike natural disasters, this type of event does not get better from truckloads of boxed items.

With this in mind, a movement called the 26 Acts of Kindness was borne.  People are encouraged to, in memory of the 26 victims of the Newtown shooting, perform random acts of kindness to those around them.

Isn't this, afterall, what we Christians should be doing all the time? Acts of kindness to those around us? This is a wonderful reminder and a terrific way to start the habit with your kids and family members... with your church groups and social clubs.  Be part of the movement.

Read more about it here: 

Newtown Shootings Inspire '26 Acts Of Kindness' Campaign

A woman and child earlier this week at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn. 
A woman and child earlier this week at a makeshift memorial in Newtown, Conn.
Shannon Stapleton /Reuters /Landov
The idea is simple:
Do "26 acts of kindness" — one for each of the 20 children and six adults killed last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Stories and photos are coming in to the "26 Acts of Kindness" Facebook page.
Since NBC News' Ann Curry tweeted that idea earlier this week, it's taken off. Thousands have tweeted back to her about things they've done.
— Donating trees.
— Delivering meals.
— Anonymously leaving money for a co-worker who's struggling.
— Helping a stranger who's short on cash in the check-out line.
— Donating frequent flier miles to Make A Wish.
You get the idea.
There's a 26 Acts of Kindness page on Facebook. It's had more than 31,500 "likes."
And there are variations on the theme: "20 acts" to focus on the children; "27 acts" to include gunman Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy, who police say he killed before the attack on the school. Curry writes to those who've joined up: "All good. You are in charge of this wave now."

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