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A Call For 26 Acts Of Kindness

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In honor of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, let’s make an effort to spread kindness in our communities.

I’m having a hard time this week thinking of anything but last week’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, which resulted in the horrific deaths of 20 children and six adults. At a time traditionally spent by families readying themselves to celebrate the holiday season, many families in Connecticut are instead planning their children’s funerals. It was heartbreaking to see the images of the children whose lives were stolen by such evil, and the more recent coverage of the funerals makes the feelings of loss and sorrow even greater.

As a fan of the TV show, "The Voice," I was touched by its Monday night tribute to the lost souls at Sandy Hook Elementary School. You can watch a clip of the song dedicated to these individuals below.



It’s hard to imagine such evil in the world; and there are folks around the country who are trying to counteract it by spreading kindness in their communities. For example, NBC correspondent Ann Curry tweeted: “Imagine if we all committed to 20 acts of kindness for each child lost in Newtown? I'm in. RT #20Acts if YOU R in.”

The hashtag #20Acts along with #26Acts for all the lives lost at Sandy Hook has caught on like wildfire, and it’s amazing to read some of the tweets about what people are doing to spread joy instead of sadness this holiday season.

People are giving gifts to the homeless; paying for groceries for someone in line ahead of them at the store; leaving money on random windshields in dedication to the children; and buying presents for children who are less fortunate.

There are so many ways to spread kindness around the world, and I’m definitely joining in. This week, I’ve donated blood at our local holiday blood drive, as well as clothes to Goodwill. My sister Courtney and I also donated all of our old prom dresses to the Cinderella Project, a non-profit organization that gives dresses to girls whose families can’t afford to buy them for events like prom. Also, as a member of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary, I’m proud our group is giving beef roasts to the food pantry again for Christmas. Finally, this Christmas, I donated close to 100 copies of my children’s book, “Levi’s Lost Calf,” to kids in need.

Random acts of kindness don’t have to cost money, either. Why not donate your time and talents at your church, local food bank or homeless shelter? Or take some time to write something nice on someone’s Facebook wall? Call up your folks and tell them how much you appreciate them. Make a nice dinner for your spouse. Spend some time with the neighbor kids and teach them something new. Donate some of your Christmas goodies to your mailman, hair dresser, bus driver, etc. Write letters to the troops, or support the All-American Beef Battalion. The possibilities are endless.

Please join me in making something positive out of such a terrible act of violence. Let’s honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School by spreading kindness, joy and charity around our communities. Just imagine if each of us committed to doing one nice thing each day from now until Christmas; the number of lives we can positively impact together is huge!

Will you join me? If so, what acts of kindness will you try to do this week? Share your ideas in the comments section below to help inspire others to do the same!

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on Dec 19, 2012

Amanda,

I had not seen the Voice tribute, but wow, powerful! Thank you for sharing.

My bride used to do a "cookie and gift" exchange with the ladies in our community. Two years ago she organized with a school counselor to get a list of local families in our rural MI school district and instead of exchanging gifts with each other, they buy "wants and needs" for the children directly in our school. These are students in our immediate area, our neighbors, and the gifts are delivered with anonymous class and dignity for both giver and recipient, and it has caught on like wildfire. The woman (and their husbands:) have jumped in whole heartedly and and usually buy over and beyond! As one woman said, "what is a Christmas need for a child without the fun of a little Christmas want?" I am so proud of my wife and the women in my community. Anyway, just one example of what someone might try that will have a positive and direct impact on your community.

Thank you for your commentary and challenge to all to do 26 Acts of Kindness. This country seems to be a little bit on-tilt these days, and at the sake of not getting political, I will get a little religious:). God Bless you and this country. Merry Christmas America!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 19, 2012

Great idea! We accepted the challenge today. We went shopping today--we found lots of ways to help others. Shared a silly card with some ladies walking thru the card section-bought a stranger his lunch--helped an elderly lady get a box of crackers from the top shelf.Let a lady ahead of us in line as she had one item. Found a item for a couple who was shopping in the store for the first time. Just smiled at others and wished them Merry Christmas!! Do hope others will do acts of kindness!! We really enjoyed the day!!

on Dec 20, 2012

Today was a joyous day. We are traveling from Texas to Iowa. At a rest area in Oklahoma there was a gentleman waiting patiently as I strapped my Grandson into his car seat. Much to my surprise he handed me a Christmas card. In it there was a gift card to Starbucks with a message that said, in honor of the 26 lives lost in Newtown CT, we are doing 26 random acts of kindness. You are #19. Pay it forward.

In a country where we stand for nothing, so we are falling for everything it is joyous to see God is sending his Angels among us to remind us he is still in charge. Amen

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