Are you participating in #26Acts of Random Kindness in memory of Sandy Hook Elementary victims?

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Everyone is devastated by the slaying of 26 innocent children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary last week. In the face of such senseless violence, it’s easy to get pulled into a darkness.

Journalist Ann Curry has proposed a way to someone turn this unimaginably horrible situation into an inspiration for good. She asks everyone to consider doing an act of kindness, big or small, for every life lost inside of Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday:

“What if? Imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness for every one of those children killed in Newtown.”

Ann Curry’s proposal, known as #26acts on Twitter, has really taken off. She’s currently using her Twitter feed to retweet #26acts people are reporting doing.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch millions of people come up with ways to help others, or just bring a smile to someone else’s face.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – MLK Jr.

Many of the acts being shared involve small amounts of money, like giving other people lattes or flowers, or gift cards, or bigger tips; but many of them are kind gestures that don’t involve money at all.

You can donate to a charity or cause, or actually give money, toys, food, random gifts, to strangers. You can volunteer your time, help someone cross the street, do a chore for a family member or a task for a coworker, leave money to buy a coke on a vending machine, give your barista money to buy the next for drinks for people in line, the list goes on and on.

Are you in? Want to get involved with #26acts? Leave a personal note with your Random Act with the hash-tag #26acts so whoever is on the receiving end can use the information to find out more, and hopefully pay it forward.

There’s even a nifty sheet you can print out and use:


CLICK Here to learn more about each victim.

  • Carsyn

    Really exited about this! I didn’t have a clue about this but the day of the shooting I bought a police officers lunch and since then I have stuck three gift cards under peoples windshield wipers. Amazing! I hotter many people participate!

    • carsyn

      Oops, hope*

  • andiecohen

    People should be kind to others every day, it should not take a tragic event to make others do kind things.

  • Debra

    (You and I think alike, Carsyn!!) I haven’t been keeping track, but I had the same thought myself a few days after that happened and have been doing a least 1 thing per day, even if it’s just saying hello to a stranger on the street. This a.m. (Xmas), I took cookies and fudge over to two of my elderly neighbor gentlemen, who have both lost their wives. Such a small thing, yet one guy who opened the door when I walked up to it, was absolutely thrilled!! And regardless of anyone’s else’s reaction (INCLUDING apathy or indifference) to my random acts of kindness, I’m going to keep it up. It’s the only way to fight this evil that has invaded our country…