How You Can Join Denver Parents with the Newtown Kindness Campaign
What can we do to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting?
NBC’s Anny Curry asked herself this question and posted this message on Twitter on Sunday: “Imagine if we all committed to 20 acts of kindness for each child lost in Newtown? I’m in. #20Acts”
Thousands of people responded to the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign that honors the 20 children and six teachers who were killed. Social media channels Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been flooded with positive messages.
Like many parents, I’ve been torn between protecting my children from this tragedy and making it a teaching moment. A blustery, snowy morning at the bus stop Wednesday morning made me realize knowledge motivates us to action.
My neighbor (who wishes to remain anonymous) has set the goal with her family to do 26 acts of kindness. “We’ve been feeling so helpless and isolated by all the hate that we wanted to instead focus on the positive.”
Their family of four sat down and brainstormed ideas. “Our kids got really excited about big and little service opportunities,” she said. “My 12-year-old son is really shy. He set the goal to smile and say ‘hello’ to 26 kids at school today, which is huge for him.”
Their plans include sending pizza to the local fire station, paying for the people behind them in line at the coffee shop, shoveling the walk for their elderly neighbor and putting a special surprise in each of the teacher’s boxes at the school.
“Doing 26 acts of kindness is helping us spread joy and I hope it teaches my children what the Christmas season is all about. If everyone performed even one kindness, what a big difference it would make,” she said.
Single Denver mom Jill Bender answered the call of the National and Connecticut PTAs to send one-of-a-kind paper snowflakes for a snowflake drive. When the Sandy Hook children return to school in a different building, the PTA will decorate their classrooms to look like a winter wonderland.
“My boys (ages 18, 16 and 9) thought it would be such an amazing and easy gesture. What a great way to help these kids and teachers feel the love and support of the nation.”
For more information, go to facebook.com/26actsand be sure to use #26acts when sharing your experiences on social media.
What acts of kindness have you done this holiday season?