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Newtown Tragedy Inspires 26 Acts of Kindness

photo credit: mtsofan via photopin cc

Photo credit: mtsofan via photopin cc.

A movement to spread 26 acts of kindness to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is growing thanks to publicity from NBC News’ Ann Curry.

Curry wrote,

Newtown’s heartbreak has a lot of us asking, “What can I do?” Thinking about this, I took to Twitter and asked people to imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I added, “I’m in. If you are, RT #20Acts.”

Tens of thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook not only seized the idea, they increased it to #26Acts, to include the heroic teachers, and are launching acts of kindness big and small all over America. The acts are spreading overseas, including one tweeted from Borneo.

Using the hashtag #26ActsOfKindness on Twitter and the Facebook page 26 Acts of Kindness, people are sharing their acts of generosity. One contributor to the Facebook page wrote, “Seems like a sensible response to a senseless act of violence. I’m in!”

Another way of responding to honor victims will come tomorrow morning at 9:30. The governor has asked that the entire state observe a moment of silence, and that houses of worship and government buildings ring their bells 26 times in honor of the students and educators.

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