Thursday, December 20, 2012

26 Random Acts

I hope I am joining what will become a national phenomenon. From the moment I read about the 26 Random Acts of Kindness here, I was ready to join in. I've always tried to be a good and kind person, but I'm hoping that this challenge will encourage others to participate as well. This isn't the first I've heard of "paying it forward", but with the tragic even at Sandy Hook Elementary, our country needs this more than ever. It wasn't long ago that our country came together after 9/11 and started treating their neighbors with kindness. Sad that it takes a tragic event to stir these acts of benevolence, but it does seem to ease to pain felt by the loss of innocent victims. We wanted to help somehow, but felt that there was nothing we could do.

Random Act of Kindness #1 - in honor of Charlotte Bacon (age 6)
100% tip to our waitress

Last night, at our usual YoTaco Wednesday dinner, we decided as a family to start our 26 Acts of Kindness.  The people at Tres Amigos know us when we walk it and can even tell us what our order is going to be because we are there every Wednesday. We are pretty predictable. It's not always easy to give a large tip at dinner, but because our bill was small we were easily able to give a 100% tip to our waitress. It's a small act that I hope will spread to others.

Random Act of Kindness #2 in honor of Daniel Barden (age 7)
Sent Christmas cards purchased from Habitat for Humanity and World Wildlife Federation to support the good work they do.

This act is just as small, but I hope will have some impact. I purchased Christmas cards from Habitat for Humanity and the World Wildlife Federation to send out to family and friends. I would have sent cards regardless, but it made me feel good to support these two causes.

Now it's time for me to go Tweet my actions using the  #26Acts hashtag. If you don't use Twitter, you can also participate on FaceBook here.

I hope you will join me and my family in honoring the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary and then continue beyond that honors others who have lost their lives to senseless violence or while serving our country. Let us once again be the United States of America - standing together.

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