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home : opinion : letters to the editor May 25, 2016

1/9/2013 9:46:00 AM
More acts of kindness

More acts of kindness
On Dec. 14, America watched in horror and disbelief as a young man massacred 20 innocent children and six adults in Newtown, Conn.
It was painful to imagine that those children could have been our own. I believe that God looked down and cried, too. Perhaps for a moment the devil had his own way.
So, how do we as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles respond to such a tragedy and live with this fear in our lives? Within a day of the Sandy Hook School shootings, Act 26 was created on Facebook and has since gone viral. Act 26 involves doing random acts of kindness in memory of every person who was killed that day.
People have responded by donating toys to homeless children, donating money to help others, buying a meal for strangers, helping a neighbor in need, praying for the children's families, volunteering, shoveling a snow-covered sidewalk, opening a door, sharing a smile and cup of coffee.
There are so many good things that we are all capable of doing.
Also, there are good, generous, loving people working to offset the actions of others. They help us realize if we put this in our hearts we can all make a big difference in this often cruel world.
It is my challenge for readers to start their own list of random acts of kindness. Don't stop at 26. Live it out every day.
During the holidays we are motivated to be more kind and generous, but let's keep it going all year long. Make this a part of your New Year's resolution and let's see if we can change things one act at a time!
     - Jeanne Holck,

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