26 Acts of Kindness Campaign Gaining Followers

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack, many are looking for ways to help others to provide a sense of peace.

The fatal shooting of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary not only devastated the country it left many feeling helpless.

But a new trend, called 26 Acts of Kindness, has emerged thanks in part to NBC News correspondent Ann Curry.

According to the Associated Press, Curry sparked the campaign by asking herself after Friday's massacre in Connecticut: "What can I do?"

The answer, according to the AP, was performing 26 acts of kindness, one for each person killed in the attack. As recent as Thursday morning, Curry posted the suggestion to start the movement on her Twitter account.

Her efforts have launched a Facebook page that, as of Thursday afternoon had well over 37,000 likes and was growing by several dozens by the minute.

Several people have since replied to Curry with descriptions of the different kind acts they and loved ones have participated in.

While the movement can never fully heal the wound created by the loss of the children and staffers at the Connecticut elementary school, arguably, it is helping people regain a sense of peace and empowerment.

We pose the question to our Patch readers: What acts of kindness have you committed? What others do you suggest?”

ATC December 21, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Here's my take; Most of us are generally kind to others in our daily lives without thinking about it, which is how it should be. But even then, we sometimes are so caught up in trying to survive in these tough times, that an occasional reminder, like this "movement", is a good thing. And for those that need recognition for being kind...well, even then it's not all bad if the end result is more kindness, although I agree that it is a sad sign. BTW, the "movement" doesn't ask people what kindness they have done, that was asked by Gina Tenorio, the author of this Patch article.
Debbie C. December 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM
This is a new version of the original Pay It Forward. Although the number 26 was mentioned simply as a tribute to the poor victims of this tragedy, performing acts of kindness the rest of your life would be even better.
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Amen, Debbie C, Pay It forward really works and I love the way it multiples!
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I agree, Gary. Perhaps during rough times, even more kindness is needed.
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