10:27 pm - 12/18/2012

'Inspired to Act: #26Acts of Kindness to Honor those Lost in Newtown' by Ann Curry

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.

Some changed the hashtag to #26ActsOfKindness, some wanted to increase it to 27, and 28. All good. You are in charge of this wave now.

We are curating some of the acts shared so far, as a way to inspire you, and maybe help heal us all.

Fred Rogers once said that when he saw scary things in the news as a boy, his mother would say, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

Below, find some of the helpers.

Are you in?

To view more #20Acts / #26Acts tweets, click here.

chandyland11 18th-Dec-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, you said it much better than I could. I definitely agree that I'm glad people are still actually doing kind things regardless of the reason, and in that respect it is ten times better than KONY2012.

I really just compared it to Kony because both were charitable campaigns that went viral. Even before Kony turned out to be bogus, it just felt ridiculous how so many people jumped on board because everyone else was doing it or because they wanted recognition for being a good person, rather than jumping on board because they genuinely cared and wanted to.
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