Dec24

My 26 Acts of Kindness

Believe it or not, sometimes I’m thankful for my bouts on insomnia, like last night. Unable to sleep, I decided to scroll through my Instagram feed, and that’s when I saw someone had tipped a waiter/waitress the same amount their dinner cost. At the bottom of the check it read: #26ActsofKindness. So, I looked it up and found this notion of doing 26 random acts of kindness to remember the 26 lives lost at Newtown. The idea started with Ann Curry, when she sent a tweet out into the twitter-verse. From buying groceries for strangers and handing out candy canes and lottery tickets to buying coffee for the next 26 people behind them in line, people everywhere are becoming part of the movement. I was so touched by the whole thing, I started to think, “What can I do?” And then it hit me: I’ll take 26 of my handmade hair bows and give them out to 26 little girls. Why hair bows? I learned how to make bows after kiddo was born, and I just feel so blessed to have her in my life. So, I gathered up 26 of them, made labels explaining why I was doing what I was doing, gave it the appropriate hashtags so people can see what the movement is all about, bagged them up and put the plan into motion. I plan to carry the bows with me and will hand them out between now and the end of the year until they are gone. I encourage you to find 26 things you can do to keep the memory of these women and children alive. Please pay it forward. And merry Christmas Eve.