The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting shocked the world and, in the wake of such tragedy, many are looking for ways to help the community of Newtown, Conn. An online campaign called “26 Acts of Kindness” was created not only as a way to give back to Newtown, but also as a way to impact communities around the world.
It all began when NBC’s Ann Curry asked herself “What can I do?” after the mass shooting on Friday, Dec. 14. On Sunday, she took to Twitter to contemplate the answer “to help heal us all.”
Imagine if we all committed to 20 acts of kindness for each child lost in Newtown? I’m in. RT #20Acts if YOU R in. #MTP #Supersoulsunday
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) December 16, 2012
Tens of thousands of people answered the call and thus began the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign to honor the 20 children and six teachers lost in the shooting at Sandy Hook, according to NBC. Of course, many Buffalonians have already joined in and below are reports of 26 “acts of kindness” than have taken place in and around Buffalo over the past few days.
@anncurry I pay for the elderly person’s groceries in front of me or behind me #20acts #26Acts #26actsofkindness — Barbara Talty (@BarbTalty) December 19, 2012
Doing #26ActsOfKindness on Xmas Eve w/my church The Way Christian Community giving food, clothing & gifts 4 two needy families @anncurry
— Tayrin T (@tayrin80) December 19, 2012
🙂 Purchased eight coffees for the mendoing construction work on the corner. They were so surprised, and so grateful! #20acts #26acts — Elmelinda Del Ponte (@Elmelinda322) December 19, 2012
Paid for the car behind mine’s order at @starbucks as part of #20Acts #26Acts
— Sara Niland (@slniland) December 19, 2012
@anncurry started my #26Acts today by giving to the city mission going to get them all in before the new year! — Jen Churchill (@churchij) December 19, 2012
The lady ahead of me just paid for my meal at Chipotle. Definitely passing it on. #26acts
— Nick Guy (@thenickguy) December 19, 2012
#26Acts I’m in! Today my sister & I are collecting dresses for a special girl who wants something pretty to wear the next school dance. — Jennifer JudgeMurphy (@industrialmom) December 20, 2012
6 & 7 Put money in the salvation army kettle and sent gift cards to the mail and paper carrier. #26Acts #26ActsOfKindness
— Tim Matthews (@timinbuffalo) December 20, 2012
Did 6 of my 26 acts of kindness for the children and teachers that lost their lives this week #26ACTS — Erica Crane (@ErkCrane) December 20, 2012
@anncurry I started off my #26Acts by telling one of my best friends just how much they mean to me. Something I’ve never done before! 🙂
— Jillian Warner (@JillianAlex23) December 20, 2012
#26acts inspired me to bring in a big bag of oranges to share with my co-workers to bring them a little “sunshine”. — jholbrook (@jholbrook) December 20, 2012
Taped notes on 600 candy canes to encourage the students at Alden High School to commit random acts of kindness. #26Acts
— Larissa Gramza (@lg08600) December 20, 2012
I work at a local @dunkindonuts here in Buffalo, NY and I made all my “regulars” personalized homemade Christmas cards! #26Acts #DD — Jazmyn(@jaz_sutt) December 20, 2012
Donated to Make-A-Wish this morning. #26acts
— Tim Toth (@Det_T_Toth115) December 21, 2012
Paid for coffee and bagel of person behind me this morning 🙂 #1 #26acts @anncurry — Kelly Cerifko (@EmmaEthansmom) December 21, 2012
Children’s Hospital of Buffalo just got some great new toys for their child care unit #26Acts twitter.com/EmilyProcknal/…
— Emily Procknal (@EmilyProcknal) December 21, 2012
#26acts bought coffee for the man behind me at the Tim Hortons drive through. Act 1, Buffalo NY thanks #AnnCurry — tara chiapelli (@TChiap) December 21, 2012
A man turned around & walked 20ft back to the store, in this crummy weather, just to open the door for me #26actsofkindness #payitforward
— Janelle Pierce (@janellenicole22) December 21, 2012
I love my friends so much. Thank you @christinasturm7 for always being there. And thank you for making my night 100x better. 🙂 #26acts — Emily Fox (@emilyrfox) December 22, 2012
Loving doing #26acts. I encourage you call to consider! Spread love❤ twitter.com/coopiejo/statu…
— Francesca Fuller (@coopiejo) December 22, 2012
@anncurry #26acts Sent a snowflake for the kids of Newtown when they go back to school ctpta.org/SANDY-HOOK-FUN…
— Tracey Maciejewski (@tmajic) December 22, 2012
Did my first of 26 acts of kindness…supplied our lowes delivery guys with energy drinks and Christmas cookies #26Acts
— Lori Hurley (@buffalo_chick) December 22, 2012
I just got $5 off my purchase at Animal Outfitters because of an anonymous donor participating in #26Acts of kindness. Truly fantastic.
— Katie Krawczyk (@KatieKraw) December 22, 2012
Just bought the guy behind us his Tim Hortons #26actsofkindness #happyholidays
— Kels (@G0toKell) December 22, 2012
A customer came in and bought Linds and I Starbucks #26ActsOfKindness #DayMade #PayItForward instagr.am/p/TjPmUYn3Qo/
— lindsey f. (@cameralinds) December 22, 2012
@anncurryI did #26actsofkindness, I gave out 26 lottery tickets at our local grocery store
— Diana Ray (@ladydiwny) December 22, 2012
Tweet @TrendingBuffalo and let us know if you are part of an act of kindness so we can continue sharing the good word.
Today at the Starbucks on the Corner of Transit & North French, Starting at 1:30 PM, ONE customer started a chain of events that lasted FOUR hours. In a matter of 4 hours, 140 customers made the choice to pay for the order behind them in the drive-thru line “Pay It Backward”! It’s these Buffalonian’s that truly deserve recognition for a Random Act of Kindness in the Name of Sandy Hook Elementary and the Holiday Season!
I’d like to challenge anyone and everyone out there to make the same thing happen again tomorrow, but even longer and larger!
Young lady in front of me this morning at Tim Horton’s Camp Rd Hamburg, N.Y bought me a coffee. Had some business to take care of, and bought a dad and his daughter a coffee and told the clerk to add a donut to the price at the same location several hours later “buy backwards”.