Friday’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary left our country devastated, and have many of us wondering what we can possibly do — even in a very small way — to help alleviate the suffering of Newtown families and to honor the memories of the victims.
NBC News correspondent Ann Curry has sparked a viral campaign on Twitter that resulted from asking herself what she could do to to help. In a blog post on NBC New’s site, Curry wrote:
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.
Since she posted to Twitter on Sunday, the hashtag #26Acts has been trending on Twitter, and a “26 acts of Kindness” Facebook page has received over 17,000 likes. Head over to the sites and check out the acts of kindness people have posted as a form of healing.
If you feel moved to help the Sandy Hook community directly, you can send donations to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund through the United Way of Western Connecticut or through the Newton Rotary Club. One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.