‘26 Acts of Kindness’ Campaign to Honor School Victims Gains Support

Ann Curry asks us to pay it forward

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

Mourning will take one form Friday as many, including Patch and other websites, honor a nationwide moment of silence in their memories. Coronado hosted its own candlelight vigil only hours after the tragedy.

But a new trend, called “26 Acts of Kindness,” also 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 recently 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 dozen a 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 cannot fill the void created by the loss of the children and staffers at the school, arguably, it is helping people regain a sense of peace and empowerment.

We pose the question to Patch readers: Will you join the movement? What acts of kindness have you committed to honor those who were lost?