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

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack, many of those who are grieving are looking for ways to help others as a means of recovery.

The fatal shooting of 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? 

P. King December 21, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What a great idea. Today I'm bringing over dinner to friends who are ill. I look forward to committing to this and I will enjoy this opportunity to finding ways to express kindness to those around me. Happy New Year
Amanda Rimmer December 22, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Perhaps Ms. Curry should consider renaming her effort "27 Acts". The shooter's mother was murdered in her sleep. Her life was as valuable as those that were taken in the school.

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