Former Today Show host Ann Curry touched off a series of nice gestures yesterday when she asked people to try to commit 20 acts of kindness each as a way to remember the 20 children killed in the Newtown, CT massacre. Curry’s single tweet turned into a barrage of retweets of random acts of kindness performed by people all over the place.
Explains Curry on NBC.com:
Newtown’s heartbreak has a lot of us asking, “What can I do?” Thinking about this, 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. The acts are spreading overseas, including one tweeted from Borneo.
Of course, practicing random acts of kindness will not bring those children back, nor will they fix our country’s broken mental healthcare system and too-lenient gun laws. Nor will they alleviate the more systemic problems most of the tweeters are trying to help others with, which are mainly related to people not having enough money to live adequately. But as a way of helping people try to feel better after a seemingly incomprehensible act of violence, they’re pretty great. It’s always nice to do nice things for people, especially at times like these.