The campaign sparked from a question NBC News correspondent Ann Curry asked herself after Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School: “What can I do?”
Ann Curry’s 1.3 million followers committed, suggesting that the number be increased to 26, to honor teachers and students. And so the #26Acts hashtag was born. As she writes in an article on the NBC news site, “What’s really remarkable to me is how many people responded. They are the ones who carried the ball. They are the ones who chose what to do. People would tweet back, ‘I’ve done two!’ ‘I bought coffee for a guy in line!’ ‘I bought toys for homeless children!’ or ’24 more to go’ – whatever number they were trying to reach.”
As Curry says, it doesn’t matter what you do or how much money you spend, or even if you report back. “I know the truth,” she writes. “If you do good, you feel good. It’s the most selfish thing you can do. Right now, this country wants to heal. I think the only thing comforting in the face of a tragedy like this is to do something good with it if you can. Be a part of that wave.”
There’s a good list of them on the USA Today website, and it only takes a small act to make a difference.
The social media sites describe acts of kindness directed toward members of the Newtown community, as well as to others across the nation and even globally. On Twitter, users tweeted Curry with photos and descriptions of their acts of kindness. Examples of good deeds include paying for parking meters, tolls and layaway accounts.
Tell us what are you doing to carry this moment forward. Tell us what you are doing?