’26 Acts of Kindness’ honors Newtown victims

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An online campaign called ’26 Acts of Kindness’ has gone viral over the past few days.

The idea originated when NBC’s Ann Curry tweeted: “Imagine if all of us committed 20 mitvahs/acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown.” She also tweeted the hashtag #20Acts.

’20 Acts’ quickly changed to ’26 Acts’ and the idea has spread across social media. Curry posted:

“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.”

Random acts of kindness include simple gestures like complimenting a stranger, scraping the ice or snow off a neighbor’s window, helping an elderly stranger cross the street, tipping your waiter additional cash or donating blood.

Beyond acts of kindness, there are several other ways to help the victims’ families.

The United Way of Western Connecticut has set up this fund to provide support services to families and the community.

The nonprofit mental health clinic Newtown Youth and Family Services will be open for grief counseling. They say all donations made at this time will go to helping those impacted.

The Newtown Parent Connection has also pledged to try and bring in extra counselors to help parents cope.

Some private funds have been set up to help victims as well. The Newtown Memorial fund is taking donations and is also actively recruiting volunteers and offers of help of all kinds.

A fund has also been set up to help the family of 6-year-old Emilie Parker, who was killed at Sandy Hook. For ways to help her family you can visit the fund’s Facebook page.

Save The Children has released 10 tips for parents wondering how to help their children deal with their feelings about such a traumatic event.

A number of other organizations, such as the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have released recommendations for parents and teachers as to how to support children if they want to talk about what happened.

Sandy Hook Elementary is located at 12 Dickenson Drive, Sandy Hook, Conn., 06482, for anyone wanting to send a card.

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