26 Acts of Kindness

26 Acts of Kindness
From 26 Acts of Kindness Page on Facebook

The initial shock of the Newtown tragedy is wearing off, yet the sadness remains. I’ve had urges to DO something, to help in some way, but haven’t thought of a meaningful way to do so.

Then I noticed a friend’s status on Facebook this morning. She shared Ann Curry’s idea to perform ’26 Acts of Kindness’ in honor of the 26 children and adults who lost their lives last Friday.

It’s just what I need to do right now.

It feels odd to set about doing nice things for others and then brag about it. Doing that seems to take away from the good intentions. However, in an effort to encourage others to join in – pay it forward, if you will – I am going to write about my 26* acts here on the blog and on my Facebook page.

Here are my first six acts that I have done or will do this week:

1) Donate new and unwrapped toys to the Santa Rosa Fire Department’s Toys for Kids drive. (check!)

2) Give a meal of homemade soup and a loaf of bread to our neighbor who lost her husband this year.

3) Give Tori a Kiva gift card so she can choose an entrepreneur, likely in a third world country, to loan $25.00 to so that they may start or grow their business. (check!)

4) Donate some new socks and undershirts to the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless. Big O tire locations in Sonoma County are accepting coats, socks, blankets, and camping gear from now until January 12th, 2013.

5) Write a letter to someone I have been critical of and hard on lately telling them how thankful I am to have them in my life and that I am sorry for my behavior.

6) Spend an extra long time visiting with my elderly friend, Anna, this week. This Christmas will be her 101st! (check)

While we should all be performing acts of kindness towards others in our everyday life, it sometimes takes an event that rocks us to our core to intentionally and mindfully do so. It’s so easy to wrap ourselves up in our own lives. I know I am frequently guilty of this myself.

It would be wonderful to have you join me and blog about your acts of kindness, or simply share them here!

*As I am sure you know, there were 28 people who lost their lives that day – the assailant and his mother. I’m sure they both had many difficult challenges in their lives that we will never know about or understand. Because I don’t want to assume to know, I’ve decided to do two additional acts in the name of forgiveness. 



  1. December 19, 2012 / 9:59 am

    First of all, it’s not bragging – it’s inspiring others and I too am joining in the 26 acts of kindness. My first one smiling and saying hello to everyone that crosses my path today. Love to you and your family, Adrienne! xxoo

  2. December 19, 2012 / 11:07 am

    And let’s all make a point to try to compliment every beautiful woman we see… wait – that would be EVERY woman! Let’s all try to be kinder to each other, and express our affection, admiration, and care to each other more consistently.

  3. December 19, 2012 / 11:15 am

    @Cathi Thank you for saying that, Cathi. I sometimes feel like I am gloating when I share something I have done for another person. But you’re right – inspiring others to do acts of kindness is what it’s all about! So glad you’re doing it too. I am not surprised because I can see that you’re a generous and caring soul.
    Love to you and yours too!
    xoxo, A

  4. December 19, 2012 / 11:17 am

    @Janice YES! We do need to do that more often. A compliment from a stranger or friend is a wonderful gift to give – and showing our affection as well. Thank you for pointing that out, Janice. I am off to compliment lots of people today!

  5. December 19, 2012 / 11:22 am

    I might find this hard now as we are about to start our big yearly holidays! But I am going to have a go. Donating gifts is a big start for me- I am going to take the kids to buy some and wrap them and put them under a charity tree somewhere around town. Then I am going to donate some money for a charity to buy food for hampers to give to the needy. I do plenty of everyday kind things through the year, but I am always so busy at this silly time of the year, I become a bit self centred. somehow I am more relaxed this year about it all!

  6. December 19, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Bravo to you for doing what you are doing. Anne Curry is a wonderful woman and I admire her for getting the movement started.

  7. December 19, 2012 / 3:19 pm

    We are all guilty of being self-obsessed, I think it’s part of being human. But any act of kindness is a good thing!

  8. December 19, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    You are such a kind soul!

  9. December 19, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    This is a wonderful tribute to the victims, and a way to lighten the burden – I will do the same. Thank you, Adrienne!

  10. December 19, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    I love this idea Adrienne. I don’t think this is really tooting your own horn, I think its creating awareness to start a “pay it forward” movement in a very public way.

    I love that you share you social conscience on your blog 🙂

  11. December 20, 2012 / 6:46 am

    Not bragging at all, sharing some ideas, that’s all. And a great inspiration. I try to practice the random acts of kindness all the time, but (and this is going to sound very narcissistic) the person that I’m often the least kind to, is myself. Something about this horrific tragedy made me realize it – I’m still not sure of the connection, but I’m trying to change things, without hurting anyone around me. Does this sound weird?

  12. December 20, 2012 / 8:04 am

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Wishing you a blessed holiday season and a wonderful new year ahead!


  13. December 20, 2012 / 10:32 am

    I have been so very depressed by the tragedy in Connecticut. Add to that the horrific murder of two young children on the Upper West Side of Manhattan by their nanny in October and I feel I have spent the last two months terribly worried about young children everywhere. I will try to perform 26 acts of kindness. You are so good to add 2 more in the name of forgiveness, I have found myself unnerved by the stories coming out in our papers that the gunman’s mother knew her son was spiraling out of control.

  14. December 20, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    Thank you for remembering the assailant’s mother. People tend to forget that she was the first victim–killed in her sleep. According to what I’ve read from the expert psychologists, there was really no way for her to have predicted that her son would do such a thing. And after all, he was 20 years old…not a child. Everyone who knew her seems to be sharing stories about what a generous, loving person she was.
    This is such a good suggestion…paying it forward with acts of kindness. Thanks for sharing yours. It inspires me.

  15. December 21, 2012 / 7:08 am

    YOu are not bragging. You are inspiring! And thank you for that last paragraph.

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