Acts of kindness to honor the children of Newtown

When violence happens around us, it's hard not to feel incredibly sad and powerless. But we can use that energy in a positive way. So many have, already. Have a look.

So many people have decided to commit acts of kindness and compassion since the tragic loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that it would be impossible to list them all. Love that! Here are a few sites you can go to for inspiration. Will you commit to acts of kindness? How about 20—one to honor each child? Or even one for each person who died?

NBC News anchor Ann Curry started the ball rolling by asking people to “imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown.” Want to see what people have done? Check out Twitter #20Acts, #26Acts, or #26ActsOfKindness.

Acts have included everything from giving someone a hug or kind word to topping up someone’s parking meter to baking cookies for a beloved teacher and even paying off a stranger’s layaway bill.

Will you take part in honoring the children of Newtown?

If you are in need of guidance in helping comfort children after this tragedy, or explain about violent events, please have a look at this webpage, “explaining and coping with school violence from CASEL.”