When I heard about NBC’s Ann Curry asking her online followers to commit to 26 Acts of Kindness, one for every person who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook shooting, I was motivated to join in. It was shortly after I heard of a hometown charity that was in need for Christmas donations. In response to Ann Curry’s plea for 26 Acts of Kindness, I decided to bring 26 donations to help reach their goal of 600 to the Kitsap County teens in need for the holidays.
All Teens Matter was started by Lanette Duchesneau when she wasn’t able to provide for her own teenage daughter while undergoing Cancer treatment. Many successful programs, such as Toys for Tots, have an age limit of 14. To Lanette, it isn’t necessarily the gifts they receive, but knowing that people in our community care about these teens during a crucial stage of growing up. I am a Bremerton native, and was inspired as a teen by community members like her.
A huge “thank you” to the donations from Mike Kussman, manager at the Best Buy in Bellevue, who donated an ipod touch and DVDs. Several other community members donated make up, mattresses, coats, and other well desired items.
The Sandy Hook Elementary shooting affected so many because of the young, innocent lives it took. I believe in a better community, and am happy to be a part of 26 Acts of Kindness. This year, touch the hearts of those who need your help.
If you want to be a part of this social media trend share on KING 5 Community Facebook page or tweet using the #26Acts. To find out how you can help contact Lanette (360) 710-2761.