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December 22, 2012

Mayor's Desk: Acts of kindness for Newtown victims

There is a movement underway on Twitter. It’s called #26Acts and was started by @AnnCurry and is going viral with tweets.

Before describing the movement, let me do some deciphering. If you don’t know, Twitter is a social media information network on the internet. Tweets are information bursts that make up the content on Twitter. A tweet can be no more than 140 characters total.

@AnnCurry is the user name that the real Ann Curry, former NBC News and Today Show anchor, has given herself on Twitter. (My username is @MayorKirk). I follow her on Twitter, and she tweeted a message that is circulating now among millions of people – in other words, going viral.

@AnnCurry’s Tweet was this: “Imagine if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown.”

A hashtag, or #, is a mark that can be put into a Tweet, and is a way to categorize the content on Twitter. If you search on #26Acts, #20Acts or @AnnCurry on Twitter, the Tweets describing the acts of kindness people are doing pop up.

Here is a list of 26 acts of kindness that people have tweeted about:

1. Delivered food to the food bank.

2. Act 5 of 26, just gave a lady $5 at AC Moore in memory of the principal.

3. Donating to 26 different charities.

4. Christmas caroling at Target.

5. Put quarter in parking meter for a stranger.

6. Donated gift cards for children living in domestic violence shelter.

7. Gave my trash man cookies.

8. Getting people on the bone marrow registry.

9. Gave away $10 Starbucks cards.

10. Went to a local diner and left tip as big as the bill.

11. I don’t earn much but donated 10% of this week’s paycheck to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

12. Dropped off toys and dog food at animal shelter.

13. Today is my son is 11 years old. We gave gloves to every child in his class.

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