POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 1:18pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 1:19pm
In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, people are coming together to turn this horrific event into an act of kindness.
It started with a Tweet from Ann Curry, of NBC News, “Imagine if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I'm in. If you are RT. #20Acts.”
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.
Using the hastags #20acts and #26acts one woman tweeted "Paid off woman's layaway bill for her 5 kids at #toysrus. thanks to @anncurry for starting" #20acts #26acts
Even from across the world, another women tweeted "Bought a helmet for a teen in Indonesia driving without one. #20acts #26acts join us in remembering the kids and teachers in CT."
Robert Parker, father of victim Emilie Parker, made an emotional plea for that spirit to be the legacy of this tragedy.
"May we focus our energy on those who were taken from us and let their memories inspire us to do good. May we look for opportunities to give service and work toward bettering our communities. I feel that if we can do these things we will again feel empowered, and we will make a difference."
Newtown has received ourpouring support, yesterday anonymous deliveries of Christmas trees from North Carolina and a day of free coffee at the town's general store from California.
"It's really nice to see. you know, it's a small gesture, you know. but it's huge in its impact." said General Store Owner, Peter Leone.
Leone says it's not just calls from random strangers. His employees have also asked to help, including one worker who offered to donate salary money to one of the causes in town.
Family members who could not attend Monday's funeral of Noah Pozner wrote letters to be buried with him. To make sure they arrived in time, his aunt reached out for help.
Jet Blue flew the letters in, tweeting: "We're honored to have been able to help the loving family of little Noah."
"It warmed my heart so much that I am on a quest now to pay it forward." said Noah's aunt.
A Pennsylvania woman found a card with money on her windshield, with a message from the anonymous giver.
"How do you fight evil in the world? you fight it with good. this act of kindness is in memory of a child who lost his or her life"
A tragedy that ended 26 lives at one school, now touching so many more.