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#20acts: A hash tag that is making a difference
December 23, 2012 - Art Smith
A little more than a week ago a gunman did the unspeakable at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The press quickly descended on the town to let the world know about the events that took the lives of 26 people at the school.
Among those covering the story was Ann Curry, a NBC News national and international correspondent, and former co-anchor of "The Today Show."
Curry is a very active social networker, frequently posting to both Facebook and Twitter. On Twitter she has more than a million followers. On Facebook more than 620,000 follow her page.
She posted a simple request on both sites shortly after the shootings that people could honor those that died by performing random acts of kindness. Her first post urged people to perform 20 acts to remember the children who died. She later changed it to 26 to include the teachers and administrators who died at the school.
The movement has gained a lot of traction in the last few days with people performing acts of kindness for people that are in many cases total strangers. The phrases #20acts and #26acts being used to share acts performed by and to people across the globe.
Curry's original tweet on Dec. 16 was simple.
Many people did retweet it (RT) and thousands decided to make something good from the evil.
A search on Twitter gives examples of what some people are doing, they include things like:
Literally thousands of acts are being performed in the movement that is now worldwide. Some are small, others huge. Many recipients are taking photos of things left on their windshields, the sender numbers many acts; some are in honor of particular people that lost their lives.
The gun debate will go on for months and will be likely get nasty before a resolution is reached. It will not, in most cases, be something that citizens will have much of a voice in.
The random act movement is something that everyone can take part in and make immediate good from something so horribly evil.
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