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Local woman inspired by #26Acts of Kindness movement

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, people from all over are performing random acts of kindness.

You may have heard of the #26Acts movement sparked by a tweet from NBC's Ann Curry.

A local woman from Altoona along with thousands of others was inspired by the tweet.

Kelly Jo Wright teaches forensics at UW-Eau Claire. She wanted to do something in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The number "26" represents each of the lives lost last month.

Search "#26Acts" and you'll see the many different acts of kindness people are taking part in, along with Wright.

"After the Sandy Hook incident, I was devastated and I kept thinking what can I do, what can I do? And there were some places you could make monetary donations, but not having a lot of wealth, that wasn't a huge option for me," said Wright who saw the tweet soon after the incident. "I thought this is something I can do."

Wright is making it a point to turn her #26Acts into a habit of kindness.

"I wanted to figure out a way to continue that through the year so one of my (New Year's) resolutions is to complete at least 26 acts of kindness every month during 2013," Wright told us.

So far, she has completed her first 26 acts and is already onto her next 26.

"Like letting someone in front of me at the line at the grocery store which sounds really simple but it really brought great joy to that person. I signed up to donate blood. I've never given blood. I'm terrified but I go in Friday to do that," said Wright.

Other ideas, she said she wants to keep anonymous.

"Some of them I want to keep secret because to me that's part of the joy, that I can do things anonymously, that I can bring joy to other people," said Wright.

Wright said one of her students wrote a message of thanks to her with "#26Acts" written across the bottom of a final exam.

"It literally brought tears to my eyes and she signed it with the #26Acts and that to me was really really special," said Wright.

If you want to join the #26Acts movement, you can learn more HERE.

If you need a little inspiration for your #26Acts, take a look at these 26 ideas:
Buy coffee for the person behind you in line

Pay someone’s parking ticket

Rake leaves for a neighbor

Leave a gift card a drive-through window

Take a homeless person lunch

Leave candy in the cable guy’s van

Send flowers to a rehab facility

Pay off a lay-away bill

Buy hot chocolate for a veteran

Pay an elderly couple’s bill

Write your kindergarten teacher a thank you note

Bill a client at $0.00.

Give truffles to a secretary

Leave cash-filled post-it notes

Leave thank you cards for your sanitation crew

Leave a surprise treat in someone’s grocery cart

Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Donate a toy to a group like the Salvation Army

Donate to a Sandy Hook relief fund like the Newtown Rotary Club

Donate to a local blood drive

Take a pet to visit a senior citizen

Give clothes to Goodwill

Praise your boss

Send a treat to a day care center

Volunteer to read in a school

Pick up trash you see


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