Turning Sandy Hook tragedy into acts of kindness

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting has inspired people around the country to commit random acts of kindness in honor of the fallen victims. It's part of the "#26Acts of Kindness" movement, inspiring people to do one good deed for each of the victims.

The movement, initiated by a tweet from Ann Curry, has spread across the country, including in Grand Junction. On the corner of 1st and Grand, 26 Christmas trees stand, each with a name of one of the victims. The public is invited to place ornaments or ribbons on the trees.

"This is a season when we don't want a tragedy like this to bring us down," said Richard Heintz who organized the trees. "We still want the season to be about love and caring, and this is a way of showing Sandy Hook that the whole world is in sympathy of the situation."

Similarly, 26 stockings hang from a tree in the median of Ute and Pitkin near 14th street. Anyone is invited to write letters to the families of the victims and place them in the stockings.

Grand Junction resident Annie Wright will then mail the letters to the families on Jan. 7.

"As parents, but just as humans, our hearts go out to them," Wright said. "We need to heal as well because events like this, we take close to home when we have our own children and how we're going to keep them safe. And we would certainly appreciate somebody extended our hand to us and letting us know they care."

Others, like Grand Junction resident Doug Baugh, are joining the movement by doing simple acts of kindness, such as shoveling the driveways of neighbors'.

"I think this whole nation could stand to be a little bit more kind to everybody," Baugh said.

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