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The 26 Acts of Kindness movement has taken off! On Sunday, NBC's Ann Curry sent out a tweet, encouraging people to perform 20 acts of kindness in memory of the 20 children killed in the Newtown, Conn. shooting. "I'm in," she declared. "RT if you're in." And over the last several days, thousands of people worldwide have joined her, bumping the hashtag number up to 26 to include the six teachers who also lost their lives. Watch the Today segment about the phenomenon here:
"What’s really remarkable to me is how many people responded," Curry wrote on the NBC News website. "They are the ones who carried the ball. They are the ones who chose what to do. People would tweet back, I’ve done two! 'I bought coffee for a guy in line!' 'I bought toys for homeless children!' 'I’ve got 18 more to go!' or '24 more to go!' -- whatever number they were trying to reach."
Even several celebrities have gotten in on the act.
"How do we start to make this right?" tweeted Maria Menounos. "Today ppl are performing #26actsofkindness to honor #SandyHook Tell me about ur #26Acts #28Acts #20Acts." Then Menounos began tweeting her own acts and offered Curry encouragement: "I sent treats 2my teachers @AnnCurry:Despite your wish to be humble,reveal your #20Acts #26Acts of kindness Theres honor in inspiring others."
"So inspired by #26acts," tweeted Nia Vardalos. "Left $26 tip for a mom of 2 teens. Here's another place to give $26: RT @Genosworld"
There are no words to describe the magnitude of the sorrow this tragedy has brought. And there are no words to rectify it. But thousands of people committing acts of kindness in the victims' memory? That's powerful.