Kristin's son Thomas was born on March 9, 2005, and died 20 hours later. In his obituary, Kristin and her husband, Sandy, asked their friends and family to do something kind in Thomas's memory. And every year since then, on Thomas's birthday (March 9th), they have continued to ask people to join them in doing a random act of kindness (RAK), because Thomas was here. It could be something as simple as shovelling a neighbour's driveway, buying coffee for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop or calling an old friend, just because. Last year, more than 1,600 people participated.
This year would have been Thomas's 10th birthday, and Kristin & Sandy had the wild idea that they should aim high and set a big goal -- a REALLY big goal: 10,000 RAKs. A month ago, there were about 2,500 people committed; as of this afternoon, more than 8,500 people had signed up!
Along the way, Kristin has been interviewed on CBC Toronto's Metro Morning radio program, and on Global TV Toronto. There was an article in the Guelph Mercury and there will be one this weekend in the Toronto Star. Kristin also told her own story recently on the Women You Should Know website.
I would love to see Kristin & Sandy reach their goal -- they are so close! :) Would you like to help -- and, more importantly, spread a little love and kindness in Thomas's memory? (Our world could certainly use more of it!)
- Visit the Facebook event page and click "going." (More information is also available year-round on the Be Kind for Thomas Facebook page.)
- Ask your own family members & friends to join you.
- Remember to look for opportunities to be extra kind and spread some sunshine on Monday.
- And, if you're so inclined, return to the Facebook page on or after Monday, and let Thomas's parents know what you did in his memory. :)