UPDATE: Read some of the acts of kindness offered by people in Columbia.
COLUMBIA — People are hurting as they try to fathom the loss of more than two dozen children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. They are looking for positive ways to reach out and deal with their feelings of loss and fear.
Inspired to find and encourage healing, NBC news broadcaster Ann Curry challenged her Twitter followers to commit one act of kindness for each child whose life was lost.
Soon the mission grew to include the six adults who lost their lives at the school; some have made it 27 to remember the life of the gunman's mother, who also was killed. People are united to honor these victims under the hashtags #26Acts, #27Acts and #20Acts.
Here's one from Alyson Peipert of Columbia:
Kacey Marshall of Columbia has also shared her act:
Although this time of year is associated with the spirit of giving, the Missourian invites you to share your random acts of kindness to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary.
You can share your acts of kindness — or ones that you witness — with us so we can publish them by commenting below, calling the newsroom at 573-882-5720, emailing submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com, posting on our Facebook wall or tweeting to @CoMiss0urian.
Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.