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Columbia Facebook page dedicated to 26 acts of kindness

By Lindsey Miller
December 28, 2012 | 1:24 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Volunteer at a women's shelter. Read books to children in the hospital. Provide basic supplies for people in need.

These are some of the suggestions on a Columbia Facebook page created last week to help spread and share random acts of kindness.

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The commitment began on Twitter when NBC news broadcaster Ann Curry reached out to her more than one million followers to remember the 26 children and adults who died in a shooting Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School by doing one act of kindness. 

Last week, some Columbia residents shared their acts on Twitter using the hashtag #26Acts.

Other hashtags being used across the country are #20Acts to remember the 20 children who died; #27Acts to include the gunman's mother, Nancy Lanza; and #28Acts to include the gunman, Adam Lanza.

The mission jumped to Facebook. The local page, 26 Acts of Kindness, Columbia, MO, was created Dec. 21. As of noon Friday, about 480 people had "liked" the page; many are sharing ideas for kind acts and things they've done themselves.

On Dec. 22, Diana Ratliff was the first follower to post: "Just to get things going — I'll say my #1 is paying for the two ladies in the car behind me yesterday at the drive-up window at McDonald's. However — the people in the car in front of me had paid for MY coffee!"

On Monday, the page asked its supporters to brainstorm: "What are some ideas of Random Acts of Kindness we can do together as a group in the upcoming year? —  Have a potluck meal and invite the homeless, send cards to all of the kindergarten teachers in CoMo ... ideas?"

As of Friday, 11 people had liked the post and five had commented.

"Become a helper for anyone or volunteer," Sherry Morgan wrote, "perhaps at your local school as I did."

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