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Atlantans join #26Acts movement

She paid for a woman’s gift card at a shoe store, then bought coffee for a stranger at Starbucks. At Publix, she paid for the cake of woman in line behind her.

And Atlanta teacher Natasha Woody is just getting started.

She plans to perform 26 acts of kindness this holiday season. She’s up to six.

It’s a new movement to honor the 26 people killed in the Newtown school massacre sparked by newswoman Ann Curry who asked people to do 26 acts of kindness for others as a way to “help heal us all.”

And the kindness bug is definitely contagious this holiday season. Woody’s students, despite being on free and reduced lunch, happily performed random acts. “One student brought in 72 canned goods to give to others. I know it’s food his family could use at home,” she said.

Throughout metro Atlanta people have been giving back and paying it forward.

“I have never seen such a positive, contagious trend!!!” wrote Stacy Efrat. “As soon as I heard about it, I was in.” She began her kindness quest by paying the toll on Ga. 400 for cars behind her, after someone paid for her.

Check out more good deeds at #26acts and #payitforward.

Then share your acts of kindness with our readers.

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Whirled Peas

December 25th, 2012
9:47 am

I went the the drive thru at Chic fil A. The lady at the window said the car in front of me had already paid for my food. I was shocked and so I paid for the food ordered by the car behind me. Good deeds are contagious.

Peggy Attaway

December 25th, 2012
10:02 am

I have completed 24 of the 26.. Will be complete the last two today! It has been a tremendously rewarding experience and really takes one away from the chaos and worry of material things and Christmas shopping mania..Most of mine have been done anonymously but but a few were done face to face with the recipient. The one that brought me to tears was a solider in uniform refusing to take 10.00 to go buy himself a cup of coffee at Starbucks.. He kept saying “Ma’am…I can’t take your money”.. Finally, when I insisted and told him that he had to, I was doing random acts to honor the children in Conn., he politely said.. “Well ok…thank you… I and I REALLY, REALLY like coffee”.. He almost choked up and I had to walk away before I became a full on mess of tears. Its been an amazing thing.

Ilene

December 25th, 2012
12:01 pm

For years I have been enjoying doing acts of kindness such as buying the person’s groceries or birthday cakes in front of me or behind in line at the supermarket. I sometimes felt that they were so surprised and shocked that people do such things…. want to keep this up. Let’s all continue to do these acts of kindness as part of our daily habits…

catlady

December 25th, 2012
1:15 pm

My friend had this happen at the drive-through 2 days ago. He was flabbergasted, but it made his day (actually more than that). As a Latino, he is accustomed to mad looks and snide comments, not the grace the lady showed him. What a blessing it is to give and to receive!