In Kansas, Kreg Holt takes food to low-income senior citizens. In Utah, a kids hand out free donuts to other children in their neighborhood. In Oregon, Lisa Truesdale gives away free vouchers to Portland's streetcar. In California, a young girl volunteers at her local food bank.
They are random acts of kindness and they are happening all over the world. All in honor of a little girl whose short time on the planet has inspired others to make the planet she left behind a better place.
Just a few weeks ago, Maddy Grayless was like any other normal 8-year-old. She played soccer with friends and dreamed of one day becoming a paleontologist/singer/cupcake baker.
But at the beginning of June she got a nosebleed that just wouldn't stop. Her parents took her to see a doctor and after a night of tests in the emergency room, Maddy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive and deadly form of bone cancer. Doctors gave her two months to live. She lived for two weeks.
It's impossible to imagine the heart-wrenching pain felt by Maddy's parents in this horrible time. But the thing that troubled them the most was that Maddy was sad in her last days about all of the things she would never get to do. In an interview with KDVR news, Jessica confided that Maddy told her, "Mom, I just wanted to be able to make a difference."
With a little help from a family friend — and a worldwide community of strangers — Maddy is making an enormous difference in the world. With almost 5,000 members and growing, the Facebook group, Maddy's Mighty Minions, is inspiring people to perform random acts of kindness around the world.
- Summer Henry in Little Rock, Arkansas donated food to her local animal shelter.
- Matt Carver from West Sussex, England, bought breakfast for a homeless man.
- Candice Roberts from Mississauga, Ontario, bought coffee for the people standing behind her in line.
And while their hearts are still heavy with sadness, Maddy's parents are comforted by the legacy Maddy's story has created. "It’s been helpful and very comforting to us that what made her special, everyone else is taking up the gauntlet for her and spreading the same kind of kindness that she would have had she been able to live longer,” said Jessica.
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