Social Media Helps Heal A Nation After Sandy Hook Shooting

We recently reported how social media helped people in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. Today, we’d like to report about something a little different but just as moving. 26Acts, begun by Ann Curry just yesterday, has already gained serious momentum with people all over the country pledging to perform 26 random acts of kindness. Each act is to help commemorate a life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, many have taken to social media to discuss their thoughts on gun control laws and mental health issues facing the United States. However, this 26 Acts movement focuses on “spreading kind” and adds positivity to the conversation. This could be why, in the last 24 hours, Ann Curry’s movement has garnered a lot of attention. People are tweeting using #26Acts and posting to Facebook to relay their kindness and encourage others to do the same. As Curry tweeted, it has had a “contagious” effect:

Often, we get tied up in the various grievances of social media (changes to privacy policies–ahem, Instagram–or frivolous updating from brands) and forget that it has the power to connect people from different backgrounds and locations and unite them for a cause. Our very own contributor, Jeff Adelson-Yan, has taken the #26Acts pledge on Twitter and plans to spread some holiday cheer in the coming week. So how about it, America, are you participating in the 26Acts and will you document it via social media?

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