Dec 25, 2012 8:36 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Acts of kindness in lieu of presents

A milestone birthday can be celebrated a number of ways. For one Colorado Springs woman, her 40th birthday won't be spent opening gifts. In lieu of presents, she wanted "kindness."

"I thought it would be really cool to get 40 of my friends to do one act of kindness every day for the 40 days leading up to my 40th birthday," Kelley Agnew said.

When Agnew made the event on Facebook, she expected only a handful of friends to participate but was "blown away" with the number of people who joined the crusade of kindness. The first day, she had 70 people sign-up. As of Christmas Day, there were 160.

"People post on the Facebook page what they've been doing during the day and it's just amazing to me how many people are being touched by this," Agnew said.

The "acts of kindness" range from opening the door for someone to paying off a stranger's layaway. Her friend and neighbor Verna Toller agrees it's better to give than to receive. Toller recently bought a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly morning for the crossing guard she drives by every day.

"That lighting up (on) somebody's face like that... to do something completely unexpected that makes everyone feel good," Toller said.

It doesn't take a holiday or tragedy to start the cycle. It's the act of doing something nice that is a gift in itself.



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