Ryan Garcia of Chicago has an infectious New Year’s resolution, and he hopes it spreads.
From free hugs to writing letters to those who’ve lost loved ones in Iraq or Afghanistan, Garcia has vowed to do a random act of kindness every day of the year -- 366 of them (it’s a leap year).
Chronicling his acts in his blog, 366RandomActs.org, he hopes to make the world a better place, one deed at a time.
"It was a New Year's resolution,” he told HLN affiliate WLS in Chicago. ”I have a newborn daughter who is four months old and I just want to set a great example for her. So every day this year I'm going to do a different random act of kindness."
Writing about helping an elderly man shovel show, Garcia said that he’s not publicizing his deeds for self-serving gratification. “I don't include that to pat my own back, but to put it out there that if you know of a senior citizen that might need some help clearing their snow or something of that nature, try to lend a hand if you have a few minutes.”
The acts have raised awareness among everyday people and caused them to ask some profound questions about themselves.
"You have motivated me Ryan," a commenter named Blondie wrote on his blog. "I always ask myself, 'How can I make a difference?' and here you are finding ways to do it every single day. I will follow you and hopefully follow your lead. Keep it going .. hugs to you!"
And the acts seem to be spreading. Lisa M., another commenter on Ryan’s blog, said she too has done some random acts of kindness, including paying for someone’s groceries at a grocery store. "I paid for two female soldiers' snacks at a BP gas station and thanked them for their service and gave both hugs." Go Lisa!
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