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Orphan pays it forward with acts of kindness

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  • Orphan lost her family in an accident six years ago
  • She started a Facebook project to honor their memory with 'acts of kindness'
  • 'This makes the day happy instead of sad,' she said
Orphan pays it forward with acts of kindness

Diana Jo Jarman, who goes by Joie, lost her mother, father and baby sister to a car crash when she was only eight years old. To celebrate their memory, she has started a project that pays forward the kindness she's received from others.

Ruth Weaver, 30; Nick Weaver, 28; and 2-year-old Audrey were killed on August 18, 2007, in a head-collision with a semi-trailer during to a trip to Idaho. Joie survived with injuries, but she had lost the most important thing: her family.

A nearby couple nearby witnessed the accident and rushed in to help, moving Joie to their car when they thought her family's truck might explode.

With such a staggering blow dealt at a young age, Joie could have faced a very dark life. But she chooses not to. Despite her grief in the aftermath, Joie was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of support offered up by friends and even strangers as the years went by.

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"After the accident, a ton of people, even if we didn't know them, they would just come and do something for us,” Joie told HLN affiliate KSL. “We had so many meals after that it just is kind of like to pay it forward to them.”

Joie has started a Facebook page called Random Acts of Kindness to give back the good deeds that were given to her when her parents died. She said it helps her to remember both her lost family and the kindness of people who helped her recover. 

This Sunday, the anniversary of the accident, Joie has asked her community to do something kind for another person that day as a way of paying it forward. She and her aunt, Mary Jarman (who adopted her after the accident), hope to get 3,000 people to participate in the project this year.

Joie remembers her parents as very kind people, saying, "This is also just a way to remember them because this is something that they would have done, and it just makes the day happy instead of sad.”

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