The worst thing ever is bringing out the best in people across the country, including Charlotte, N.C. resident Mike Griffin, a 1996 Auburn graduate who celebrated his 40th birthday today by performing random acts of kindness today, 40 of them.
“We saw the Connecticut thing happen, and it’s my 40th birthday so we decided that there was no better way to celebrate the birthday than do 40 random acts of kindness,” Griffin told WCNC. “We started off the day taking breakfast to our kids’ schools and there were some policemen so we gave them gift cards. We took lunch to the people helping build our house. We went and sang at a nursing home.”
If Cam Newton happened to get a free Coke or cheeseburger today, that was Griffin, too. He and his family also taped quarters to vending machines in area malls, and paid for the lunches of the customers behind him in the Burger King drive-thru line.
“It’s been fantastic. We’ve gotten a lot of hugs, a lot of surprise. It’s just been a fantastic feeling,” Griffin said.
“Imagine if we got a whole lot of people across the country to do this? It would be a whole lot better news story than some of the things we’ve seen lately.”
* Auburn students vandalize Jacks restaurant ’cause it looked too Bama
* Cam Newton donates his hair to charity
* Bear Bryant’s lost year at Auburn
* The Secret History of Pat Dye Field
* Aubie throws a grenade
* There was a camel at Toomer’s Corner
* The Auburn player who played for Bama… and Busey
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That is AWESOME. War Eagle Mike!
26 Acts of Kindness says
Everyone thinks Ann Curry started the 26 Acts of Kindness on twitter. It originated on Facebook and was started in Auburn by an Auburn resident with the help of a son of a former Bama coach. They actually gave the Facebook page to NBC to use after Curry started the effort on Twitter.
Not sure how this has been missed in the media.
I AM YOUR DAD’S FRIEND. I HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY. THAT WAS AN AWESOME THING YOU DID. I KNOW YOUR GRANDMA WOULD HAVE BEEN SO PROUD OF YOU AS THE REST OF THE FAMILY ARE. GOD BLESS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
This is great, and anything that gets people to do good deeds is fine by me, but it does beg the question: Why does it take something horrible like this to make people do good? Should we not all be doing good deeds every day anyway? Just a little food for thought.