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Boston nurse starts 26 acts of kindness campaign for marathon victims


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A Boston nurse is completing 26 acts of kindness to honor those hurt and killed at the 26th mile of the Boston Marathon, and others are following her lead.

According to, Stephanie Zanotti, a nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, first completed 26 acts of kindness in December to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn. She was inspired to begin part two after the bombings in Boston.

The acts themselves can be anything designed to help someone else. So far, Zanotti has completed three acts of her new campaign. The first was the promotion of a t-shirt designed by a friend with all proceeds going to The One Fund, a campaign that has so far raised more than $20 million for those affected by the bombings. Her second act was to sign up her dog Lucy, a rescue dog with only three legs, in a dog therapy program.

The third act demonstrates how simple the kindness can be: Zanotti bought a cup of coffee for the person behind her in line at her favorite coffee shop. She reports on her Facebook page that the barista at the shop reported this had been a common act by patrons for the past week.

If you want to follow the acts of kindness, you can connect with Zanotti on her Facebook page, or follow #26Acts on Twitter.


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