LINDEN — After learning of Ann Curry’s 26 Acts of Kindness which started on social media, Linden Councilman Derek Armstead started his own campaign on Facebook, inviting residents from all over Union County to join him in doing one act of kindness for each of the 20 children and six adults killed Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Armstead started his acts of kindness by knocking on doors and visiting families in need for the holiday. Residents are encouraged to share their acts of kindness by visiting Armstead on Facebook.
As a father and also having a wife who is a teacher, he said, “My heart is broken. I cannot even begin to imagine the fear those innocent young children must have felt. It was especially difficult to explain to my 15-year-old daughter that such evil does exist in the world. This was a tough year for her, losing her friend and cousin to gun violence. But there is power in prayers and we will get through this.”
Armstead is also urging residents in Linden to join his Helping Hands Project on Facebook He is collecting school uniforms (colors: navy, white, red, yellow and khaki for two little girls, clothes sizes 6x, 10 or even 12 for the older girl. The family is also in need of winter coats, socks, undershirts, and shoe sizes 13, 1 and 2. If you do not have school uniforms but would like to donate regular clothes, that’s o.k. too. The family is struggling and would appreciate anything given to them. Inbox Armstead on Facebook for pick up arrangements. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-908-486-7982.
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