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Ann Curry explains origins of #26Acts of Kindness

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Updated: 12/21/2012 11:26 am
It started with a simple idea: Twitter hashtags #26Acts and #20Acts to encourage acts of kindness after the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., and multiplied into a movement of kindness. NBC's Ann Curry reports.

After being in Newtown, I woke up the next morning and thought about what could be done. What is the answer to this kind of national suffering? And I remembered a moment on the edge of Darfur, when I came upon a woman who was elderly and in the hospital, recovering from burns after an attack by Janjaweed militias. She was surrounded in the hospital, by younger women carrying babies, and I asked her to tell the story of how she had suffered these terrible burns all over her body. I learned that she had tried to rescue her invalid husband when her village was attacked and her house was set on fire. She tried to carry her husband out of her house and stayed so long that the thatched roof of her house came down, the hot embers giving her 3rd degree burns. But she was unable to save her husband. Her husband died. -- Ann Curry


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