People using random acts of kindness to honor victims of Vegas mass shooting
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
People around the county are using social media to remember those who lost their lives during the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas this fall.
The #Honor58 campaign calls for people to display 58 random acts of kindness. The number symbolizes the number of victims who were shot during the festival.
Thomas Maher is a fire commissioner with South Hempstead Fire Department in New York, and he said he created the concept to give back.
"When I spoke to my friend Sue -- who was there, she is a survivor -- when she told me how her and a lot of survivors are struggling, emotionally and some physically with the whole event, and that pushed me to go through with it and do it," said Maher.
He has traveled to different cities where the victims were from.
Amber Level, who was not a victim in the mass shooting, was a local recipient of the random acts of kindness. The preschool teacher was in a fast-food drive-thru when she got a letter with inspirational words and her meal was paid for by a stranger.
Level now plans to pay the kindness forward.
"It brought me to tears to think this is how they are using this to help heal the pain of that day," she said. "It says love wins, and love does win."