Matt’s Kindness Ripples On

Matt Kurtz inspires me to be a better person.  

Mom, Matt, Tyson on Boat
Me, Matt and Tyson (my grandpuppy) enjoying a day on the water in San Diego.

 

My son, Matt, was an incredibly amazing human being.  His charismatic charm, bright beaming smile, and genuine goodness drew everyone he met to him. He was contagiously happy, with a huge capacity for optimism and compassion. You can read more about him and how in his short 32 years he impacted more lives than most people do in a lifetime. He inspires me to be a better person. Maybe he will inspire you too. His kindness will ripple on forever.  –  Jackie Kurtz  

In this blog I’ll share stories that inspire, make you think, cause concern and make you laugh.  ENJOY.

I’d appreciate it if you would help me get the word out about the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award of $250 (nominate someone who inspires you) and the Matt Kurtz Kindness Grant of $250 (submit an act of kindness you would do with $250).

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Courageous Mom Shares About Her Family

Kelli Lewis and Ahav
Kelli Lewis and her son, Ahav, play basketball. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Kelli Lewis is incredibly brave.  She allowed a reporter into her home to share what life is like with her 11-year-old son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  She is putting herself out there, and in the process educating so many people who have no idea what it can be like to live with someone diagnosed with serious mental illness.  It’s not something that’s talked about.  There’s a huge stigma around mental illness and she’s opening herself up to all kinds of judgments and opinions from people who have no idea how difficult it can be. 

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So Happy to Announce Two Winners of Our Matt Kurtz Kindness Award for November 2020

Thanks to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners of our Kindness Award, Sonia Su and Agha Haider.  Both of them go above and beyond to help others and we’re blown away by their compassion, their selflessness, and their ability to get other people to share in their vision of helping those in need.  Their acts of kindness have rippled out and touched thousands of lives.  They’re incredible and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family.

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The Way Back from All the Divisiveness

Braver Angels

I’m excited to share with you about an organization that blew me away.  It’s started around 2016, but I just found out about them and participated in one of their online zoom debates with 1600 people around the country.  My husband, Ron, also participated, and afterward, he said, “This is the first thing in a very long time that gives me hope that Republicans and Democrats can have civil conversations.”

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50 Ways to Get Wild

Nature

I’ve been thinking about all the people out on the west coast who can’t go outside because of the fires, I’m so sorry.  I just want to say that you’re in our thoughts.  Stay safe.  For the rest of us, much gratitude that you are able to get out and enjoy nature.

There’s no better time than now to get out in nature.  Our world is stressful with COVID, home-schooling, politics, racial injustice, financial worries, social distancing, and more.  Life is stressful, nature heals. 

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We’re Happy to Announce Two Winners of our Matt Kurtz Kindness Grant for August 2020

Congratulations to Chelsea Phaire and Shirley Raines, each received $250 to fund their acts of kindness projects!

Chelsea Phaire Chelsea's Charity
Shirley Raines, Beauty 2 the Streetz

Once again, we are able to give out two awards because we have so many wonderful people who support us and believe in our mission.  We truly appreciate all of the donations that make this possible.   

About our August 2020 winners:

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Unsung Heroes

clinical trial volunteers - kindness

Everyone is waiting for the magic bullet, the Covid-19 vaccine, to bring some normalcy back to our lives.  We all want to be able to get back to hugging our loved ones, inviting people over for celebrations, going out to dinner, shows, and sporting events.  But for now, we’re in limbo trying to figure out the best way to stay safe, keeping our distance from loved ones, wearing our masks, and fearfully watching the number of cases and deaths rise every day. 

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