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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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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The Power of a Smile

Matt's Smile
Matt’s beautiful smile.

THE POWER OF A SMILE
The power of a gun can kill and the power of fire can burn
The power of wind can chill and the power of a mind can learn
The power of anger can rage inside until it tears you apart
But the power of a smile, especially yours, can heal a frozen heart
                – Tupac Shakur

These days, with everyone wearing a mask, I’m really missing the smiles. 

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One Race, Human

No Hate

This is not the post I originally had for today, but I have to speak out about the hate and racism that is going on in our country.  It was sickening and heartbreaking watching the video of George Floyd, handcuffed, face down with an officer’s knee on his neck, begging for air.  As George died, the officer sat with his hands in his pockets, unmoved by calls from bystanders to give him air. 

I understand the rage.  I want to help, but I’m only one person and an older white woman at that, what can I do? Continue reading One Race, Human

Winners of the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award for May 2020

Thanks to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners, Shreyaa Venkat and Jayde Powell, of our Kindness Award.  Both of them go above and beyond to help others but it’s especially appreciated during the Coronavirus pandemic.  In these strange times, when there is so much anxiety, stress and fear 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.  It’s incredible, it’s beautiful and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family. 

Kindness Award Winner Shreyaa Venkat
Kindness Award Winner Jayde Powell

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