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).



The Power of a Smile

Matt's Smile
Matt’s beautiful 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


The Coronavirus is Contagious, but so is Kindness and Generosity

kindness is contagious

“We human beings have survived for a thousand generations, helping one another and inspiring each other. We know how to do this. Instead of getting caught in collective fear and anxiety, we can remember to take a breath, center ourselves, and take practical precautions and protections, but calmly and in the spirit of love. Each of us can contribute to the well-being of ourselves, our communities and our world.” – Jack Kornfield

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MKRO is Now on Instagram – We Took the Long Road But Finally Got There

Matts Kindness on Instagram

First, we would like to say, our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the unprecedented events happening in our world today.   We appreciate and are grateful for the healthcare workers, scientists, and local communities around the world who are on the front line working to contain the coronavirus.  Hoping you all stay safe.   

Now for the good news.  We’re excited to announce Matt’s Kindness Ripples On (MKRO) is finally on Instagram!  So please follow us, comment on us, share us, and do whatever else it is you do with Instagram :  )

If you’re like me, and you haven’t been able to figure out why everyone thinks Instagram is so great, I think I have the answer for you.  It completely changed my opinion of Instagram.

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