Local business owners are trying to spread 20 acts of kindness to honor the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.
The owners of The Sweet Tooth, a cupcake shop in the Blue Springs, MO, area, are parents themselves. When they heard about the tragedy in Connecticut, they decided to turn the negative into a positive - two boxes of cupcakes at a time.
You rarely see a frown inside a cupcake shop. But when The Sweet Tooth customer Karen Doolin planned to put a smile on a friend's face by buying a birthday surprise, something unexpected happened.
"The owner teared up, she kind of had to turn her head because you could tell it touched her heart," Doolin said.
For their first act of kindness, they gave two dozen free cupcakes to their first customer. One of the owners struggled to tell Doolin she was that first customer.
"It was something we were depressed about and losing sleep about. It was a way we could hopefully turn it into something positive," Sweet Tooth Co-owner Trevor Goodwin said.
"I took a dozen back to my school, and I took a dozen to my husband's school. I wrote on the box a pay it forward kind of thing," Doolin said.
She said she was also struggling to comprehend the Connecticut tragedy. She and her husband are both educators and the school shooting hit close to home.
"Look for the helpers in any kind of disaster. So I shared that quote with the kids," Doolin said.
Other acts of kindness on the shop's list included giving cupcakes to a family coping with a parent with cancer and more.
"We dropped off cupcakes for the Salvation Army. The buckets where they ring bells. Random times throughout the day we gave customers gift certificates," Goodwin said.
The owners said they hope they will inspire others to do acts of kindness. They are reaching out to their Facebook fan page for suggestions for other acts of kindness they can do as well.
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