I know firsthand that Colleen Ritzer was a caring and loving individual. Being her best friend, I was fortunate to experience her positive impact not only personally but on others as well. Colleen always knew how to cheer up someone’s day. Some examples of Colleen’s kindness include posting optimistic quotes about life on social media, sending cards (snail mail) to friends at random times and organizing her family’s team for an annual walk benefiting the American Heart Association. Colleen’s kind-heartedness knew no bounds and it came from a genuine place. (Click on the image above to download cards you may share with others with whom you share a random act of kindness.)
“Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”
Since losing Colleen on October 22, 2013, I have wanted to find a way to honor my friend and help to keep her memory alive. That is how “Kindness for Colleen” originated. The idea is to take the day that will always be a sad reminder of who we lost and make it a little better. Colleen’s compassion and positivity will always be with those who knew her and I think it fitting we keep her legacy alive.
On October 22nd you can participate in “Kindness for Colleen” by performing acts of kindness. You can choose to do one good deed or several. Acts of kindness, no matter how great or small, have an incredible way of impacting others. After performing your act of kindness we ask that you share what you did online through the “Kindness for Colleen” Facebook page and by using #Kindness4Colleen on social media.
Colleen embodied this spirit of thoughtfulness in her day to day life. She didn’t have to do much to inspire others to follow in her footsteps and do the same. Holding the door for a stranger, buying someone a cup of coffee, giving a compliment- these are just a few acts of kindness you can perform in support of #Kindness4Colleen. Please join me on October 22 and inspire others to do something good.