Local family starts Random Acts of Kindness Day in daughter’s honor

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A central Indiana family is providing random acts of kindness, and they’re hoping you will do the same!

The Gutreuter family was downtown Sunday, passing out meals and socks to people who could use a little love right now. This is the second year they’re celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day in the memory of their daughter Emily Grace, who died in 2005.

Fox59 first met the family in September, after a fire destroyed their Noblesville home. Since then, the community has reached out to help them in a big way, so they wanted to give back.

The famly showed up downtown with 30 bags of lunches, cases of water and lots of brand new socks.

“We came down here looking for people we can bless with some food and warm socks and a message of kindness,” said Wen Gutreuter.

It’s a lesson in serving and caring for the least of us and those of us who could use a smile or a helping.

“If you just stop and you really just take the focus off yourself for a few minutes and look for a way to bless somebody else and bless somebody else, whether it’s paying for their tab in the drive thru or sharing a kind word or helping someone in their car with their groceries, there’s so many different things you can do to show kindness and you really never know when it’s going to lift someone’s day because you just don’t know what they are going through,” said Gutreuter.

Wen and her husband started Random Acts of Kindness day in honor of her 2-year-old daughter who passed away in her sleep. It’s this family’s way of turning the pain of losing their little Emily into small blessings for someone else.

Their hope is that everyone will pay a blessing forward in honor of Emily Grace.