They say that one simple act of kindness can go a long way, as our stories often show is true. So if one act of kindness can change someone’s life, what can 18 acts of kindness do?
Over the past year, 12-year-old Mason Kidd from Ayrshire, Scotland, has been figuring that out. Kidd’s brother, Ross, passed away from cancer when he was just 2 years old.
“Every photo I see of Ross, he is smiling,” Kidd told ITV News. “Even when he was ill he was smiling.”
Kidd wanted to do acts of kindness in honor of his brother.
He chose the number 18 because that’s how old Ross would be if he were alive today.
Funded by birthday money, Kidd performed one act of kindness after another. Some of his deeds included handing out tennis balls at the local dog park, getting teddy bears for babies in the neonatal unit, and buying donuts for local police officers.
“They loved the doughnuts!” he said. “I was worried if they didn’t like the joke I could be put in jail. Instead they gave me a tour of the cells and I got to meet the police dogs.”
Another act of kindness was bringing pizzas to the local fire station, which he did multiple times. The firefighters were so appreciative that they surprised him with a uniform, and a certificate of thanks from the team.
“I’m just pleased to know people like what I’m doing. My message for anyone watching is to just try to be kind to people. That way more people start being kind to you. It all comes around,” Kidd said.
Perhaps his most impressive act, though, was raising money for the children’s hospital that treated his brother all those years ago. He raised £10,000 in just one month, an impressive amount indeed.
Despite being autistic and having Tourette’s syndrome, Kidd has accomplished some amazing things! The South Ayrshire Council decided to recognize his good deeds by making him the youngest ever nominee for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.
“How do you think your brother would feel about it?” an ITV reporter asked.
“I’d hope he’d be really happy to see what I’ve done,” Kidd replied.