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No act of kindness is too small

This letter is to let others know how far an act of kindness can go, what a small community can do to help others, and how far the kindness and caring can travel.

It started with a shooting in the small town of Ennis, Mont., a couple of months ago, that left one person dead and nine people wounded.

After “the dust had settled,” the community decided to have an auction and raise money to help those in need.

A member of our Arkansas community, who has lived here many years, but calls Ennis home, decided to do an act of kindness.

Her name is Barbara Smith, and she is a nanny for a family in Basalt.

One of her talents is making Raggedy Ann dolls, so she decided to make and send a doll to a 5- or 6-year-old girl who was a daughter of one of the victims.

When the little girl received the doll, the auction was getting ready to be held, so she decided to donate her gift for the auction, to help others. Well, people bid and bid and finally, the rag doll was sold for $350, but it was given back to the little girl.

She was so thrilled that she donated it again, and the second time it sold for $375. It was again returned to the little girl, who then kept it.

Through this and other kindnesses, a small town of less than 1,000 people raised $61,000 for their friends’ medical expenses. And Barbara has received a few orders for more dolls! This should remind people that no act of kindness is too small.

Betty Weed

Mountain Home, Ark.

(former area resident)


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