December 25, 2012
For more than 20 years, one Greene County family has had the same tradition -- to help out those in need around the holiday season.
This year, after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the family is taking the tradition even farther, performing 26 random acts of kindness in honor of each of the victims in the school.
"I think what happened in Newtown reminded us all how lucky we are," Barbara Schrader said.
The Schraders took part in 26 random acts of kindness, a national trend emerging in the past week.
"Unfortunately, people aren't used to people being kind to them," Schrader said.
This weekend, Schrader started at Charlottesville Fashion Square, giving out gift cards to random people, including two police officers.
"I just didn't know what to do, didn't have a plan," she said. "I just said, 'Well, I'm going to go to the mall with something simple."
But it didn't end there. The next day, Schrader went to her local McDonald's and found the manager, giving him her debit card. She told him the next 15 drive-thru orders were on her.
"I handed him my debit card, and I think he thought I was a little odd," she said.
While Schrader is out, surprising these unsuspecting targets, her two daughters stay at home.
"In order for her to do all this, since my sister's disabled, I stay at home and take care of her and watch her so both her and my dad can go out and do all these things for these people," Schrader's daughter, Amandalyn, said.
"That's Amanda's random acts every day, 365 days a year," Barbara Schrader said.
The Schraders say you don't need money to perform a good deed. From holding a door open to letting someone in front of you at the checkout counter, any little thing can make a big difference.
"If you're having a bad day, I think the best thing you can do is do something nice for somebody else, because it just makes you feel better as a person," Schrader said.