Please join Heller's Facebook Group, Random Acts of Kindness Because of Heller.


On the day of Heller’s life celebration, his grandmother (Mapa) said these words:

“Many people have mentioned the fact that this tragedy (the loss of our sunshine) is heightened by the fact that it happened around Christmas, and they wonder how we will ever get through another Christmas.

Christmas is Christ’s day and we will continue to celebrate Jesus on that day! But December 22nd will be a day reserved for celebrating the life of Heller, and we will celebrate on that day (and perhaps a few days prior to) the way he would want us to. On that day, we will go out and make a change, do a good deed, and let the world know that a little boy once lived for that special reason.”

So, on December 22nd, Heller’s friends and family will honor his memory by spreading random (and deliberate) acts of kindness to others. We encourage you to go out and spread some kindness of your own.

Then, if you would like to, please leave a comment or send an email to and share what you did, what you witnessed, or what others did for you so we may share Heller's impact with others. So we can remember that we are still celebrating his life!

Have You Received a Kindness Inspired by Heller?

If you received a card like the one below, and/or a kindness inspired by Heller, please share your story, so we may know how Heller's kindness touched the lives of others. You may leave a comment, or you may email your story to be posted on the blog to

Help this Site Grow Because of Heller

This year, we are making the choice to look forward to December 22nd! We cannot wait to share Heller's kindness with others. We know there will be difficult times as the date grows nearer, so we look forward to stopping by this site during those times to see what kindnesses are growing and to share stories of our kindnesses as well.

Please feel free to send an email to with any suggestions, comments, thoughts, or ideas about how we can make December 22nd even more special "Because of Heller."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Kindness Through Providing Books and Reading

Kindness Through Books_Because of Heller 2010

“I get to read books to little children who cannot read!” Heller told me when he came home from school one day. The electricity that radiated his smile could have lit a thousand Christmas trees.

To have a child who loved to read like Heller was a privilege. To listen to Heller read, with beautiful intonation and expression that made the book come alive, was pure joy. But, to see the enthusiasm Heller exhibited because of his ability to share his love and talent for reading with others; that was sheer bliss.

Heller shared his gift for reading with his family too. He enjoyed sharing his stories with his sister, Jenny, and he enjoyed reading to his baby brother, Nicholas.

Walt Disney once said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” I agree.

Often, when we think of delivering acts of kindness, we think of giving of gifts—gifts of food, acts of service, and our time. Reading aloud to someone (whether a child, someone who is blind, the elderly, or even those who can read, but would benefit from your time and attention) is a gift. It feeds the hungry mind, creates lasting bonds and memories, and develops relationships. In addition, donating books to those who cannot afford their own is also a wonderful gift of kindness.
Last year, on December 22nd, several families donated books to those in need. It warmed my heart to receive letters from many individuals who were so very appreciative of this kind act.

Today’s Kindness Reminder: Kindness can be delivered through the gift of books and reading.

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