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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."

Monday, December 9, 2013

People are Kind!

Although I don’t usually submit to the CALL OF THE CLAW, I found Nicholas’s and Sofia’s laughter enchanting.  It was for this reason that I handed over the quarters they required to play the game. With each near capture of the stuffed animal of interest, the children’s whoops and hollers bounced off the ceiling of the pizza parlor.  (We were the only customers in the place.)  They met their losses with enthusiasm as well, as they never thought for a minute they would not win the prize—as long as their moms’ quarters held out! 

With the third round of quarters, I warned Nicholas, “This is it!  There will be no more!”  He barely caught the end of my sentence before he was running back to the machine.  And then, wonder of wonders.  He won!!  Oh lucky day!  Nicholas was now the proud owner of a half stuffed, lopsided, peeled fabric, snowman.  “I feel like I am in a dream!” he told me.  I have never seen a brighter smile on his face.

Sofia’s cheers of success and total excitement matched Nicholas’s.  She was genuinely happy for her friend.  Then, Nicholas said, “I’m going to win one for Sofia, next!”  He was a pro, you see.

A few more quarters went into the machine.  A few more near wins came and went.  But, the time had come to end the game.  Sofia would not receive her snowman.  Sofia was a trooper.  The two sat down to finish their lunch and together they played with Nicholas’s snowman.

Ten minutes later, a man in an apron emerged from the kitchen and stepped up to the game.  The claw would glide again!  Nicholas and Sofia were thrilled.  They crowded in on him, offering their expert tips and advice.  

Apparently it worked, because before we knew it, the snowman was traveling into the pick-up tray.  The man (we later found out his name was Matt), promptly handed the snowman to Sofia, who thankfully claimed her prize.

Matt, we thank you so very much for your kindness!  You made two children (and two mothers) very happy today!
Matt would not be the last person to show kindness today.  An hour later, we watched as an anonymous man climbed a tree to retrieve Snowman #1 from its branches located just above where Nicholas and Sofia were attempting to see who could throw their snowman the highest!

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