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."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sponsor a Child - A Kindness for the Both of You!

Gonzalo Holding Our Emails
“Did you know that you have a brother in Heaven and a brother in Bolvia?” we asked Nicholas one day?  “Yep!” He proudly announced, “Heller and Gonzalo!”
Of course you know Heller, but “Who is this Gonzalo?” you ask.  Gonzalo is our Angel in Bolivia who we had the honor of sponsoring through The
World Vision Organization in January of this year. 

According to The World Vision website: 

“World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children, families, and communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

They help transform the lives of the world’s poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries, including the United States, through interventions such as nutrition and safe drinking water programs, poverty relief and community development initiatives, disaster response, and more. Their non-profit work extends assistance to all people, regardless of religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background.”

What they don’t tell you is that they also change the lives of those who sponsor these children. 

Our Gonzalo is an eleven year old boy with big brown eyes and a beautiful smile.  He loves math and playing soccer.  He touched our hearts from the moment Jenny and I saw him.  We swiftly “adopted” him and found ourselves giddy with excitement as we shared the news with Ford.  We wrote Gonzalo letters, sent him a care package, followed up with emails, and waited to hear from him. 

Months went by.  We sent more emails and photos.  We continued to pray for Gonzalo and his family.  We hung his photo on our refrigerator so we would remember him each day.  We sent him a monetary birthday gift (he’s a May baby like me) and hoped he would be able to pick something special just for him. 

Then, the day arrived!  We received a letter from Gonzalo!  And pictures too!  With his gift, he was able to purchase a bicycle and a new pair of shoes.  He told us, “I always dreamed that one day I would have a bike! Now, I can play sports after school!”  A lump formed in my throat as I thought of the various bikes taking up space in our over-crowded garage.  Our small kindness fulfilled an unimaginable DREAM!  

Since, we have received additional letters from Gonzalo.  He tells us about his life, his country, and his family.  He is happy and he loves us! 

This kindness is not altruistic.  By allowing us this opportunity to sponsor Gonzalo, World Vision is giving us a kindness far beyond any we have known. 

If you would like to sponsor a child, go to www.WorldVision.Org.  You can give a gift that will change a life.  That life might just be yours!

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