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 2, 2014

She Didn't Know She Was Giving an Important Kindness

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  ~Acts 20:35  

Every year I promise myself I am going to be ready for Kindness Day Because of Heller. I am going to have my posts written before the first day of December, and I am going to have all of my kindness plans and preparations organized in advance.  After all, I try to encourage DELIBERATE acts of kindness as well as RANDOM acts.

Every year, our family celebrates at least 4 birthdays in October (and Halloween) and 3 birthdays in November (and Thanksgiving).  That is just family.  I get overwhelmed and stressed and annoyed at myself for cutting my deadline close—one I made for myself—one I made for Heller.

This year, my Wi-Fi carrier decided to wreak havoc on my goal as well.  This year, when it was time to post on the first day of December, I had no Wi-Fi. I was unable to post at all.

No, the world will not end if my kindness post does not make December 1, but I was excited this year.  This year, Kindness Day Because of Heller has many new supporters joining us on and before December 22.  I was eager to make a good impression.

That is where she came in.  She is a new friend I met only this year.  She is a fellow volunteer at Nicholas’s school.  We recently had breakfast with a small group of friends and she allowed me to share our story of Heller and plans for Kindness Day with her.  As I spoke about Heller, her enthusiasm warmed me.  She had wonderful ideas and an intensity that rekindled my excitement for the day.  She is a take-charge kind of girl--exactly what Kindness Day needs. 

So, there I was on Day One in December with nothing to post.  With my computer down, I clicked on my phone for a glimpse at Facebook and Heller’s name caught my eye.

There was her Facebook post.  It read:

While I celebrate the birth of my son every year on December 22nd, another mother honors her son's memory. Heller was the age that my (son) will be turning this year, and I pray that we as a family can spread some of the joy and light that Heller brought to others in his short life by honoring his memory and doing a random act of kindness each day leading up to Dec. 22nd. If you can, read the blog, and join us.

Thank you, friend.  Your kindness has already made a world of difference.

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