Acts of Kindness: In 12 Days

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas community helped bring joy this past Christmas season to families coping with tragedy, and it's all thanks to the local non-profit, "In 12 Days." These prior Acts of Kindness recipients are already working on what's in store for next Christmas.
 
Suzanne Lea and her son James are the founders. Suzanne says, "The 12 days of Christmas are acted out at the doors of families who have lost a parent or a loved one."
 
We presented Suzanne and her son, James with our award in May for their mission to pay it forward. James father passed away from a heart attack when he was nine. Neither of them could imagine celebrating the holidays that year, but anonymous friends started leaving mystery gifts for them, each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. James adds, " It just changed  us, it helped us overcome this horrible moment in our lives." 
 
For the past seven years, James and his mom have made it their mission to shower special gifts upon families, in a very elaborate effort that gained national attention this year.
 
They get volunteers of all ages, like the kids who Suzanne says created a special swans swimming basket for day 7. " We work with kids across the valley, and the kids build out a huge laundry basket swan with thousands pieces of crate paper, stuffed individually and painstakingly into all the cracks. Then they build the head and neck with towels, and fill it with really expensive and wonderful bath products, designed especially for the family."  
 
Quinn Callahan's Rock Center for Dance performers graced the streets of a recipients home this year, as did dancers from the Nevada Ballet Theatre.
 
Bottom line, long after the creative gifts are delivered the experience creates a united community of inspired families, and those who offer support. 
 
James got accepted into Colorado State University, his dream school, where he is going to pay it forward by becoming a psychologist. Suzanne just finished a children's book to share with the world the story of In12Days. She is currently looking for a publisher to partner with.
 
 

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