'Maya kindness cards' honor memory of Mason girl with good acts

MASON, Ohio -- Bonnie Collins spends a lot of time online lately, reading about acts of kindness performed in honor of her daughter, Maya.

Maya lost her battle with Leukemia in October. Before that, she had helped raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Now, her family is hoping others will give random acts of kindness and help keep her legacy alive. 

Family and friends have been handing out "Maya kindness cards" when performing acts of kindness. Since the first Christmas without Anna, her sister thought they should do 25 days of kindness in Maya's honor, their mom, Bonnie Collins, said.

They posted the plan on Facebook and printed thousands of cards.

"I actually ran out," Collins said. "I had a box of 2,500 and they went in a week."

Lots of people have already found opportunities during their holiday errands to use the Maya kindness cards. Collins wants people to talk about their experiences of giving on their Facebook page. 

They've gotten a lot of support from friends.

"It's so nice to be able to honor Maya's memory for her family and friends," family friend Linda Rothstein said. 

Some responses on the Facebook page have come from as far away as Australia and Singapore. 

"People are realizing that giving is just sometimes so much better than receiving," Collins said. "It just makes you feel good."

They have put the kindness cards up on Maya's website so anyone who wants to participate can print some out. Click here for the cards. Collins said they can be passed out with something as simple as a tip or a cup of coffee.

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