Two groups one message, kindness

An Iowa man who is traveling across the country spreading kindness, stopped in Sterling over the weekend.

Jeff Lenhart of the “BeeKind Across America” journey connected with the Huitt family whose group “Random Acts of Kindness for Tucker” shares a similar message.

You may have noticed a bright yellow Vespa cruising the streets of Sterling.

It belongs to Jeff Lenhart. He’s had a goal for the last three years to travel the country not just anyway but by spreading kindness.

“I think there’s more good than bad in the world today but we don’t always realize it,” said Lenhart.

Lenhart said he was bullied throughout school which is what prompted him to start his journey.

For the past month, he’s volunteered from state to state and connected with those making a difference in their community, like the Huitt family.

Misty Johnson and her family created “Random Acts of Kindness for Tucker” or “RAK4T” to honor her late six-year-old son Tucker Johnson who died in a go-kart accident on their family farm in 2011.

“After his accident we were just overwhelmed with all the kindness and the love and support we received so we kind of wanted to honor his soul with promoting kindness,” said Johnson.

She said they sell shirts and donate proceeds to different charities, nonprofit organizations and families in need throughout the year.

Which is what connected them to Lenhart when he noticed Johnson’s niece wearing a “RAK4T” t-shirt in Washington, D.C.

“We talked for a little bit and took a picture together,” said Lenhart.

Johnson said she and Lenhart stayed in touch through social media and was lucky to meet again with one last message and hope to keep her son’s memory alive.

“Just the message of the shirts themselves get so much attention and were able to keep telling his story and remembering him through all of that,” said Johnson.

Lenhart is headed to Amarillo, Texas next then he’ll head to Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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