40 acts of kindness for Charlotte man's 40th birthday

40 acts of kindness for Charlotte man's 40th birthday

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC CHARLOTTE

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 5:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The tragedy in Connecticut is inspiring kindness in Charlotte.  A Charlotte family spent Tuesday carrying out random acts of kindness around town—and they're hoping you'll to do the same.
 
Most of us like getting things for our birthdays.  But on his birthday, Mike Griffin is giving.

NBC Charlotte tagged along as he pulled up to the drive-thru window at a Burger King and paid for several cars behind him.  He also ordered food to bring to the people building his new home.

“We saw the Connecticut thing happen, and it’s my 40th birthday so we decided that there was no better way to celebrate the birthday than do 40 random acts of kindness,” he said.

Wife Carrie helped with planning and the couple’s two youngest—Wynn and Candler—are the perfect little elves.

Carrie explained, “We started off the day taking breakfast to our kids’ schools and there were some policeman so we gave them gift cards,” Carrie said.  “We took lunch to the people helping build our house we went and sang at a nursing home.”

They taped quarters to the mall vending machine. They bought gift cards for people in line at Starbucks.

“It’s been fantastic.  We’ve gotten a lot of hugs, a lot of surprise.  It’s just been a fantastic feeling,” Mike said.

Just four years old, even Wynn seemed to get the idea of giving.  They even had a gift for the man used to doing the giving—Santa.

“Nobody ever asks me what I want for Christmas.  I’m always asking them, so that was very thoughtful of them,” Santa said.

The Griffin family has just one wish.

“Imagine if we got a whole lot of people across the country to do this?  It would be a whole lot better news story than some of the things we’ve seen lately,” Mike said.

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