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Hartford Foundation, WNPR Project Seeks Tales Of Kindness

Hartford Foundation, WNPR Project Seeks Tales Of Kindness

Two years ago, Jim Ryan decided he didn't want any gifts on his birthday. Instead he turned the whole idea of birthday giving on its head, by going out and committing at least one random act of kindness for every year he's been alive. "I bought people coffee. I left gift cards for people at restaurants. I paid for meals ... I sent flowers to a number of people I know through the Internet who are inspirational to the people around them," said Ryan, a software developer who lives in Meriden. "By the end of the day, I had performed over 100 acts of kindness." He did it again last year and plans to do it again every birthday for the rest of his life. Ryan...

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