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Midstate family out to reward random acts of kindness

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A Harrisburg-area family is going to be spending $1,000 of its own money this month on a unique project.

Eric and Christine Waters, along with their daughter Ava, have been putting their time and money into an effort they call "The Hummingbird Project."

They saw a need. They want to fill that need and want everyone to help.

"We noticed that there needs to be more kindness," Eric Waters said. "Just even a gentle 'hello,' a handshake, someone opening a door for someone; very, very simple things."

So, for every business day this month, they will be seeking out random acts of kindness throughout Harrisburg and rewarding that person with $50 in cash.

The first winner was a lady helped someone who had dropped something they were carrying.

"She was shocked of course," Eric said. "You approach someone with a $50 bill, who basically did something that, if you are truly kind of heart, is just an everyday act."

The next winning act occurred right outside of the Waters family business, Ava's Garden day care in the Uptown Plaza. Eric noticed a man help a woman push her cart full of groceries to her car and then helped her load them.

"But then even afterwards he took her by the arm and just guided her to the front door of her car and helped her open the door and helped her get in the car. I mean it took two minutes probably, but it was such a wonderful thing to witness," Eric said.

"We're trying to create a climate of mindfulness, being in the present," he said. "There are so many wonderful things that go on in the course of a day that we miss because our attention is always focused somewhere else other than in the moment."


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