Dear friends and family,
We are beyond touched by the overwhelming display of kindness in honor of Jackson. Thank you all for spreading loving kindness throughout your communities in such meaningful and often creative ways. Jackson’s kindness traveled throughout the United States, up to Canada, across the Caribbean to Puerto Rico, and even made it to London, Sri Lanka, India, Germany, Malawi, and other areas in Africa. Together, and in memory of Jackson, we have touched the lives of many individuals, communities, and wonderful organizations. We are so grateful for you all and your endless display of love and support for us as we grieve the loss of our precious Jackson and find meaningful ways to keep his spirit alive.
We will continue to update this page as more Kindness Acts roll in, so it’s never too late to send us yours. Please let us know if you would like more kindness cards; we have hundreds and can mail them to you easily - or we have a print-at-home sheet here. (Also, if we’re missing your Act here, please let us know!)
If you’re new to the Kindness Project, you can learn more here, and take a look at the kindness acts below.
With loving kindness,
Natalia, Bryan, and Jackson, who is always in our hearts.
Paid for coffee for the drive through customers behind them ☕️ 🚘
Love for Jackson down in San Diego! A run down by the water and spreading kindness in the turn of purchasing breakfast for the woman behind me in line. She's ready to pass it forward 🌺
Put some extra money in a roadside sunflower stand to say thank you for sharing cheer (and their flowers) in people’s lives who drive by in Jackson’s honor.
Paid the toll for the car behind me on the bay bridge this morning.
Donated one of their boats for the memorial service of a good friend
Gave one of these sunflower solar lamps to a class of school kids sitting having lunch outside the Tate Modern today. Their teacher said they will love it and thank you Jackson for the sweet gift ☀️🌻
Gave bouquets of flowers to families on the street
Picked up garbage during every walk with Jack this week
Wrote out some of her favorite poems and left them in the comment box at her yoga studio
Donated toys and groceries at Sunnyvale Community Services, a non-profit that provides services for the homeless in our community, in honor of our dear Jackson 💕
Donated blood in honor of Jackson
Donations of Jackson and Owens clothes, books/toys, shoes, hats, and blankets for babies in the Tacoma WA detention centers
A gift of Jackson's favorite fruit, pluots, on his birthday.
Shared sweet treats with her office in memory of a sweet boy.
Made arts & crafts during lab meeting, making paper flowers to spread Jackson's kindness.
Took photos of pink flowers and created a spot for mindful meditation and quiet reflection for guests at their rental house in Lake Table Rock in the Ozarks 🌸
Washed her housemates’ sheets on a Monday morning because she knew it was on their to do lists!
Treated a stranger to their birthday cake in honor of Jackson on his birthday
Donated blood in honor of Jackson. They ran out of pink tape so they fashioned her a bow 💕
Befriended a stranger at the airport who very anxious because it was her first time flying. She shared that she was going to Texas to meet her newborn grandson, but could only afford to visit for one week. It made me think of the joy of spending long stretches of time with both Jackson & Owen when they were born, and how grateful I was that I could do it.
I did my best to ease her airport anxiety and later saw her at her gate. I ended up talking to her about Jackson & our kindness project, and asked her to accept her a gift on his name, so she could enjoy some special time with her 3 grandkids in Texas ❤️
Found this website, then arranged with 10 other families to raise $1,000 for a shoe donation to students at a local school. Thirty pairs of shoes, allowing kids to play on the basketball team — including three children living in a shelter, who’d never had new shoes until now. They’ll continue to do this in years to come — an amazing gift. ♥️
“Harper is sharing her mama’s milk (to someone who could really use it) in honor of Jackson today ❤️”
Natalia’s former advisor received this framed photo with a Jackson kindness card attached — a complete coincidence; the gifter had no idea she knew Natalia personally. The gifter (a stranger to us) was inspired to do this act of kindness after hearing Natalia’s podcast.
“This photograph of Roxburough Park (in Colorado) was taken while hiking on a painful day when she herself experienced a sense of connection through this small act of kindness.”
Brought breakfast to her coworkers for SUDC Awareness Month
“I visited the biggest Temple in Melbourne for the first time and in honor of Jackson, I shared his story with this monk and donated money. The Monk asked me not to put his Kindness Project card in the donation box... she wanted to keep his card at the temple and pray for him every night. In our culture, we pray for his spirit to be free.”
Bought a family a Daniel Tiger toy, since that was Jackson’s favorite show. The sweet mom he treated said "I'll pay it forward!"
Bought friend her favorite bread from specialty bakery during a hard week!
Donated blood in honor of Jackson. She used her arm with her Jackson tattoo and chose a pink bandage, his favorite color. Then came over for Owen snuggles 🥰
Brought Larsen’s bakery treats for Labor and Delivery staff at UW on Owen’s 1 month “birthday”
Donated pajamas to foster kids in Oregon
Bought a stranger a cup of coffee in the security line at the airport ☕️ ❤️
“Extra-generous tip to a lovely young woman for a scone at the airport, on my way to meet Owen 💕. I gave her Jackson’s card & told her he was gone, but that I was meeting my new grandson today. She tried to give me my food for free! - but I told her the kindness was on my part, a gift to her ❤️”
Donated baby sleepers to Harborview Giving Tree Program for patients and families receiving care at Harborview
Donated 25 scarves, 25 pairs of socks and 20 pairs of gloves to a homeless outreach group in Spokane over break in honor of Jackson.
Bought a bunch of food and it took it to the local food bank.
Orchid for her dental hygienist Cindy, who loves to see Jackson’s pictures.
Adopted a family for the holidays and plans to do so every year with her daughter in honor of Jackson.
Secret Santa gift for an 8-year-old boy.
Food deliveries on Thanksgiving Day in honor of Jackson
Planted a tree in honor of Jackson 🌲
Thank you note and gift card to her pediatric dentist for being so great with her kids
Donation at Bryce Canyon in honor of Jackson
Flowers for a neighbor on the one-year anniversary of losing her sister.
Filled two “Samaritan” gift boxes for children somewhere around the world, with toy cars, school supplies, and more.
“Sharing some sweetness with my coworkers in memory of sweet Jackson!”
Bought Paseo sandwiches for a family in line behind her.
Donated to Manuel’s “Big Brother Big Sister” fundraiser. Full-circle kindness act, since Manuel started volunteering as a “Big Brother” as his Act of Kindness in 2017.
Small pewter votive candles bought in Mittenberg and some lotion. People loved it and are going to pass on a random act of kindness in Jackson’s memory.
Homemade chocolate chip cookies (“Libby cookies”) on the anniversary of Jackson’s passing, for the firefighters who came to our aid that morning 🍪 🚒
Donated ten bags of books with her son to little libraries in their neighborhood as well as the community library 📚
Donated gift card to man with his kids outside Trader Joe’s
Donated to the SUDC Foundation
Delivered 30 single stem Dahlias on the anniversary of Jackson’s passing to neighbors who remember that morning all too well.
Abuelo & Abuela donated a Woodland Park Zoo Family Passport membership to a random family in honor of Jackson & his love for the zoo.
Two gift certificates for a local paint-your-own pottery studio: one for the next family with small kids that walks through the doors, and the other to be given at whenever the store owners choose to do so, for a mom with her young son.
Gave a mom in the park a gift card to a really nice indoor kid space in Philly that offers both free play and structured classes.
Dinner care package for friend’s family member who had surgery
Paid for popsicles for a family of four at Ayelet’s favorite popsicle shop.
Donated money to this man for the homeless in Philly.
Gave our Djiboutian housekeeper a tip for her and her children in memory of Jackson.
Made a donation to UNICEF during training in Djibouti, after learning that child mortality rate under 5 years in Somalia is 85%
“Left these in the staff break room at my clinic. Working hard to spread Jackson’s memory in Hershey, PA!”
Sharing some Jackson kindness (Cards, flowers and harbor tour passes) with neighbors going through difficult times
Donated to “Shoes that Fit” in memory of my shoe-loving boy
Donated blood in memory of Jackson ❤️
Dropped a box of protein bars, other sustaining foods, and self-care items off at a Seattle tent city.
Gifted to a patient in the hospital who mentioned her niece’s upcoming 3rd birthday on September 11 (exact same birthday as Jackson who also would be turning 3).
“For the past couple years I've been driving my neighbor (and fellow violist) to orchestra rehearsal since she's not super comfortable driving at night. She's a great car companion and I look forward to our conversations. We've talked about Jackson on our rides and I'm bringing her flowers tonight.”
Bought a hot meal for a homeless man he and his wife know near their apartment in SF
Flower arrangement for dear friend who miscarried
Flower arrangement for fellow bereaved parents
While out with her son, bought lunch for a young family at the restaurant.
Donated to the Lassen Volcanic National Park on her birthday, and climbed up to Cinder Cone in honor of Jackson.
Bought a birthday cake for a stranger on Jackson’s birthday
Donated books to toddler and preschool classrooms at Jackson’s school in his memory 📚
Left three special books on our doorstep with sweet inscriptions dedicated to Bryan and Natalia, Jackson, and baby brother on the way.
Planted a Jackson garden outside of the lab 🌸
Birthday treat for a friend whose birthday is the day before Jackson’s.
Made meals at Zac’s restaurant for homeless folks on Capitol Hill. Handed out burritos, chips, and Rainer Beers in honor of Jackson. ❤️
Took a dozen donuts to her favorite flower shop in Bellingham in honor of Jackson’s love of flowers 🌸
Made banana bread for her daughter’s daycare teachers and wrote them a thank you note sharing their appreciation.
“Prepared a talk and spoke at a rally for my union about climate action and how ‘loving the land is an act of loving the past, present, and future all at the same time’”
Donated a ton of diapers in Jackson’s honor to an organization called “Las Madrinas” in Sacramento that helps low income families with young kids.
Donated blood in honor of Jackson 💉
Gave one of her favorite bookstores in NY money to go towards whoever buys the next children’s book there.
Volunteered with ‘Turning Wheels for Kids’ (free bike repair clinic) hosted by Milpitas Fire Department where they fixed 76 bikes and gave a away 37 helmets. Wore Jackson’s shirt to raise awareness of SUDC and mentioned to others volunteer about Jackson.
Delivered bagels to the labor and delivery staff at Kaiser hospital in Oakland where their son was born in August.
Donated to San Jose’s Heritage Home, an organization dedicated to helping pregnant women overcome homelessness, addiction, and other hardships while becoming loving mothers to their newborn babies.
“Gift certificate for a colleague who lost her son to suicide several years ago and has since become a champion for youth suicide prevention. She reminds me of another brave, badass mama I know who refuses to let her suffering go to waste.”
Thank you note and candle to the chaplain who came with first responders the morning that Jackson passed away.
“Took a big fruit salad up to Portage Bay daycare and put it in the staff room for the teachers and school who loved Jackson so much and took such good care of him, and also need lots of extra love and support this week. We also made a lot of art as a family and decorated the staff room w the Jackson themed art (flowers, pink, Js).”
Gave their friend’s daughter an e-reader she very much wanted, and shared Jackson’s picture and spoke about him. They also planted 10 begonias in memory of Jackson and his love for flowers.
Donated blood in Jackson’s honor
Toys and monetary donation to Seattle Humane Society 🐱🐶
Gave pink orchid and card to friend who lost their adult son last year
Canvassed at the UW light rail station with Arlie ❤️
Helped her parents water their fruit trees and flower beds earlier today.
Dropped off a bag of supplies for victims of the floods in North Carolina at a local shelter.
Donated to the SUDC Foundation
Sponsored a giraffe named Dobby in honor of Jackson - they were a favorite at the zoo (Bryan taught Jackson that giraffes say “mee-mee-mee-mee”)
Donated books to “Books to Prisoners”, as well as a donation to help pay for sending the books out to prisoners.
Bought breakfast for her medical clinic as an act of kindness in honor of Jackson, with an extra challenge for the beneficiaries...
Hoping that through free breakfast, Jackson is gifting some perspective to others today
Donated baby blankets to Mary’s Inn Maternity Home, which serves serves perinatal women in Dubuque with limited resources. Some of these blankets were used by Shep, their son, who they also lost to SUDC.
“Today we made some brownies in honor of Jackson for the firefighters in our neighborhood. They were so touched, they even let James ride in the fire truck.”
Donated her car to a childrens’ charity. 🌸
“Muffins for our new neighbors 🏡♥️”
Blueberries for a dear friend
Flowers for a friend going through a difficult time
Orchids for her doctor who was especially kind to her during her last appointment.
Contributed to “Front Porch Summer Arts”, a summer program focused on creativity for kids and teens in Warwick, NY.
Helped a stranger on a Moms Facebook group who lost a six week old daughter to SIDS and has been struggling emotionally and financially in the aftermath of her tragedy. “I'm hoping that giving in Jackson's name will be useful as well as help her feel less alone.”
Updated membership with KUOW and dedicated Evergreen Membership to Jackson. They called it in and spoke with the staff there about Jackson and about the kindness project and shared the website with them.
Gifted a box of chocolate truffles to a new co-worker who asked about kids and I shared with her that Jackson died. Wanted to show her she didn’t misstep in asking, and that I appreciated her kindness.
Signed up for the bone marrow registry
Treated a family to passes to the PAWS Discovery Farm in New Jersey. Ran into a little boy named Jackson.
Donated to the food bank in memory of Jackson’s favorite dinner combo, “rice and beans” 🍴
(This is yet-another Kindness Act recipient who paid-it-forward!)
Got called into a night shift, and paid for the person behind her - then texted Natalia “person behind me gonna meet Jackson!” ☕️
Donated to the Garden--a rare green place open for free all year round across the street from their London flat--that is somehow nearly all supported by volunteers. It even has a section of donated play toys for kids. I remember Jackson loved to be outside and it's a place we'll continue to honor his memory and celebrate his life.
Donated artwork (“Living Trees”) to her UW lab in memory of Jackson
Sent 28 Mother’s Day cards and “mama bear” buttons to my dearest friends and family raising young children
Donated a rescue kit to three newborn babies on Mother’s Day.
Left donations with Jackson's cards in the donation box at Glide Memorial Church Service after volunteering together.
Raised funds for the SUDC Foundation at their son’s birthday party. ♥️
donated “Llama Llama Red Pajama” while checking out at Amazon books 📚
Searched the SUDC website for ways to get involved and found out about a fundraising event near Philadelphia where they live. They signed up, did the walk (on a cold and rainy day!), and donated to SUDC Foundation. All in memory of Jackson 💕
Gave extra large tip to Amsterdam canal tour guide on the 6-month anniversary of Jackson’s passing
Donated pounds to Heathrow Airport charity collection
Gave an extra tip to the Girl Scout on our block who brought us cookies
Donated to the Firefighters Burn Institute that helps burn victims and burned firefighters in Northern California. In memory of Jackson who loved fire trucks.
Donated her hair in memory of Jackson 💇🏻
Left an extra tip after receiving a facial as a gift from a friend.
Gave a kindness plant to a kind neighbor.
Donated to the preschool that Bryan, James, & Chris attended with their children, in memory of how much Jackson loved his daycare.
Care package for a good friend recovering from a surgery.
Played Santa at the bookstore, buying books for the next family in line.
Planted 4 trees on the Galápagos Islands, so that Jackson’s memory can grow Tall-Like-A-Tree 🌳
Donated her hair in memory of Jackson.
Got stuck in the snowstorm while interviewing on the east coast and left a large tip for the lovely employees at Chipotle, the only restaurant open for miles!
Honored veterans on MLK day, in the spirit of citizenship, service, and Jackson’s love and kindness, by bringing coffee and donuts for 100 veterans living at the Veterans Academy at the Presidio of San Francisco.
Signed up for the bone marrow registry in order to be available for another child or adult in need.
Donated art supplies, coloring books, and art supplies to toy drive.
Donated 50lbs. of food to food bank
Cleaning up trash on Camano Island
Donated bubble kit to toy drive
Donated to the toddler books section at Santa Clara Public Library.
Gifted a small dog pet carrier and some toys to Amira (5 y/o) at Compass Housing
Purchased a tire swing for the river otters to enjoy at the Seattle Aquarium
Gifted a jacket for a homeless student
Paid bill for a father-daughter sushi date sitting behind us 🍣
Donated to Encompass, helping to build healthy foundations for children in their families
Dog food donation to Seattle Animal Shelter
A hummingbird feeder for the birds in Jackson’s Garden
Dog-sat their friends’ 2 Boston Terriers (Sadie and Chloe) over Christmas when they were in a pinch, in honor of Jackson’s kindness and Stella’s sweetness
Made a donation in loving memory of Jackson to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Bought and distributed a bunch of these cute little colorful balls that grow/decompose (with natural rainfall and sun) into beautiful different flowers. A way to “toss” Jackson’s kindness and love for flowers into the world.
Gifted Christmas dinners for hungry folks in the cold last night
Made a donation to Wally’s rescue org and told them about Jackson and Wally’s sweet relationship (as evidenced by this favorite ice cream sharing photo).
Donated winter hats and socks in Jackson’s name to a shelter in Camden, NJ
Donated a parent and child swim class package (10 classes) for Aquatics Levels 1 & 2 (ages 6 months-4 years) at Queen Anne pool, a place that has held a lot of fun childhood swim lesson memories for Bryan and Hayley, as well as Jackson!
Gifted a Starbucks gift card, cash, and a jar of homemade caramel popcorn to a very friendly homeless man who often greets her on the same block of the Upper West Side.
Asked Leslie Noble, owner of a wonderful family pie business in NY, to select a family for a pie donation.
Sent a refugee girl to school for a year in the U.S. in honor of Jackson’s love of school and learning.
Gave the gift of school supplies to two refugee children in the United States.
Donated $500 to Asha, an amazing non-governmental organization in New Delhi, changing lives for families and children in New Delhi slums, helping with livelihood, higiene, and education.
Writing notes and cards to loved ones when they don’t expect it.
Signed up to be a big brother at Boys and Girls Club of America in SF.
"Angel" glassybaby for a friend’s mother who lost a baby over 20 years ago, in honor of both Jackson and Victor.
Gift for a friend with multiple myeloma receiving stem cell treatment.
Donated to Donors Choose classroom supplies
Made donation to SUDC, and hung the photo of Jackson on their Christmas tree, to keep his spirit close at heart.
Sent thank you cards to all the firefighters they know (which are many), thanking them for what they do and all the people they help each and every day.
Picked out these holiday pajamas with her boys to give to the Jammie Drive at school. They will go to children in the Colorado Foster care system. Their first lesson in compassionate living and sending loving-kindness is thanks to beloved Jackson.
Cookie plating for psychology department staff
Paid for a family’s tab at “Paint the Town”
Gift certificate for our wonderful grief counselor to take her kids to 'Paint the Town', a place I had wanted to take Jackson.
Cookie plate for firefighters of Station 35, who responded to our 911 call that morning.
Donated holiday presents to LifeMoves, an organization that helps homeless individuals and families. Also donating to the SUDC foundation in Jackson's honor.
Headed-up a winter festival charity drive for the SUDC Foundation (including a live broadcast sharing Jackson’s story) at her work (Caffeine, a live-streaming site) which has raised over $700 to-date.
Donated to Stanford Children’s Hospital and picked out a pink ornament for our Jackson tree 💗🎄
“Adopted” a homeless family with 3 boys and fulfilled their Christmas wishes of legos and warm clothes (and surprise gifts for mom and dad).
Donated artwork (“Living Trees”) to her new lab.
Made a donation in Jackson’s name to support the American Red Cross, an important charity for their family, to help fire victims in a Southern California.
Provided rides to a coworker who is a young widow and recently had a heart attack herself. Her coworker is currently barred from driving and otherwise has to navigate a stressful cross-town bus commute in LA. She shared Jackson’s story and listened to Bahamas (played at Jackson’s birth and memorial service) on the long drive back home.
Gifted a candle and a poinsettia plant in Jackson’s memory to a young couple who moved in at the end of her cul-de-sac a few months ago.
Gave this book to an old friend who is an immigration lawyer. She works with an enormous heart for people who’ve come to the U.S. seeking asylum, which is even more difficult in the current political climate. Jackson’s card reminded him of her kindness, working to help people who’ve experienced too much of the opposite.
Signed up to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for 2 years.
Gift cards to her son’s wonderful teachers at daycare, thanking them for the love, kindness, fun and learning they give him everyday.
Organized a team of people from work to fund and make cookies for hundreds of people at shelters and transitional homes through the FareStart organization. FareStart provides meals to this population daily, but dessert is not normally included. The cookies will be a special treat for the holiday in honor of Jackson.
Donated diapers to WestSide Baby as part of their friend's donation drive, serving low income families with babies and children in West King County.
Reconnected with a dear friend from Germany and treated her to lunch where they shared stories about loss and talked about Jackson’s life and the kindness project.
Blessing bags (filled with toiletries, non perishable food, water, etc...) that they normally keep in their car to pass out to anyone in need. This holiday season they spruced up the blessings bags with additional festive items and made it extra special with Jackson’s heartwarming smile.
Knowing how obsessed Jackson was with all things firetrucks, they bought lots and lots of firetruck-themed toys to bring smiles to other children Jackson’s age.
In honor of Jackson's love for his lovies, they donated stuffed animals and infant blankets to Children's Hospital.
To support the research and increase of awareness of sudden unexpected deaths in children, they donated money to SUDC.
Preparing gifts in Jackson’s honor for people at my grandmothers nursing home. Each gift has a home made ornament and chocolates.
Donation to the children’s section of the Albert Wisner Public Library. They have various themed tote bags for children to read and learn about subjects that interest them. Here is a new story time tote bag with Arctic animals theme in honor of Jackson.
As part of his company’s 190lb donation to Northwest Harvest, he helped contribute to 40lb worth of kid-related nutritious items.
Gift for a fellow bereaved mother who lost her daughter. She honors her memory with Crickets.
Fulfilled wishlist item for for a boy in Sonoma County.