One of the last photos of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed during the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, was of him holding up a sign that read "No more hurting people. Peace." Thanks to a new campaign set in motion by his family inspired by his wish, other kids will get the chance to make it a reality.
The Boston Globe reports that on Monday The Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign launched in partnership with GenerationOn, a movement dedicated to helping kids make a difference, and Hasbro Co. Per the Martin family, the campaign will encourage kids to help others and execute plans to spread kindness.
"The Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign challenges kids, teens and families across the country to take action that fosters greater togetherness, compassion, peace and kindness in their communities through service projects that build bridges and bring people together," the website states.
Martin's message was the inspiration.
Martin's parents, Bill and Denise Richard, wrote a piece published by Time, which explains the reasoning behind founding the campaign. Quite simply, Martin was a peacemaker and they wanted to continue his legacy.
"Our family founded The Martin Richard Foundation to amplify those small actions, to honor our son's message of peace, and to make the world a better place," they wrote.
The site allows kids to track their good deeds and search for volunteer opportunities in their area by zip code.
Since the launch, more than 9,600 kids have spread peace.
The Richards hope that more kids do the same.
"Whether it’s doing a volunteer project like planting a peace garden at a local school, creating a peace poster or simply inviting someone new to sit at your school lunch table, there are many easy ways to get involved and help change the world."
(H/T: Huffington Post)