CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Anissa Starnes said she sat and watched what was happening in Charleston and, like so many others, felt helpless. So she decided to do something.
"I made a post on Facebook," Anissa said, "And said, 'what if we all did something kind for each other or someone that day, to take our focus off all of the bad that was happening?'"
She wanted to do something to honor the lives of the nine people lost in the tragic shooting so she, along with college friend Andi Owen, made a Facebook page and hoped it would catch on.
They call it "9 Days of Kindness." So far, the page has more than 1,700 people who "like" it.
The movement encourages people to do something, no matter how small, to show that kindness is not a gesture lost in a seemingly negative world.
"We should do kindness 365 days a year and a lot of people do. But sometimes we get so busy with our own lives that we forget to do common things like open the door for someone or speaking to someone that doesn't look just like us," Anissa said.
Anissa hopes the movement will encourage people to come together, both to remember the nine lives tragically lost, and to honor them at the same time.
For more information on 9 Days of Kindness, check our the Facebook page here.