The pain of September 11th will never completely go away but one Lincoln family is using this tragic day to start something positive.
Cameron Freeman was killed by a drunk driver in November of 2010 just a couple of weeks before his 22nd birthday. Now, his parents are turning their son's tragic death into acts of compassion.
It's called the Cameron Effect. Family members are asking everyone to commit seven random acts of compassion between September 11th through December 7th.
Shelley Freeman, Cameron's mother says people are urged to log their deeds on Cameron Effect cards as a representation of kindness, compassion and understanding. The cards will be collected and made into Kindness Quilts at the end December.
"To bring meaning to his death, we want to do something positive, so we we've asked people to do seven positive acts," said Freeman.
Freeman added, "They don't have to be anything big, it doesn't have to involve money. It does have to involve the heart, we want people to do it out of passion and we want people to document what they did and how it changed them."
The acts of kindness touched Jay Armbrister, a detective who investigated the crash in Kansas.
"We see tragic wrecks and situations, but this one had more of a deeper feeling and it kept me a little closer because I could have pictured myself in either of these young men's situations, so it just made me think is there something I could do to get this message out," said Armbrister.
That message came in the form of a presentation to college kids about making good decisions when you drink.
Armbrister said, "My thought was this could be one of my first acts of kindness, is trying to put this thing together. I've never seen, there's always something that comes from tragedies, but I've never seen anything with a pair of legs like this."
"We're trying to appeal to people that focus on having a plan before you go out drinking, to have a plan and stick to that plan," said Freeman.
Between two tragedies, September 11th and December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, Shelley Freeman hopes you'll take part in seven acts of kindness.
Here's how else you can participate in the Cameron Effect - Seven Acts of Kindness movement:
Visit any Lincoln City Library or Lincoln area Hy-Vee store to pick up 7 Kindness Cards.
Do seven expressions of compassion.
Share your kindness story or how it made you feel on the Kindness Card or your own 3x5 card and deliver them back to any Lincoln City Library, Lincoln area Hy-Vee, KZUM radio station or First Plymouth Congregational Church.
The cards will be collected and made into Kindness Quilts to be displayed at a December celebration.