The Nazareth Area High School Theatre Troupe on Friday kicked off the highly anticipated winter break with its "Winter in Nazareth Variety Show."
But a powerful message and request mingled with Christmas favorites, like "There's No Place like Home for the Holidays" and "Hey, Santa."
Members of the theatre troupe slipped an extra piece of paper inside each program. Typed on the slip of paper was the following:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness,
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate,
only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Please consider performing 26 Acts of Kindness in memory of the Sandy Hook victims.
The request is part of a viral movement.
On Dec. 16, Ann Curry, a national and international NBC News correspondent, posted this message on Twitter and Facebook: "Imagine if all of us committed to 20 mitzvahs/acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I'm in. If you are RT #20Acts."
According to NBC News, Curry's idea has evolved into a viral effort known as "26 Acts of Kindness" on Facebook and #26Acts and #20Acts on Twitter in honor of the students and faculty who died at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The hashtag #26Acts was a trending topic on Twitter and at 10 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 23), the "26 Acts of Kindness" Facebook page stretched to almost 78,000 "likes."
The Nazareth Area High School Theatre Troupe also donated all proceeds from the variety show -- about $600 -- to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which was established to provide direct monetary assistance to families of victims and the Newtown, CT, community.
Ann Curry's social media pages are filled with #26Acts stories and photos. Did you perform an act of kindness? Tell us about it in the comments section below. You can even upload a photo!