A pediatric hospital ward, an animal shelter, a food program with weary volunteers have been special places touched by her and also "angels" like Kristi -- friends who wanted to celebrate her life by showing compassion, thoughtfulness and love.
"I think people who are givers know how good it feels to give when it's not expected," the attractive brunette said about the happiness she experiences as she randomly affects the lives of others.
And because of Kristi's birthday wish that year -- "no gifts for me, just others" -- there were people throughout the U.S. and across a continent who felt the sheer joy of giving for no other reason than to be kind to another human being.
Perhaps the world is a little brighter, a little softer because of their actions. And just maybe the idea of loving one another every single day will catch on.
(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at email@example.com.)
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