Student inspires others to be kind

By Anna Carrera

Published 12/13 2013 06:32PM

Updated 12/16 2013 01:56PM

CHAMPAIGN -- A University of Illinois student is trying to spread the Christmas spirit by doing random acts of kindness. This all started earlier this month. Nora Al-Qadi says someone used a word that upset her. She decided she could either let that make her angry or change it into something positive. So every day this month, she's been doing something different to help others.

"I put some money at the vending machine at the hospital because I know when you're in the hospital it's not a very happy time," said Nora. "I know I'm blessed and I'm fortunate with what I have but I'm realizing even more so."

On Friday, Nora spent the morning reading to kids at the Swann Special Care Center. She doesn't want any recognition for doing this, but she hopes to inspire people to pay it forward. Dozens have already joined her, including some at the university's Muslim Student Organization.

This month, Nora has also helped organize a fund to raise money for a 9-year-old with cerebral palsy who needed a wheelchair. To learn more about that, click here.

If you want to take part in the random acts of kindness, you can do something special in your own community or email Nora for ideas at 

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