WEST SACRAMENTO -- A FOX40 story about a girl handing out bracelets and encouraging people to be kind had been viewed online nearly 5.5 million times as of Tuesday night, hitting a sweet spot in a world where good news is needed.
She has been handing out bracelets in public with a note that reads: "Because I care is a program that can go all around the country. All you have to do is start with a few bracelets. Then whenever you do something nice for someone (i.e. buy their coffee at Starbucks, or pay them a compliment) you give them a bracelet, and pass down this message: In a world with so many issues, let's just show other people that they are valued."
Leah and her family have launched the following Twitter feed and Facebook page where people can share their acts of kindness.
"I never thought it was going to get this big," Leah said Tuesday evening while she and several friends got together for a bracelet-making party to meet increasing demand.
"I think because there are many issues in the world...it really brightens peoples' days to hear that there's still some kind things, good things, going on in the world," she added.
The Nelsons say they have heard from people from as far away as England and Indonesia who were touched by the story.
"And it's been a beautiful thing to read the comments, and the shares," said her dad, Charles Nelson. "You know, it goes across race line, gender line, political line. It's just crossing everything. And just reminding people from the mouth of a ten-year-old: just be human, just be nice, understand that we're all in this together and we're all trying to get through it all together. So I just think it's fantastic."