Middle Tennesseans are reacting to last Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook that claimed the lives of 20 students and six adults with random acts of kindness
At the Starbucks coffee shop in Madison, customers in the drive-thru line paid for the order of the person behind them.
"When we see a big tragedy we feel helpless, so the idea is what can we do? I want to do something, what is it?" explained, Sam Davidson, president and co-founder of the non-profit organization Cool People Care, which started in Nashville in 2006.
"Often times the first thing to come to mind, or the easiest thing to come to mind is how can I help someone else," Davidson
Davidson told Nashville's News 2 that while acts of kindness can't change what happened, it does have a local impact.
"It changes the energy that we feel, but it changes the conversation because, instead of going from a reactionary one, hopefully we go to a conversation that's full of pro activity," he said.
Vivian Wilhoite told Nashville's News 2 she was in line at a Starbucks when one of these "Pay it Forward" responses began.
"It just gave me a good start to the day it just made me feel really good about, it was just so giving it was really nice. Someone who didn't know me, a perfect stranger," she said.
For more information on Cool People Care, visit their Web site.