Today we would like you to meet Knoxville, Tennessee resident Tricia Somers. Tricia is the administrator of a Facebook page titled Random Acts of Kindness. This page recently caught our attention because unlike make of the other pages that are similar, it was not trying to promote a brand or business. They are legitimately focused on just one thing: making a positive difference in our world.
Launched on December 2, 2014, Tricia’s page shines a spotlight on the good deeds of others, many of which go unnoticed or untold in today’s media. It has already exceeded 2000 likes, and continues to grow each and every day. So in appreciation for her efforts, we decided to turn the tables and shine the spotlight on her.
We recently invited Tricia to answer a few questions about herself and her page. Here is what she had to say:
What made you start this FB page?
“I started Random Acts of Kindness because there are [Police] Officers that put on a badge every day, honoring the ‘Protect and Serve’ oath. Not only do they honor it, they go beyond the requirements of the badge all the time. Unfortunately, 99% of the stories we see regarding Officers in the news are stories of an Officer doing wrong. Dramatic selling is good for ratings. But what happens as a result of showing only negativity is a gross misrepresentation of Officers across the country.”
How do you find your stories?
“I find stories of kindness everywhere. If you look, they are there. Social media, stories shared from others and networking with some great Officers. I added a second admin on the page (Aaron Slater) that is amazing. He also has a great following and has helped tremendously!”
Which, if any, stories have impacted your life personally?
“The most common statement at the end of many of these stories is: ‘I was just doing my job.’ What a moving statement, considering the level each Officer goes to is beyond the scope of the badge. Their behavior comes from under the badge – it comes from their heart. And that is what inspires me every time I find a new story.”
What has managing this page taught you about people?
“People are good. There are some who get lost and make bad decisions. But [the followers] who have joined this page fully support those that are good, and those that do good.”
Have you ever done a random act of kindness on your own that was modeled after one of the stories you posted?
“Not modeled after a story. However, I always try to help others if I can. [For example], this summer I purchased a gas can and gas for an elderly couple who ran out of gas on their way home from a heart surgery appointment. I also host a Christmas event every year in honor of my grandson. Everyone brings a gift that I then deliver to the children at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital the week before Christmas.”
What do you hope to gain by sharing these stories?
“When I was a little girl, I used to listen to ‘A Little Good News’ by Anne Murray all the time. I still do. There is so much good in this world that goes unnoticed. While I am not an Officer of the Law, I work with them on a daily basis and I choose to honor them by recognizing and sharing their stories. The only thing I gain by doing so is a daily reminder to myself and others that while we may see negativity all the time … there is so much good unseen. So I want to bring Law Enforcement Officers and the [their] supporters … ‘A Little Good News Today’.”
Out of everything you’ve posted so far, are there any specific stories that will stick with you forever?
“Yes. [The following] is a link to one of the most touching stories I have posted. This video shows an Officer’s final act of kindness. Conversation and some cookies for a young boy, neither of which were required by the Officer. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. This Officer unfortunately lost his life minutes after leaving. It was a tragedy for this hero and [at the same time] a lifelong memory for the young boy.”
So today, AmericasFootprints.com would like to give a special ‘thank you’ to Tricia Somers. In a world where society holds all accountable for the wrong doings of a collected few, she is a woman on a mission to prove that is a gross misrepresentation … bringing you stories of GOOD that go beyond the badge.
And that is why Tricia’s legacy is one that WILL be remembered in America’s history…long after she says goodbye.