Rochester may need to be renamed “North South Pole”

The amount of bounty and Christmas spirit that has emerged from Rochester throughout the holiday season has been nothing short of inspiring and incredible. Just last week, we spotlighted kindhearted strangers in Rochester who helped a mom give her two daughters a Christmas. And today, we’re celebrating a mother who honors her daughter’s memory by spreading kindness.

“Kindness for Maddi” honors memory of Madison Charlotte Weeks

Heartbreaking, almost 8 years ago, on Wednesday February 19, 2014, a horrific accident occurred on Rt 202 in Rochester when Lori Weeks lost control of her vehicle due to snow and collided with another. Lori and her daughter, Madison (or Maddi, as she was affectionately known), were sent to the hospital. While Lori survived and recovered, sadly Maddi’s injuries were too severe for her to overcome.

Thus, Kindness for Maddi was born. According to the Facebook page, Kindness for Maddi “is a place to share your random acts of kindness in honor of Madison Charlotte Weeks.”

So what are the random Christmas stockings around Rochester?

Yesterday morning (Monday, December 13), Lori posted to the You Know You’re From Rochester When … group on Facebook, mentioning she left random stockings strewn around Rochester.

“Keep an eye out for Christmas stockings in town!” I’ve released two stockings so far this morning and we have 18 more to give away! love and pass on what you don’t like. An opportunity to brighten up someone else’s day too! The items were lovingly donated by a kind woman in memory of her mom and lovingly packaged and distributed by Kindness for Maddi in loving memory of our daughter. “

Kudos to Lori not only for having the strength to carry on each day, but also for taking every opportunity possible to showcase her daughter’s spirit and celebrate her while inspiring a whole community.

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