ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – This week’s Harris Hero turned a family tragedy into a way of honoring her sister and spreading kindness in her community.
Abby and Hannah had a lot of friends, they grew up together in Red Bud, Illinois and both worked at the local YMCA. On the night of Jan. 10, Abby was driving her friends Hanna and Grace when an oncoming car crossed the center line and them head on. Abby and Hannah were killed in the accident.
“I got to the ER and when I asked for Abby, they pointed me at the choir room, which I know where they give you the bad news,” Brandy Muertz, Abby’s sister, said. “When my dad opened the door I could hear my mom screaming.”
Out of her pain, Brandy created a Facebook page to honor her sister. The page aimed to get people to help others the way Abby did.
The page, titled “Abby & Hannah’s Random Act of Kindness,” encouraged people to do something nice for someone else on the one month anniversary of Abby and Hannah’s death.
People from all over the world joined the group and participated on Feb. 10.
Chris and Tammy Rahn, who own an auto repair shop in Waterloo, gave everyone with an appointment a free oil change on the day.
“Some were shocked, some were confused, but they all promised to pay it forward,” Tammy Rahn said.
Which is exactly what Brandy said Abby would have wanted.
Brandy says people started doing the random acts of kindness even before the 10th. She says she plans to keep the Facebook page going so the kindness will continue.
Click here to view “Abby & Hannah’s Random Act of Kindness” Facebook page.