BRYCE LASPISA – MISSING 1 YEAR – HELP US HONOR BRYCE!
BRYCE LASPISA – MISSING 1 YEAR – HELP US HONOR BRYCE
August 31st will be the 1 year anniversary of the disappearance of Bryce Laspisa. A year ago when this nightmare began, we never imagined it would continue this long. Surely Bryce would come home, surely we could find him. As the days, then weeks, then months passed, the search continued and the pain of missing Bryce of those who love him dearly only heightened. The pain never lessened, never gave way, instead Bryce’s loved ones have learnt how to live each day with the pain, they have learnt how to hold onto hope each and every day that today will be the day Bryce comes home.
Throughout this year, many of you have stood strong in your unwavering support of Bryce, his parents, Karen and Mike, and his loved ones. You have shared your tears and comfort and you have ensured that the name Bryce Laspisa was not forgotten. You have reached out to strangers in need, strangers who quickly became friends and a part of our family. You have gotten to know the Laspisas, and the people that they truly are. You know of the great character and deep love with which they maintain their family. You have seen their kind and generous hearts, their gratitude and their strength. You have grown to love them and to share their determination to bring their son home.
There are so many of you that have done so much, to start thanking everyone individually would take days, but we want each and every one of you to know that your support, your love, your dedication, your work spreading fliers, watching for that sweet face in the crowd, is appreciated more than words can say. You have helped to keep the Laspisas and their family and friends strong, you have continued to fuel their hope.
It has been a year, and while Bryce may not be home yet, I know that every day we all, YOU all, will continue to search, to reach out, to share Bryce’s story and not allow this wonderful young man and his family to be forgotten. So while we need to take time to mourn the moments we have lost with Bryce, we also need to stand tall, draw strength and send our love and prayers to Bryce – send him the message – WE ARE COMING.
In honor of Bryce, Karen and Mike are asking everyone to take an unique approach to acknowledge the one year anniversary of Bryce’s disappearance and to rekindle the intensity and urgency to find him, to bring him home. We are asking that each of you over the next few weeks, commit one random act of kindness in honor of Bryce. The gesture cannot be too small when it is done with love and kindness. Karen and Mike would like Bryce to be celebrated with the love and kindness that is what makes Bryce who he is. I cannot think of any better way to keep Bryce in our thoughts and our homes. So, here are some suggestions, just to help you get on your way!
- Bring art supplies to your local schools.
- Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
- Put coins in an expired meter.
- Donate clothing to your favorite charities.
- Surprise a well behaved child with a toy. (This happened to me when the boys were 5, 3 and 2. We were eating at a fast food restaurant and the boys and I were talking to each other as we always do. A couple sitting next to us was listening in. The man left and when he returned he had three little wooden cars he had made. He asked me if he could give them to the boys, I of course said yes. He gave the boys the cars and told them they were wonderful little gentlemen and he was very proud of how well they articulated themselves and how well they listened to me. He explained to them that he made these toys and kept them in his trunk to give to special children when they are being wonderful. The woman came over and gave me a hug and told me I was doing a wonderful job at raising three incredible little boys. The boys were so excited, I think they gave the couple like 10 hugs before they could get away! As for me, I packed the boys into the car and started the drive home. 10 minutes in the boys had fallen asleep and I pulled over and sobbed. I will never forget the way that couple made me feel in that moment. As a new single Mom struggling with adjusting, I was so grateful and touched. I wish I knew their names so that I could tell them today what they have done to help me through life. Such a small moment for them, one they have probably forgotten, but it was a life changing moment for me.)
- Offer to take a friend without a vehicle around town to run errands.
- Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, commending their employee for the wonderful service and hard work you received from them.
- Help an elderly person or a parent with a small child put their groceries in their car.
- Donate your hair to Locks for Love or a similar charity. (I just donated 12 inches! It felt great and was worth the trouble of letting it get so long!)
- Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in the drive thru.
- Hand out peanut butter sandwiches and other care items to the homeless.
- Volunteer at your local food bank.
- Donate blood. (As someone whose life was saved by others through blood transfusions, I can tell you first hand that donating your blood is a gift with no comparison. Those that you help will forever hold you in their hearts – I know I do.)
- Bake cookies for your neighbor.
- Volunteer to walk a dog at an animal shelter.
- Bring toys to your local children’s hospital – share the experience with your children and have them donate a toy to a sick child!
- Welcome the new student at your school, make them smile.
- Compliment the parents of a child who is being well behaved in public. (When the boys were 3, 1 and 2 months old I was out shopping at WalMart, as I was getting everyone set in the cart, my three year old and I were having a conversation about what he needs to do to get a treat. An older lady was watching the entire thing and came over, told me I have wonderful children and that I am a great Mom to take the time to get on their level and talk to them. It made my month, and Cameron couldn’t wipe the smile from his face all day!)
- Thank a police officer for their service.
- Bring flowers to a veterans’ memorial.
- Give a bottle of water to a bus driver.
- Let someone merge into your lane.
- Leave change at a vending machine to treat another to a drink and/or snack.
Please share more ideas that you may have, we will continue to share ideas throughout the next two weeks as well – let’s spread love and kindness in honor of Bryce. I have seen some who use business cards to leave a note with a Random Act of Kindness, so here is a template of cards you can easily print and attach to change, give to the drive thru employee to hand to the person behind you whose meal you just paid for etc, that will explain that this has been done in Bryce’s name. You don’t need to use them, they are just here if you would like to. J
So let’s start spreading love, the love Bryce brings to those that know him! Please share your stories of the love you have spread in Bryce’s honor. Email them to LightingTheirWayHome@hotmail.com and we will post them for everyone to share, and more importantly for the Laspisas to feel your love, and their sons love, spreading around the world like wildfire. We will use the kindness and the selflessness that we see in each other to keep hope alive, to speak Bryce’s name with pride, and to light his way home.