CEDARBURG — Rather than getting presents for her 45th birthday, a Cedarburg woman is committed to doing 45 acts of kindness instead.
Each week 44-year-old Shannon Schultz does one act of kindness and posts it on her blog, Kindness Countdown.
"There's just always people who need more," Schultz said.
She is nearing the end of her journey. Her birthday is in June, and she is on week 38 of 45.
Before a 44-year-old Cedarburg woman turns 45, she is committed to doing 45 acts of kindness. She's currently on number 37 and has just about a month before her birthday.— James Groh (@JamesGroh_) May 4, 2020
This isn't the first time she has done something like this either. pic.twitter.com/ZbLFVesIkI
Schultz has a done a lot of different kinds of good deeds. Recently many of them have been to help healthcare workers and other front-line fighters of the coronavirus. She has donated personal protective equipment, food, and care packages to neighbors.
In the winter, she dug out fire hydrants so firefighters could find them more easily.
"My kids and I loaded up the van with some shovels, and we went around two and just dug out as many fire hydrants as we could."
The list goes on and on. She has done 37 good deeds so far. Her message is that anyone can do something kind for someone else. Good deeds come in different forms. In fact, once Schultz took in a lame chicken, meaning it couldn't lay eggs anymore, from a chicken farmer. However, it can also be as simple as donating blood.
"Holding doors open for people and smiling and complimenting on shoes or shirt, all those things can really change somebody's day," she said.
What's more, this isn't the first time she has done this weekly good deed challenge. As a 39-year-old she did 40 acts of kindness for her 40th birthday.
"I just don’t know really any other way to be," she said.
Schultz plans on doing this again.
"I'll probably do it (at) 50 or 52. I'm not sure which one yet. A whole year would be cool."
You can follow her journey at Kindness Countdown.