Las Vegas Resident Mary Rendina was moved to start her initiative 58 Random Acts of Kindness in the wake of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. The mother of three had purchased gift cards in anticipation of meeting with first responders.
Her idea to start a movement of random acts of kindness to honor the 58 victims of the 1 October tragedy came from an experience she had on a flight the week following the shooting.
Rendina noticed a flight attendant was having a tough time, so she gave her one of the gift cards.
Since 2017, the movement has evolved into a Facebook group, #58RandomActsofKindness, encouraging participants to perform good deeds. Rendina said the group now has followers from all over the world.
“Participation is as easy as purchasing a card for someone or buying them dinner,” she said.
Now the marketing director for the Complete Association Management Co. (CAMCO) in Las Vegas, Rendina and her cause have garnered corporate sponsorship from the company.
Inspired by the movement, the company’s growing charitable efforts include support of the Rocio Guillen Foundation, with CAMCO raising more than $3,000 to sponsor children to participate in sports programs.
The Rocio Guillen Foundation honors 1 October victim Rocio Guillen by helping those less fortunate, including young athletes who otherwise would not have the financial means to participate in organized sports.
#58RandomActsofKindness is a grassroots kindness movement started in memory of the 58 lives lost in the 1 October shooting in Las Vegas. Founded by Las Vegas resident Mary Rendina, it encourages people to perform random good deeds and share them on social media.
Also known as the Just Breathe Foundation, the Rocio Guillen Foundation was formed in 2017 by Marcus and Christopher Guillen to honor their mother, Rocio Guillen, who was killed in the 1 October shooting. Her sons, now 18 and 14, turned to her mantra of “just breathe” and vowed to continue doing what she had always encouraged them to do: Help those less fortunate. For more information, visit thergfoundation.com.
The Complete Association Management Company (CAMCO) provides management services to community associations in Nevada, with offices in Las Vegas, Henderson, Carson City, Laughlin and Reno. For more information, visit camconevada.com or call 702-531-3382.