On Sept. 21, 2012, the Travis Manion Foundation closed its offices to honor the anniversary of LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney’s death. Brendan was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Amy Looney, who runs our San Diego office, wrote a beautiful column for the San Diego Union Tribune, challenging every American to perform ten random acts of kindness by the end of the year, continuing the legacy of heroes like her late husband. We received this note from Erica Taphorn Cook on Facebook on Dec. 18, 2012.
I wanted to share this brief story with you. I don’t know Travis or Brendan, but learned through Lt Seal Looney’s story they knew each other. And I hope you let Looney’s wife know someone is taking her acts of kindness seriously.
So the other day Matt (mt husband) and I were shopping in Target in Upper Providence, PA, when we went down the bread aisle we paused for a moment and talked about whether or not we needed any. He said no and started to walk away, but something on the shelf caught my eye, it was a piece of paper. I picked it up and started to read I couldn’t believe what I was reading, it was a $50 gift certificate, with a note stating this was a random act of kindness done in memory of LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney.
Yes, I thought about putting it back down and walking away, yes, I also thought about keeping it and using it to buy the Christmas gifts in my cart. I took it and walked over to Matt I said, “look what I found.”
He started to read the note and I said to him I don’t know what to do with it. He said “well go put it back,” and I said “well I don’t want someone to take it who truly doesn’t need it.” So Matt said put it somewhere in the store where you know some is only going to buy an item that they truly need, which is why that person put it in the bread aisle.
Then I remember every Christmas my family and I adopt a family in need and give them a Christmas, so I called my cousin Beth who was in charge of the collecting the gifts for the family, there was no answer at their house so I left a message. She called me back later that night to say her husband could still get it to the family if I could drop it off to them. So that is what I am doing, I did not need the card but I know a family who could really use it. I am also keeping it attached to the note so the family can see where it came from and who it was in honor of.
I Googled LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney. I wanted to know who he was, the first thing I noticed was he died on my brothers birthday, Sept. 21, 2010… So thank you LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney for your service and sacrifice. This random act of kindness in your memory was put to a good cause.