September is Rail Safety Month and people across the world are doing random acts of kindness in memory of a 17-year-old Lemont girl who died last year in a train accident.
All day, Lexi’s family and friends have watched their computers and phones and seen the random acts of kindness pour in. All being done in Lexi’s memory.
On this day last year, 17-year-old Lexi was killed while walking on the train tracks, wearing earbuds and listening to music.
Her mom decided to start the hashtag #RAKLexiTurner (Random Acts of Kindness) to create something positive out of a negative day.
“I literally have been dreading this day for a year,” said Lexi’s mother Amy. “If I didn’t do this, or if everyone didn’t help me put this together, I’d be sad crying all day.”
Lexi’s mom and her sister’s also did acts of kindess and posted them online.
Lexi’s mom hopes that as her hashtag spreads, more people will learn about Lexi’s story and be reminded to stay safe by the tracks.
“ I know that there are real dangers out there for people who aren’t paying attention,” she says. “Look and listen and be aware of your surroundings.”
Every day they miss Lexi. They have good days and bad days, but thanks to everyone’s online support, what could have been a horrible day has been heartwarming.
Again, September is Rail Safety Month nationwide. Here in Illinois, Rail Safety Week starts on the 11th.