A survivor of the Las Vegas massacre is on a mission to perform 58 random acts of kindness to keep the memory of the victims alive and spread positivity in the face of senseless violence.
One of those acts took place in Azusa on Wednesday, when a local police officer who stopped at a Starbucks was on the receiving end.
With his morning cup of coffee, Lt. Mike Bertelsen was handed a gift card wrapped in a note: “I am a survivor of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. You are my fourth of 58 acts of kindness in remembrance of Jordyn N. Rivera (age 21), one of our 58 brothers and sisters killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017.”
Rivera was a college student from La Verne, in her fourth year at Cal State San Bernardino.
It turns out, an unidentified woman had dropped the card off with a Starbucks employee with the simple instructions, "Give this to someone nice," according to Officer Mike Bires with the Azusa Police Department.
“The officer was touched and he brought it back to me at the police department, and I had chills,” Bires told KTLA.
In response to the act of kindness, the Azusa Police Department posted a "thank you" video to its Facebook page on Wednesday that has since gone viral. By Friday morning, the video had been shared nearly 10,000 times.
“We never knew you, Jordyn N. Rivera," the clip states. "For today in a small community near your hometown of La Verne, California, your name is in the minds and hearts of people who wished they had known you.”
The kind acts are part of a nationwide movement that some affected by the shooting are using to cope with the loss and trauma. To Bires, it seems like the best way to rebuild following such a massive tragedy.
“Sometimes, quite honestly, some of us lose hope," he said. "When an act of kindness like this happens, and we see more and more of them happening after tragic incidents, I really think it does bring back the aspect. We do have hope; we are a good society; there are good people out there.