South San Francisco, California – Turning 30 is a milestone, but it can also be frightening. Instead of a crisis when Tsiliakos turned 29, he decided to turn his fears into something good.
“I pulled out a piece of paper and started writing down all the things I was grateful for,” Tsiliakos said. “And in that moment, I realized that everything wonderful that happened to me was thanks to the support and generosity of others.”
To push it forward, Tsiliakos made it his mission to complete 30 acts of kindness before turning 30 next year. Thus, the 30 Actions in 30 Challenge was born.
After making more than 400 candy for San Jose firefighters on his first job, Tsiliakos requested a specific supply wish list from Oakland principals to best help their teachers with his second sweet act.
To learn about the essential work of educators, donate 150 toolkits to Auckland prep schools. Paper, markers, and disinfecting wipes, about $12,000 in supplies were donated by 18 corporate sponsors across the country.
Maya Taylor, Principal of Westlake Middle School in Auckland, put it this way: “Acts of kindness like this let us know we are not invisible, and that there are people out there who truly care about our community.”
This good deed will not be his last.
“Just seeing their reactions is the reason I’m doing it,” Tsiliakos said. “The goal here is to put a smile on their face and inspire others to give back in their own way.”
Tsiliakos has documented his acts of kindness on social media. He hopes others will see them and inspire them to return the favor, too. Follow @30actsby30 On Instagram for updates on Bryan’s journey.
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