Join Leigh Anne Eldridge’s family in honoring her legacy of love and compassion with a small, but intentional act of kindness on her birthday, Thursday, September 28th. Post the act to socials media using the hashtags #rememberleighanne and #sprinklekindnessday.

A simple act of kindness is certainly something we could use more of. For one family, it is how the legacy of their daughter is living on. 

On Thursday, September 28th, the city of Cookeville will celebrate the official (proclaimed by Mayor Porter and former Mayor Shelton) Sprinkle Kindness Day in honor of Leigh Anne Eldridge who in 2019, was killed in a car accident at 17-years-old.

On her birthday that year, her mother made a post on Facebook encouraging others to ‘sprinkle kindness like confetti’ in honor of her daughter. From there, the outpouring of support from her friends, family and strangers letting her know how they had honored Leigh Anne’s memory was so overwhelming that the annual event was born. 

Those that were lucky enough to know Leigh Anne, remember how truly compassionate she was. “She lived her life serving others,” said her mother Lisa. Through serving food to at risk children, identifying a need for child literacy and creating a ‘Kids Matter’ program, visiting with nursing home residents, and volunteering with her church, Leigh Anne sprinkled kindness everywhere she went. 

Lisa continued, “she helped with any need she saw anywhere, loving people without any prejudices of appearance, background or ability.”
Leigh Anne was also awarded the Spirit of FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Award and now each year, the group presents the Leigh Anne Eldridge Spirit of FCCLA Award to a student that embodies the same servant spirit, leadership, loyalty, enthusiasm, and commitment to FCCLA as Leigh Anne did.

So on Thursday, September 28th, go out and ‘sprinkle kindness like confetti’ in memory of Leigh Anne, her favorite saying, and her incredible memory.