They just turned 10, and you can beat these twins have a list and are checking it twice.
Only, this list is not about Josh and Connor Hansen because their birthday is more about the give than the take.
For the milestone date, the Brentwood pair decided to celebrate their Nov. 18 birthday with 10 random acts of kindness.
Their selfless scavenger hunt in the weeks to follow includes making lunches for the homeless, visiting a senior center, buying someone's groceries, working in a soup kitchen, paying for someone in line behind them, doing yard work for an elderly or disabled person, carrying people's groceries to their cars, writing thank-you letters to military personnel, and taking cookies to several fire stations and police departments.
Also, on the list: Giving toys to the Christmas Angel Project. In lieu of birthday gifts, friends were asked to bring a toy to add to the goodie pile.
"We (had) a lot of fun planning out the activities," said mom Nikki L. Daoust-Hansen. "We are really proud of their giving hearts."
As if that list wasn't enough, the Pioneer Elementary fifth-graders are also hitting the neighborhood for Coins for Christmas.
Daoust-Hansen said as a family they pray for those less fortunate, and decided that this year "we would do something more." The twins plan to continue checking off their kindness list until the end of the year.
Of the completed assignments, the most fun was buying drinks for people "behind us in Starbucks," she said. "We then hid to watch their reactions. It was nice to see their smiles."
The twins gave the cashier notes explaining their project and asked the people to "pay it forward by being kind to someone else in the next day or two.
"We are trying to start a kindness revolution," she said, partially joking, although they'd all be happy with that result.
The boys are particularly excited about doling out the toys. "They like to think about the kids getting toys when they would not get anything otherwise."
One of the biggest challenges has been connecting to a senior center and finding the time to get there.
This isn't the first time the Brentwood boys have turned their birthday into a big give. When they turned 8, they requested books and toys for the Christmas Angel program. Then, they took their allowance and did some fundraising to add to gift-giving spirit.
"They have such kind hearts," said their proud mom. "I feel blessed to be a mom to boys who care about others and then take the steps to make their world better. If I can help them realize their goals in any way, I (am) more than happy to help them." The family will be dropping off toys to Golden Hills Community Church about Dec. 15, and may need help with delivery. For anyone wanting to assist the Hansen boys with their kindness list, call 925-437-5538.
Reach Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.net.