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Wisconsin boy's death sparks random acts of kindness

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The death of a 9-year-old boy from Grant County, Wis., has sparked a ripple of acts of kindness all across the world.

Derek Lendosky of Fennimore, Wisconsin died last weekend after falling underneath a large mower. The accidental death left family members grieving for a child taken too soon.

"I wanna be mad, I wanna cry, I wanna scream and holler and ask questions, but I can't," said Brandee Lendosky, Derek's mother. "He's just saying, 'Mommy, I'm OK, and you don't have to know anything.'"

Shortly after his unexpected death, Steve Lendosky, Derek's father received an unexpected surprise on Facebook from a former classmate.

"She said she felt compelled and wanted to do a random act of kindness for Derek," he said. "She made that comment on my Facebook page and she almost never did it -- she thought she would just do it quietly. But she posted it on there.

"Within hours it just snowballed into something wonderful," he added.

Now, people all over the world are doing random acts of kindness in honor of Derek. A Facebook group was even created in honor of the 9-year-old. The page has more than 7,000 likes.

"It's just the best tribute to a little boy who could have done so much, and he is able to do it now in a scale that we never could have imagined," Brandee Lendosky said.

"He's definitely making his mark. He is changing people's lives. We have been told that it's bringing some families closer together," Steve Lendosky said.

One Dubuque man has taken a pledge in honor of Derek Lendosky: Jeff Lenhart is performing 29 random acts of kindness for the next 29 days in honor of Derek.

Lenhart says he was planning on doing the days of kindness for his 29th birthday, but decided to dedicate the days to Derek instead.

"Last Monday, I heard about the accident of Derek, and so then I got thinking this week, maybe I should do it earlier," he said. "I had some coupons and gifts to some area businesses and I decided just to start it early."

On Friday night, MLB All-Star Jose Bautista paid it forward in honor of Derek. He dedicated his game Friday night to Derek after Bautista learned he was Lendosky's favorite player on the Toronto Blue Jays.

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