A Connecticut teen’s legacy is being kept alive through acts of kindness by others.
Rebecca Draper Townsend, of Brookfield, was 17 when she died on July 2 after she was hit by a car while crossing the street after watching fireworks.
A Facebook page called “Remembering Rebecca” was started by her family, as a way for people to share a memory or document ways they have kept her spirit alive, “by showing kindness to others.”
“Rebecca was passionate about service work and charities, constantly working to better the lives of others,” the Facebook page said.
According to the Facebook page, Rebecca’s sisters and cousins were sitting in her bedroom thinking about their favorite memories when they saw a note on her bed.
It appeared to be a class assignment, and was a note written by the current Rebecca, addressed to “future Rebecca.”
“Apparently, this was a high school assignment that was returned to the kids at the end of their senior year so that the students could remember who they were at the beginning of their high school days,” the Facebook page says.
In the letter, Rebecca shared her bucket list, which had three items on it: Kiss in the rain, Fly to Spain, Save a life.
According to her sister’s eulogy, Rebecca flew to Spain with her parents and she had kissed her boyfriend in the rain.
The eulogy also thanks “Ben” for letting Rebecca save a life.
Rebecca was with her friend Benjamin Arne at the time of the crash. He was critically injured but survived.
A BuzzFeed article said Ben visited Rebecca’s family after the crash and he said he remembers Rebecca pushing him and telling him to “hurry up.”
Rebecca was accepted into Notre Dame and was expected to attend in the fall.
To check out the Facebook page, click here.
Rebecca’s family has asked people to share their acts of kindness by using the hashtag #RememberingRebecca.
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