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January 11, 2014

Couple winds down good deeds road trip

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City couple is ready to head home after racking up more than 9,500 miles and 42 good deeds during a two-month “Random Acts of Kindness Road Trip.”

So far the cross-country trip has taken Meaghan Jameson, 24, and her boyfriend Dan Kenny, 26, through 17 states, where they volunteered with local organizations and sought out people to help with money raised on a crowdfunding site.

By Monday they’d spent $4,944.56 of the $6,165 raised on GoFundMe for “random acts of kindness,” according to their website, www.rakroadtrip.com.

The couple was in Miami and planned to perform good deeds there before heading back to Traverse City by way of the east coast.

“We’re doing books and board games for a youth group in Miami and we have a couple things planned for a couple military groups on the way home,” Jameson said. “We maybe have money to do 10 to 15 more. We have no real strict timeline, but we’ll probably be home by the end of the month.”

The couple kicked off the trip Nov. 5 in their hometown by giving blood and delivering flowers and handmade cards to patients at Munson Medical Center. They said the adventure was a way to see the country while spreading cheer in the communities where they stopped.

Among their donations: $150 for flood relief in Colorado, gift cards for groceries and theme park admission for three single moms and their kids in Florida, and books and clothing for sisters being raised by their grandparents on Social Security income in Idaho.

In Kansas, the couple donated ID badges, jackets, toys and treats for four rescue dogs who provide therapy for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the dogs lost a leg and a second foot when the children of its original owner dangled it over a fence for another dog to attack.

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