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Best Road Trip

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Tyler Kellogg calls himself a chronic do-gooder, and what he did last summer is proof. After scraping together $2,000 and retrofitting his car with a sleeping space, the 21-year old college student hit the road. His goal: to bestow random acts of kindness on 100 strangers.

He drove 1,600 miles, from his parents’ house in Adams Center, New York, to the Florida Keys, then back again.

“The first person I helped was a guy installing a boat lift on a lake in Oneida, New York,” Kellogg recalls.

“I was shaking when I asked if he needed a hand.”

What if he thought Kellogg was crazy?

“When he said, ‘Can you help me get this lift into the water?’ I knew everything was going to be fine.”

He helped a cop fix a downed barricade in Washington, D.C., and spread countless cubic yards of mulch in Maryland and North Carolina. And somewhere outside Atlanta, he met a man who was crying because his wife had recently died and he had no one to talk to.

“For three hours we sat on his porch,” Kellogg says.

“When I left, he said, ‘Thank you. I realize now that my life will go on.’”

In 55 days, Kellogg assisted 115 strangers and made an exhilarating realization:

“You don’t have to be a billionaire to be a philanthropist,” he says.

“You just have to ask people, ‘How can I help?’”

~ from the Reader’s Digest June/July 2010 issue


Written by MattAndJojang

May 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

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  1. Decency. Kindness. Keen observation. Responding to peoples’ real needs, rather than the needs we imagine them to have.

    That’s the world I want to live in, the world Kellogg experienced, and the world we all can have even without leaving home!


    May 10, 2011 at 5:34 am

  2. We need more people like him.

    What he did is a reminder to our narcissistic society that that there is more to life than satisfying our self-centered desires. If we will only learn to be a little less concerned about ourselves, and learn to think of others and respond to their needs, then our world would be a better place to live in.

    May his tribe increase!



    May 10, 2011 at 9:40 am

  3. Nice Blog
    You definitely got amazing i wish to go for a road trip like that..

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    October 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  4. Actually, it was my wife, Jojang, who reposted this from the Reader’s Digest. I wish, too, like Tyler Kellogg (the article was about him) to be able to go to a road trip similar to his…



    October 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

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