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Thank you KIND Snacks!

Date June 12, 2018

We are so excited to announce that we have won the Grand Prize from KIND Snacks #Morekind “Nice” Vs. Kind video contest! Watch the video to see what we plan to do with the winnings – and the wonderful surprise we got from KIND Snacks founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky. We can’t thank KIND snacks enough for helping us ensure that Rees’ legacy will continue to cultivate kindness and teach water safety for many years to come.

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Lessons for Life

Date May 14, 2018

Our son Richard Edwin-Ehmer Specht (Rees) drowned in 18 inches of water.  A simple miscommunication between my friend and I meant that one of the most crucial layers of protection from drowning had broken down.  Had Rees started swim lessons as an infant (like his younger sister, Melina has) he would probably be here today.  Nothing can bring our son back, but our joint effort with End Drowning Now and Saf-T-Swim swim schools is trying to make sure that we don’t lose any more children to drowning.  Help us teach children to ReesSpecht the Water.  Drowning remains the number one cause of accidental death of children aged 1-4.  Help us change that number to 0!

For more information go to www.EndDrowningNow.org and www.Saf-T-Swim.com

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500,001 Kindness Cards and counting…

Date February 20, 2018

Five years ago today we did our first of 500 random acts of kindness in Rees’ name. We just wanted to pay back the kindness of those that helped us through the darkest moment of our lives. Armed with the card pictured to the left, I took my two daughters to our local Dunkin’ Donuts and simply paid for the car behind me – leaving the card (and our story on the back) to hopefully remind that person that kindness makes a difference.  I honestly figured that it was simply the first of 499 more acts left to go.  My family and I could have never imagined what happened next…

Watch the following video as my daughters and I head back to that very same Dunkin’ Donuts – exactly five years to the day, to leave the 500,001st ReesSpecht Life “Pay it Forward” card…

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