Wright Words: Legacy of Phoenix boy inspires second annual ‘Errands for Ethan’ day

Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Perhaps most impressive about "Errands for Ethan" is the family’s humble belief that they’re not extraordinary or any more special than any other family that’s lost a child. Kim describes themselves as just ordinary people with an ordinary child who suddenly left this life.

What makes their ordinary experience extraordinary, she believes, is the outpouring of love and comfort. “We want others to feel loved as much as we did in those days, weeks and months right after losing our son.”

And what better way to make others feel loved than to serve them?

With March 26 and "Errands for Ethan" day approaching, the Ellsworth’s invite everyone to perform an act of kindness in his memory, or in the memory of your own loved ones. And when March 27 arrives, perhaps our random acts of service will gather into a tidal wave that doesn’t care what the calendar says.

Because everyone needs to know what love feels like.

For more information about "Errands for Ethan," visit errandsforethan.org or click here to RSVP for the "Errands for Ethan" Facebook event.

Jason F. Wright is a New York Times best-selling author of 10 books, including "Christmas Jars," "The Wednesday Letters," and "The 96th Annual Apple Valley Barn Dance." He can be reached at jwright@deseretnews.com or jasonfwright.com.

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