Friends near and far honor memory of Corinth shooting victim and deceased daughter

January 16, 2019 06:25 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - They were approaching complete strangers on Broadway at around lunchtime on Wednesday -- and they weren't selling anything.

"We're spreading random acts of kindness today in memory of our friend, Ashley, and her daughter, Vivienne, who tragically passed away," Mary Wilson told a stranger.


Wilson, and her sister, Alice Corey, both perform random kind acts on today's date, January 16, for a good reason.

This was the day six years ago when Vivienne Rosenbrock died from an infection.

She was a beautiful 18-month old whose sudden death inspired her parents to create a movement. Instead of mourning on this day every year, they celebrated their little angel by helping others.

The Rosenbrocks started a Facebook page and soon thousands of people from all over the world were doing nice things for people they'd never met.

"She hit 50 states and several countries," said Corey about her deceased friend. "People do all kinds of things -- buy coffee for someone behind them. Hand out a random lottery ticket."

The backbone of Vivienne's Random Acts of Kindness was Vivienne's mother, Ashley.

Ashley's life ended tragically in November, accidentally shot inside her Corinth home by her husband, who was cleaning his gun.

"It was like not believable. It's still not believable," said Wilson.

However, friends and family are inspired to carry on the random acts to preserve the legacy, not just of a loving little girl, but her adoring mom too.

And on this day, as they brought mugs and warm underwear to the homeless shelter, and handed out lottery tickets to strangers, the snow began falling.

According to her friend's, Ashley always believed that falling snowflakes were kisses from Vivienne in heaven.

"Ashley always thought it was Vivienne, her presence, and we're doing this today and it just started flurrying, and I do think it's a sign that she's here and she's watching and she knows we're doing it," said Wilson as a tear streamed down her cheek.

"This is so important. It's us showing her that we love her and we miss her and we're not ever going to let anyone forget about her."

Those who post about the random acts are encouraged to use #VivienneRAOK.


Mark Mulholland

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