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Blogger hopes to take #makejensday to the next level

An Edmonton blogger who asked people to give back to their community for her birthday is overwhelmed by the response, and hopes to keep the movement going.

On July 18, Jennifer Banks wrote a blog post asking followers to give back to their communities for her birthday on July 22. She spread the word via Twitter with the hashtag #makejensday.

Since the blog post, about 100 people have done some act of kindness or given to charity.

“Every single one is making me cry now. I had no idea it would be this many,” Banks said.

“I am mostly overwhelmed with people's generosity and kindness. People did everything from weeding their elderly neighbours' lawns, to bringing pies to extended care facilities, to visiting people in the hospital that haven't gotten visitors, to huge donations to local charities and women's shelters. Even kids got involved,” Banks explained.

She told Metro last week that as a child, she was the recipient of kindness and donations, so it was time for her to help give back.

She hopes to create #makejensday into a more permanent movement.

“I bought the domain and my dream is to have a website where people who give, receive small acts of kindness and charity can write about how these small things can make such a huge impact on people's lives. I am really looking forward to bringing this to the next level.”

- with files from Heather McIntyre

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