East Lansing community spreading love & kindness

Posted at 8:16 AM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 08:16:56-05

On a day of love members of a Lansing community are using the day to remember a love lost. Two East Lansing High School students died in the span of a few short weeks.

"She stood up for people that otherwise might not have anybody that stood up for them," said Heather Zaban.

Zaban's daughter Sydney died on January 13th. Zaban says she knows that during the time her daughter was here, she touched many lives.

"Very supportive even to me as her mother, she'd ask me if something was wrong or bothering me", said Zaban.
"She'd ask mom what's wrong."

The community came together to grant Syndey's final wishes.

"She wanted to make 2,000 people smile and she wanted to help 20 people. So we're trying to carry out her goals" Zaban said.

Carrying out those wishes and wearing it to remember who they're doing everything for.

"For Sydney's sake, be nice be kind," said Paula Caltrider. "Share love and kindness with everyone you meet."

As soon as people entered the Charlar Place in Holt, they were given a Valentine's card and was told to spread that kindness.

"It's important for kids to be advocates for each other because that's kind of when it starts it's how the children are treating each other" said Caltrider.

Caltrider organized the event after Sydney died. When she started planning everything she was surprised by the amount of support show to her.

"Going around town with a flyer trying to get donations" Caltrider said. "I've had an out pour of like people just coming up to me and saying you know what Paula, I knew Sydney."

Caltrider organized a silent auction, bake sale, and raffles to help the family with the medical bills and funeral costs.

A community coming together to heal.