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Mississippi Strong: Jack Attacks

Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 at 6:14 PM CDT
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Source: WLBT
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MADISON, MS (WLBT) - I can't imagine how hard it is to lose a child. The Dunaway family in Madison lost 13 year-old Jack in August, two years ago. But the way he was remembered to the Dunaway's by his friends has now turned into a reminder for us to be nice.

"Jack was a wonderful boy. My mother said he was the kindest boy she ever knew, sweetest boy," said Nathan Dunaway, Jack's grandfather. "If she said go stick your head in the corner and spit out quarters he would have done it. He was just wonderful. He was kind hearted."

But now Jack Dunaway is gone, all too soon. At the time of his passing Nathan and his wife didn't have anything in mind of an organized nature as a memorial to Jack. But it sort of presented itself.

"After he passed away, that following week, several children came by the house. One girl said you don't know me but the first week I was at school I was a new student, Jack was the first one to be my friend," said Nathan Dunaway. "Another friend came and said, you don't know this but the first day of school a girl didn't have her lunch and Jack gave his lunch to her."

And on and on friends came with stories of the kind acts Jack had done for them. At the funeral Nathan had the chance to speak and extended a challenge to the students attending.

"And I just asked them to be kind to each other. Whether it was a fist bump or a handshake, a smile, whether it was a sandwich or whatever, to be friends with each other," added Nathan. "And do it the next day and the next day. Just kind of start a revolution of it."

Well, this doing-of-good-deeds took on a name: Jack Attack. "Jack Attack was his gaming name. Jack Attack is just doing a random act of kindness, doing something for somebody else that's not expected."

ANYONE can do a Jack Attack. There's no club to join, no meetings to attend. Just do something nice. And like the "Do A Jack Attack" Facebook page of you want to make it more official, and share stories.

"I read a story yesterday posted on our Facebook page about somebody who bought a cup of coffee for someone at a Starbucks," said Nathan. "And the difference it made in this woman's day that, she really needed that."

The Dunaway's have made t-shirts and armbands and Jack Attack stickers with an explanation attached about Jack Attacks. Get them from the Facebook page and make your good deeds official 'Jack Attacks.'  "So, anytime somebody does a Jack Attack that's kind of perpetuating his legacy."

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