Family and friends of Hollie Gonsoulin, the sixteen year old D'Iberville student that passed away unexpectedly this past April, are remembering her by spreading acts of kindness. Friends and family of Gonsoulin say she was a generous soul, who never met a stranger.
Gonsoulin unexpectedly passed away in April from a brain aneurism, but her memory is being kept alive by a pay it forward program her mother started called “Holliedays.” Tina Gonsoulin, Hollie’s mother, says, "Some of my friends said we're gonna’ do scholarships and do this for her to keep me busy, and I said, ‘Well you know, I need something, you know, not once a year. I need something to keep me busy every day.’"
Tina came up with little cards to distribute around the area to create a chain reaction of kindness in honor of her daughter. Tina also says, "You just do something nice for someone and hand them a card and ask them to do the same for someone. Just ask them to do something nice and hand her card off and keep her memory going. Keep it alive."
In just over a month, Hollieday cards have spread to 12 states and six countries. Hollie's best friend, Lacey Cleland, says the stories of how the cards are used make the pain of her death a little more bearable. Cleland says, "Seeing all the things that people do on post on Facebook, about how they pay for someone's lunch or help someone with their groceries, Hollie would be so thrilled to see all that, so happy cause she was such a giving person."
You can go to firstname.lastname@example.org and read through hundreds of inspirational stories sprung from a community's unfortunate loss. Bridget Stribling, Hollie’s boyfriend’s mother, says, "It’s benefiting so many people, because there is so much negativity in the world, and to bring the positive in remembering Hollie's name just makes it even more amazing."
To get in touch with the Gonsoulins or to request cards, you can message them on the Facebook page and they will send you Hollieday cards free of charge. The Gonsoulins would like to thank the Office Depot of D'Iberville for making the cards.