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Inspired By Her Mother, She Road-Trips Across The Country To Gather Stories Of Kindness

Mary Latham is road-tripping across the country to find stories about kindness (Courtesy Mary Latham)
Mary Latham is road-tripping across the country to find stories about kindness (Courtesy Mary Latham)

Mary Latham, a 31-year-old photographer from New York, has been on the road for the better part of the last two years. She's constantly in and out of strangers' homes who are kind enough to offer her a place to sleep. This is part of her mission, called More Good. She's traveling across all 50 states to gather stories of kindness.

Listen to the full episode here (Mary Latham's story starts at 9:37):

Mary's idea originated as a way to cope with tragedy. After the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., she was looking for a way to restore her faith in humanity. She spoke to her mother about the agony she was feeling. Nothing was going to take away the pain of what happened on that day. Still, Mary's mother had some words of wisdom: "There will always be more good out there, you just have to look for it."

In 2013, Mary had to deal with a personal tragedy when her mother died of cancer. That's when she decided that she would travel across the country in her mother's honor, remembering her words as she crosses each state off of her list.

Guest

  • Mary Latham is a photographer from NYC. You can follow her on her trip on her Facebook page.

Andrea Asuaje Twitter Reporter/Producer, Kind World
Andrea Asuaje is a reporter and producer in WBUR’s iLab, where she makes Kind World. She is honored to share these emotional and impactful stories of hope, love and compassion with the WBUR audience.

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