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Clearwater’s inspiring 'Kindness Kid' giving nine gifts of generosity on his 9th birthday

Mark Effron’s birthday tradition is a Facebook hit
Posted: 1:35 AM, Sep 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-17 18:16:38-04
Mark Effron leaving quarters on candy machine

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Mark Effron is about to turn 9 years old.

But he does not want any gifts for his birthday.

Instead, he wants to give gifts. Nine of them, to be exact.

“Some people use up all their kindness and they become mean,” Mark says. “I think people should be nice to each other.”

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Mark is definitely nice. He’s been matching his birthday years with acts of kindness since he was four years old.

He’s given out $5 Publix gift cards inside Publix. He’s delivered flowers to senior centers and schools.

“We’re really big on manners and raising good humans,” says Mark's mother Julie.

She says her son took her idea and ran with it. Her yearly #MarksRandomActs updates on Facebook have drawn fans from all over.

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Mark’s official birthday is October 1. But nine years is a big number so he’s getting a head start.

He handed out donuts to law enforcement in downtown Safety Harbor. He also left free quarters on a candy machine at Westfield Countryside Mall.

Mark Effron leaving quarters on candy machine 2