Man Assembles Self-Care Packages and Donates Them to 118 Animal Shelter Workers

Man Pleads to Complete 30 Acts of Kindness Before Turning 30 Years Old

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Turning 30 can be daunting. Adulthood has fully kicked in, and societal pressures increase. This particular feeling of dread is echoed in pop culture, informing pieces like Bo Burnham's Inside or the musical film Tick, Tick… Boom! Instead of dwelling on this sentiment, Bryan Tsiliacos, a man from the Bay Area, decided to celebrate this milestone birthday by completing 30 acts of kindness before he turns 30 in February 2023.

After his 29th birthday, the anxiety began to creep in, so he tried to find an uplifting approach. “I pulled out a sheet of paper and started to write down all the things that I was grateful for,” Tsiliacos told ABC7 News. “And at that moment, I realized that every wonderful thing that has happened to me was thanks to the support and generosity of others.”

This inspired him to start the 30 acts by 30 challenge, which hopes to support essential workers across a wide range of fields. His first act was making 400 flan desserts for firefighters in San Jose, who were ultimately delighted by his creations. Hoping to take his paying-it-forward endeavor further, he asked principals from schools in the Oakland area for a supply wishlist to help teachers. Using his charisma to get companies to chime in, he was able to donate $12,000 worth of goods, featuring paper, markers, disinfecting wipes, among other things.

His latest endeavor put the spotlight on animal shelter workers, to whom he wanted to give care packages. In the end, he handed out 118 bundles around San Francisco. “Nothing like this has happened in the four years that I’ve been here so it is really nice to see,” Riley Smith, an SFSPCA Animal Trainer, told KRON4. After learning shelter workers are five times more likely to develop PTSD, he knew a token of appreciation would go a long way.

Although he has been able to carry on with his mission with both donations from private entities and his own savings, his next endeavors could use an extra boost, so he launched a GoFundMe campaign. “I realized that I could have a more significant impact by including others in this journey,” he admits. “As they say, ‘if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.'”

Despite the origin of his project, he's not in a rush to finish. “I'm going to complete my goal no matter how long it takes,” he told People, after announcing that he is aware that the acts themselves are more important than doing it before his self-imposed deadline.

If you want to support Tsiliacos' mission, you can donate to his GoFundMe. You can also stay up to date with his acts of kindness by following him on Instagram.

29-year-old Bryan Tsiliacos decided to celebrate his upcoming milestone birthday by completing 30 acts of kindness for essential workers before he turns 30 in February 2023. He started by making 400 desserts for firefighters.

Later, he donated supplies to schools in the Oakland area.

His most recent act was distributing care packages for animal shelter workers in San Francisco.

If you want to support his endeavors, you can donate to his GoFundMe campaign.

30 Acts by 30: Instagram
h/t: [ABC7 News]

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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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