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Dr. Joyce Recognizes Somerset County Family’s Random Acts of Kindness

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John Joyce M.D. (PA-13) thanked the family of Trevor Thomas for the random acts of kindness they have generated following the tragic loss of their son in 2019 in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Together, the people of Somerset County are working to keep Trevor’s memory alive through their acts of service for one another,” said Congressman Joyce.

Since Trevor’s death, the Thomas family has distributed pocket sized cards to people in the Somerset community, urging them to preform small acts of kindness for strangers in memory of their late son.

The Thomas family’s story was recently highlighted in an article from the Washington Post.

Watch Congressman Joyce’s speech here.  A full transcript of his remarks can be found below.


I rise today to recognize the Thomas family of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, who tragically lost their son Trevor, a student athlete who played baseball at Allegany College of Maryland and Penn State Fayetteat.

In the face of that loss, the Thomas family has responded with love and compassion for their community.

In honor of their son’s commitment to serving others the Thomas family printed small cards that encouraged their neighbors to help others through acts of kindness.

Those cards have inspired incredible gestures of generosity in our community.

The acts of kindness were wide ranging. From preparing care packages for the homeless, to donating blood, to handing out donuts, and even delivering flowers to strangers, members of the community looked to see what they could do to help one another.

Together, the people of Somerset County are working to keep Trevor’s memory alive through their acts of service for one another.

On each card the family has distributed, is a simple mantra that defined the way that Trevor lived his life.

It is a mantra we should all aspire to - “Be somebody, who makes everybody, feel like somebody.”

Thank you, and I yield.


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