Speaker Spreads Kindness to Independence School with Surprise Gift

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An Independence school was surprised with a special gift Wednesday. The gift came from a complete stranger… Leon Logothetis, who is traveling the country speaking about a unique journey he recently took around the world.

Over six months, Logothetis made his way from the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia and Vietnam and back to LA by asking strangers for shelter, food and gas.

He says the generosity of humans won him over again and again.

Logothetis is now on his nationwide “Giving Back” Tour, talking to people about the kindness experienced on his life-changing trip and the book he wrote about it all, “The Kindness Diaries”. And giving back and sharing kindness is exactly what he did when he visited St. John’s Elementary in Independence Wednesday morning. After giving a presentation to the students, Logothetis surprised the school with a brand new piano (paying for that nearly three-thousand dollar piano out of his own pocket). Shelly Reck, who teaches music at St. John’s, was completely shocked by his generosity.

Jeff Lenhart says that’s the kind of person Logothetis is. Lenhart, a Manchester native who now lives in Dubuque, has been spreading kindness of his own over the last couple years. He connected with Logothetis earlier this year after the two realized they shared the same passion, and he’s been traveling with Logothetis on his “Giving Back” Tour since last month.

Logothetis will be bringing his “Giving Back” Tour to Manchester on Thursday, where he’ll be speaking to students at West Delaware High School. If you’d like to check out his book “The Kindness Diaries”, you can find it on Amazon and in most bookstores. And tune in to KMCH Thursday morning at 8:10 when Logothetis will be our “Guest of the Day”. (Photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)