A story in the July 20 issue about the Sanpete Kindness program had a number of factual errors.
The story said Kade Christiansen, son of Linda Christiansen, who is the organizer of Sanpete Kindness, had visual and hearing impairments. The story said also said Kade had autism.
Kade wore contacts but was not visually impaired. He had repeated ear infections that required tubing in his ears but was not hearing impaired. He did not have autism. However, he battled depression beginning at 10 years old.
The story said that after Kade’s death by suicide, “one of Kade’s peers” approached Linda Christiansen in the courthouse and started talking about Kade. The person who approached was an adult man.
The story said Kade died two years ago at age 20. He actually died April 19, 2021 (15 months ago) at age 21.
The story implied that the Encouragement Project in Sevier County charges money for its positivity signs. In fact, Sanpete Kindness follows the model of the Encouragement Project by providing signs free of charge to people who re- quest them.
The story refers to two murals about kindness that have been painted by volunteers. There is one mural, located in the Ephraim Family Park and scheduled to be “revealed” July 30.
An expanded and corrected version of the story is avail- able on the home page of the Sanpete Messenger website at http://www.sanpetemessenger.com.