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Tallahassee single father creates app to help his kids stay positive following wife's death

Posted at 9:55 AM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 09:55:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The holiday season is a time to spread kindness and a local family is doing just that.

Our Kristian Thomas shows us how they are using technology to spread Christmas cheer.

The Pope family is on a mission, empowering people to do good.

"We created kindness challenges for people to enjoy and share kindness," said Bert Pope.

Bert, now a single father of four, wanted his kids to stay positive after his wife died two Christmas' ago.

"In 2016 my wife died in an automobile crash and I was left to navigate raising my four children under 10-years-old," said Bert.

So he launched 'Awesome' just in time for Christmas.

'Awesome' is an app for everyone to share their good doings and participate in nationwide Kindness Challenges.

Pope's children say this app helps them spread joy year round.

"It makes me feel good and it makes other people feel good too. So I feel like I'm making my family happy by doing it," said Lilly Pope.

It also allows users to reward each other for a job well done with kindness coins. Pope says young people needed an app like this.

"To provide tools for the youth to grow up to have something that empowers them to do good and to have that feeling and that sense to be able to do good," said Bert.

For Lilly, the app is a reminder of her mother, whom she will never forget.

"I love you and I thank you for spreading kindness in the world," said Lilly.

The Pope family hopes the app will help people of all ages communicate.

To find out more about the 'Awesome' app click here.