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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Many have heard of a campaign to do 26 acts of kindness to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. Well, a Tuscaloosa dog trainer heard about it, and she is well on her way to doing some good.

Heather "Red" Litz Wwner of Tuscaloosa K9 Camp is giving away 26 trained dogs for a special cause.

"We of course heard about the awful tragedy in Connecticut and people were doing 26 acts of kindness in honor of the 26 people who lost their lives that day," Litz said.

WATCH: Tuscaloosa dog trainer giving away 26 service dogs

"Red" knows tragedy first hand after the 2011 tornadoes devastated her training camp, which left an employee handicapped, killed 22 dogs and left two more missing.

Now back up and running again, she's paying it forward to help others in times of tragedy.

"We hired some trainers from St. Louis who came down to help me train 26 service dogs to donate. Twenty-five personal dogs and one police department dog," Litz said.

Erica Ell, one of the trainers from St. Louis, says these dogs will be very helpful.

"Anybody that's had trauma or anything. They are great for therapy, anxiety. For a physical disability…retrieving objects, opening doors, turning lights on and off," Ell said.

Firefighter Chais Billings and his personal search and rescue dog Sir Lancelot were an inspiration for this act of kindness.

"You can't even explain how great it is. I mean to have a dog sit and stay and know when it's going to run from me," Billings said.

This act of kindness will be felt by many others.

"We really want to like I said open it up to anybody who is interested in applying and finding the top 26 candidates," Litz said.

And "Red" says if this is a success she won't stop at 26. If you are in need of a special needs dog, you can contact the Tuscaloosa K9 Camp for an application at TK9.26acts@gmail.com.

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