Mini Mission – Jordan Keeler

by Katie on October 25, 2011 · 48 comments

When the name Jordan Keeler is heard around the hallways, there’s never a jolt of fear, or a harsh word uttered. Jordan Keeler doesn’t sit alone at lunch, instead he sits with the kid who is sitting alone at lunch, so neither one is alone.

Everday, Jordan would help an Autistic classmate off of the bus. He even took it a step further and carried his backpack. In a world where you can rarely find someone to hold the door for you, this is a truly amazing thing, especially for a fifth grader.

In the classroom, Jordan looked after the pet birds, and was a member of the noon-hour prayer club and encouraged other students to get involved in activities despite their fears.

On October 14th, 2011, at 4:30 AM, a fire ripped through a home near Calgary, Canada. Four members of the house, 2 adults, and 2 young girls made it out of the house and were treated for smoke inhalation. When firemen arrived, it was learned that a young boy was still inside.

Charred remains of a child were found inside the home and they were found to be Jordan Keeler.

Right now, Jordan’s Aunt and Uncle, whom he was staying with, his family, and entire community are mourning this difficult loss. ¬†As our team member, Kelsey informed me:

“Our town and the town of Chestermere (which is about ten min away) make up a very tight community. The citizens of the towns and the residents of the acreages between the towns all share a very strong sense of the classical “small town” community. We look out for each other, we care about our neighbors, we celebrate as a group and this week we collectively mourn as a whole.”

I have no doubt in my mind that in a few years, when Jordan got his first e-mail account, he wouldn’t head for inappropriate sites or internet chat rooms. I’m confident that he would sign up to be a member of our Love Bomb Team.

For that, I am making him an honorary member of our Team.

Jordan, you are the embodiment of what a selfless, amazing person is. Although your time here on earth was short, you’ve done more good things than many have ever done. You not being here anymore is a great burden on your family. However, the bigger burden lies on the rest of the world, who will never get to encounter the amazing boy who was on his way to a life of giving, community contributions, and unconditional love.

On behalf of the Love Bomb Team, we welcome you to our team. You hold a place in our hearts.

Team,

Let’s leave some comments here for Jordan Keeler’s family, and even to Jordan, thanking him for the good he’s done. And today, try to hold a door open for someone, carry someone’s bag, or encourage someone who’s scared to go for their goals.

It’s absolutely what Jordan Keeler would have done.

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandra A. October 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Jordan, you are one of the most inspirational people that left this world a little too soon. It’s very easy to slip into our own little worlds and forget that other people may need us – a little encouragement, a handshake to celebrate small successes, or just a friend to enjoy an experience with. And sometimes, it’s those little things that matter. You were that person who opened the door just because and helped out just because. Thank you for reminding us that we are all exist not solely for ourselves; but also to enrich other’s lives and bring out the best in others. May your memory never be forgotten.

-S.

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Katie October 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm

If only the entire world could see how amazing of a boy Jordan is/was. No doubt his legacy and kindness will live on. It’s inspired me today. Truly.

Rest in Peace, Jordan.

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Lola October 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

People like Jordan give me hope. How horrible it is that just these people are often taken away from us.
I want to send many, many love to his family. I wish them the best of luck and I hope that everyone will keep Jordan’s spirit alive. <3

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Jonathan Ruth October 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

God bless you Jordan! You won’t be forgotten! For your family and all those whom Jordan touched…we love you and are praying for you!

- Jonathan Ruth

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Lesley October 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

To the young man who was truly a man, the world shall miss a kind soul like yours. While the world needs more people like you, you made such an indeliable impact during your short time here, and this is a testament to that. I wish your family the knowledge that your short time here was beautiful, and that you will be missed and never forgotten.

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Angela Gunn October 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Jordan,
The world has lost an angel. You taught the world more in your young life than many older people do in their lifetimes. There’s no doubt in my mind that you came to this world with a mission to teach others how to make everyday count. Although I never met or knew you I know the world will never forget you because your actions have rippled out into the world and made it at least as far as me. For that, you can now rest in peace knowing the effects of your actions are 10 fold if not more.
You are love and missed here. Keep watching over your family who are so blessed to have loved you and known you in their lifetimes. What a blessing to have known such an amazing soul.
Angela

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Erin Patrick October 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm

My heart goes out to the entire Keeler family. I can’t imagine your heartache. I know you will spend many hours sharing about what a wonderful blessing Jordan was in the lives of so many! I pray that you find comfort and peace during this time. Your time with Jordan was short but he made such an impact on the world in that time. Be comforted with the memories of him that you all share! He was a blessing.
Love,
~Erin

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Petra October 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm

My heart goes out to Jordan’s family who loved him well. Anyone who is given love will always be remembered in love.
Jordan will remain in the community’s hearts forever. This is a sad time and I pray there will be much joy in memories soon. With big hugs,

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Jessi October 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Jordan-
It is always so sad to hear about a child losing his/her life. However, what an inspiration you were to so many. I don’t doubt that others will remember your kind acts and try to emulate them themselves. As an adult, I just want to say that I can only hope to have the kind of heart you did while alive. God now has a special angel up with Him. Many prayers to your friends, family, and community. I pray that my children can be a child like you. God bless!

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Lisa October 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Dear Keeler Family,

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved Jordan. He was an amazing little boy and a tribute to a family who raised him to be kind and loving. He left this world long before he should have, but he touched it in a way many would not have.

You are in my prayers,
Lisa

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Matt Peters October 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Dear Jordan,

The world was made better by the kindness you showed others. Our load is made heavier by our loss of such a caring person to share the load with. But we are made stronger, and we take refuge in the great and loving acts you did every day.

Welcome to the team, Jordan. You are a hero among heroes.

With love,

Matt

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Kat October 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

The world is now short another really GOOD person. As Jordan’s family, I’m sure you will keep his memory alive and continue to spread the good will that you gave to him to all around you. God bless you and may you continue to gain strength in order to cope with this tremendous loss.

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Erika Icon October 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Wow, Jordan, you were an amazing young man and definitely an old soul. It’s sad that you never made it to be an adult. The impact you had on others in such a short amount of time is amazing and I’m sure you made every person’s life you ever met even better. I hope the next life is an amazing one for you, as well.

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Isabel October 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm

To only imagine what Jordan could have possibly meant to this world if it had him for longer…however, there is no doubt in my mind that right now he is experiencing such love and grace. His beautiful soul is a challenge to us to take up an attitude of selflessness in Jordan’s honour, and to spread the light throughout the world in his place, as he would undoubtedly have done.

so much love to his family xx

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KateB October 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

The ripples of goodness from Jordan’s life will continue on beyond the sadness and loss that you all must feel. Jordan’s great gift of kindness, encouragement and openness will have shifted, sometimes imperceptibly, the course of the lives of those who knew and loved him. What a little miracle. Big love and appreciation to Jordon’s parents an family. What a blessing he must have been for you and thank you for sharing him with us.

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tina October 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful lil boy. Let us Pay It Forward by being just like Jordan was an example of just how wonderful a person can be.

huggles and kisses to his family and everyone who was touched by him

Tina

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Emma October 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Jordan, It’s true that only the good die young. You did more in your short life to enrich this world than many others do in many decades. Thank you for the love you provided and the memories your family and friends have of you. Love, Emma

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Kerry October 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Lots of light and love to everyone who was fortunate enough to know Jordan… I am so inspired that one boy can touch so many people… adding myself to the list of people touched.

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Laura October 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

What a wonderful human being, and what an awful loss. May Jordan’s memory continue to inspire kindness in people. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Sending much love,

Laura.

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Gail Glasser October 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

The Jordan’s of this world embody all that is good. While Jordan is now sharing his love in heaven, his spirit lives on, inspires others and touches the hearts of all who carry his memory… Including me now. Rest in peace young Jordan.

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Louise October 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Your loss is tragic. Thank you for being braver and kinder than many of us ever will be. You inspire me and so many others to be better. I’m sorry.

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Kylie October 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I hope and pray every day that my baby son (4 months old) will grow up to become a good and honest young man like Jordan. I am always so grateful for examples of true courage, love, and manhood and find they are disappointingly few and far between. The world has lost a rare soul, but his example will live on forever. I hope the family can have peace in knowing that I will teach my son to be like Jordan, and he will be a shining light to so many.

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Michele October 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm

What an amazing child and an inspiration to so many. This world needs more Jordans. I am sad that you have left us. Your memory will live on in the kindness that you have shown to so many and will be continued through each and every person you have touched. The Keeler family is in my thoughts and prayers. I’m off to share a smile and do something nice for someone in your memory Jordan.
Michele

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Paloma October 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Dear Keeler Family,
What an amazing heart for such a young child. He obviously had great role models. Even though his life was very short, one never knows the extent of the ‘ripple effect.’ Many people who knew him and those of us who have heard of him via LoveBomb will remember and be inspired by his courage and heart and this will in turn influence us to lead with our hearts…
many blessings to you all,
Paloma

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Becca October 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Jordan you are an inspiration to everyone, and the world lost someone who would have continued to make such a big, important difference in people’s lives. In your honor, we will all take the time to help those who need it, to say a kind word, and to be there for others.

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Marti October 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Thinking of my own precious 10-year old nephew I can’t imagine the hole in your heart and lives. There are no words big enough, strong enough, or even compassionate enough to begin to console or comfort you. Instead I pray to the Father of all Fathers to send his Spirit to be the the one who comforts, restores, consoles, loves and helps you endure, persevere and ultimately thrive. I pray that love from on high descends like a fog into your midst so you don’t feel empty or alone. What a tremendous example and presence you must have been for him to be such a giant in your community at such a young age. He lives on in you!

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Allie October 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Family & friends of Jordan,
Thank you so much for bringing this beautiful beacon of light and love into the world, cherishing, loving and supporting him all the way. Who knows if the world would have felt his light as it has without a community surrounding him. Thank you. You’re amazing, and may you glorify the spirit of Jordan all the days of your lives. Sending you infinite warmth, peace, love and light for the journey…

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Angie October 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Sweet, sweet Jordan, thank you for being so awesome in your short life that you’re continuing to touch people and show them how to be good and kind people even after you’ve left the physical world. I’ll carry a piece of you with me, and send my love and prayers to your family and friends!

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Eva October 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I’m blown away by the emotional maturity of this young man. He understood more about compassion and love in his short life than many people do in 50 years. What an absolutely amazing boy. My heart breaks for your loss, but the memories that you have of him must be incredible.

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Trashstar October 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Dear Keeler Family

What an amazing guy! We are proud to have Jordan as an honorary member – the privilege really is ours! And that’s the amazing thing about being a LoveBomber – you get to learn about the most inspirational and amazing human beings like Jordan who are quite literally the change in the world. Jordan was clearly an outstanding young man who’s passing is a great loss to his family and his community and today his name is on the hearts and minds of more people in more countries around the world than you can possibly imagine. We are beside you in your dark hours and we will never forget your son and I promise you we will celebrate his life and honour his memory with every message we take to those in need of kindness and love wherever they may be in the world…

With love and light to you!

Trashstar
Xx

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Sam Ordos October 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Dear Keelers,

No words will ever be able to describe how much you care about Jordan. Still, even though no one can totally understand your own personal loss, please do know that it is okay to cry, to be sad, to mourn, to miss him. Even to ask why. Still, know that there is something bigger and stronger and more beautiful than even Jordan’s little heart, holding you all together. Everything you do out of love, makes Jordan smile. Carry on for him. I’ll do the same.

Sam

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Joy October 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Jordan’s example show that love and kindness are ageless..thank you for the reflection of care and community…and to the Keeler’s: may Jordan’s legacy of love and kindness wrap around you and provide comfort and refreshment during this time..and may you recognize that this love and kindness is magnified as many times as it has been reflected. Each time we open our hearts to share what we have, a word, an action, a smile, we are honoring our connectedness..thank you for allowing me this honor today.
Much peace and abundant love..

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kate lambert October 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I have always believed that at a higher level, a soul decides on the time when it leaves this earth for greater things and that the soul does so when it has reached a point of learnt perfection: to love and bring joy to others. Jordan’s soul had already reached this point when he was young and already blessed this earth is huge amounts in his short time here so it was time for him to head for beautiful enlightenment. I believe he is now surrounded by endless beauty and love everlasting. I hope this brings peace to the people who had the privilage of enjoying Jordans time here. Sending all my love and thoughts to you all. Thankyou Jordan for the things we are able to learn from you.

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Andrea October 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Jordan, I’m so sorry your family and the world have to go on without you in it. Thank you for caring about people, for your generosity and your love. Thank you for making a difference in the world in the short time you were in it. And thank you for inspiring us to follow your example.

To Jordan’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing such a kind and loving boy with the world. My thoughts are with you. Take care.

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Erin Lindsey October 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Jordan,

You are the type of person that we need more of in this world and I know your good works are far from over. You’re up there looking down on us all, inspiring us to be just a little kinder, just a little nicer today. One smile at a stranger truly can make a difference. Thank you for reminding me of that. The next time I do I kind deed, I will be thinking of you and know you will push me to do more.

Thank you and Rest in Peace.

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feliciab October 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thank you, Jordan. I hope the world can learn a valuable lesson. And to Jordan’s family – our prayers are with you. Know that Jordan is being praised for all the good and right he’s done in this life. He’s being rewarded greatly for it in the next.

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heidi October 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm

May this sweet child of God rest in his Heavenly Father’s arms, and may his family and community be blessed with peace. We give thanks for the life of Jordan. May the memory of this sweet angel warm the hearts of those who loved him.
Amen

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Carrie October 26, 2011 at 12:11 am

Dear Keeler Family and your Community:
Reading the story of Jordan truly touched my heart. We never know what small thing we may do that changes a person life. I hope you find solace in knowing that Jordan was the catalyst of change for many, both while living and now how his story is being circulated and touching hundreds of other lives. I will pray tonight for you all to get a good night sleep, because I know that is hard to do when you are hurting. Sending loving prayers from Memphis, TN.

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A. S. October 26, 2011 at 4:54 am

True inspiration from someone so young! Also refreshing. What an amazing child your parents have raised. I can only imagine all the good that you will do with your new life in your new world.

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Allie October 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

To Jordan’s family:
I am truly sorry for your loss–I know how it feels like to lose a young family member. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope it will help you cope with the loss.
To Jordan:
This story gave me goosebumps. You are such an inspiring human being. Thank you, and…welcome to the team.

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Lee October 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

My heart goes out to Jordan’s family and to everyone whose life he touched – I imagine that would be more than we even know from this story. Certainly a loving soul taken from this world too soon, but one that left a legacy of love and kindness that lives forever. Thank you Jordan for reminding me that every day can be made meaningful when we give of ourselves. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Lindsey October 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Too many times our angels are taken from us too early. Do believe that he lived a truly full life, because he was so generous and selfless for the few years he was here. My family will pray for comfort for you.

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Celia October 27, 2011 at 12:36 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jordan truly sounds like a wonderful and caring little boy. I am touched to have heard his story. Much love to you all and thinking of you here in New Zealand, Celia

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Angie October 27, 2011 at 3:56 am

Jordan, what a difference you made in this world. From a young age you knew the things that are truly important in life., some live far longer yet never have such awareness. I know your kind and loving spirit will love in all those who were touched by you. You are a teacher of life! xxxx xxxx

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B October 27, 2011 at 4:33 am

Hope. Inspiration. Hero.
Heaven gained an angel.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Rida Soleil October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Dear family & friends of Jordan….
My heart goes out to You at this painful moment in your lives….However, the ones we truly Love never leave us…they Live on in us….
At such a young age he was able to inspire & touch the lives of so many in n around him…A truly Blessed Life..

Love & Prayers.

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Lloyd&Bonnie October 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Dear Jordan,
Just seeing your picture made us smile and wish you had been our grandson. Welcome, new love bomber!
Jordan’s family and friends:We send our hugs from Carmichael, California. Even though we lost our oldest son, Steven, we or no one else can truly say they know what you are now experiencing. Only you and God know that. But we know there are huge holes in your hearts and we are praying for healing there. We love you and Jesus loves you.

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Kelsey November 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Jordan,
I feel so blessed that you were a member of the community I live in. Your life was filled with love, generosity and genuine empathy and you shared all of that with each and every singe person who was lucky enough to meet you. I have no doubt that your memory will live on in the hearts of every soul who you touched in your short life. Although I never got an opportunity to meet you personally, I do know people who went to school with you and who were your neighbors and through their fond stories I know you are living through them. We need more people like you in the world, Jordan, you truly are as much an inspiration now as you were before you were called back to Heaven.
Love and Hugs for you and your family,
Kelsey C

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