We love every day heroes, people who do small gives that ripple into big community projects. This week we are highlighting three people who started giving to others in their community because they wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. These unique gives spread to others who also wanted to participate in their giving idea. This is how giving works. Someone starts giving, others see what they are doing and want to join in. What starts as a simple give turns into a community effort that helps more people, effects more lives and happiness spreads. These every day heroes had an idea that spread quickly. Within a few years they are now supporting hundreds of people with the help of others.
I love the name this Young student has given her idea. We All Belong was the brain child of Natalie when she was 9 years old. She wanted to help people in her community, so she donated toys, put together 13 Thanksgiving baskets and donated winter coats to those who needed them. Her idea has inspired others to donate food, clothing, and toys to her drives throughout the year. Now she hosts live Facebook videos to get more supporters to help her donate these ideas to people in her community. How cool is that. Check out Natalie on Facebook, like her page and be inspired by her giving leadership.
For the past eleven years, Stacy has baked and delivered cookies to Vancouver Islanders experiencing homelessness during Christmas time through her Caring With Cookies project.The annual baking drive has collected thousands of homemade cookies and delivered them to over 20 local shelters on Christmas Eve. Stacy wanted to do something during the holidays. The very first year she decided to bake cookies and give them out to the homeless. Her friends loved the idea and donated more cookies the second year. The idea caught on and in 2017 over 8500 cookies were donated and 23 shelters received cookie packages for their residents. Stacy has started a website, Caring With Cookies, so she can coordinate the donation of cookies from people throughout the Coast of British Columbia, Canada. We love this. One of our favorite family gives is to bake cookies and deliver them to a local police or fire station. Stacy has a wonderful idea to share some happiness over the holidays. Hats off to you Stacy for turning your personal giving into a community project that brings so much happiness to others.
An 11 year old heard an ad on the radio that inspired him to donate two toys to the local Children’s Hospital. He wondered how kids in the hospital were going to receive presents over the holidays. Not knowing the answer, he donated his first two toys. The next Christmas family and friends joined Nolan in his give and donated over 50 toys. This past Christmas Nolan donated 176 toys to Children’s Hospitals in his community. He now reaches out to local community members and gathers donations before the holidays. He delivers the toys with his family to various Children’s Hospitals. That rocks. A simple give has now turned into a community toy drive.
All it takes is one give and you can make a difference. People will notice and do the same. Part of our daily giving journey is to inspire others to give to. These 3 Every Day Heroes did just that with their desire to give back, and help someone. Now hundreds of people are being helped because they decided to give. Wow!
We love every day hero stories. Do you know an every day hero? Let us know and share their story. Contact us and we will share their every day hero story.