This morning I joined Pinball Clemons and his team at The MPCF (Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation) to kick off their week-long campaign #JustGive. #JustGive is not a fundraiser, it’s what I like to call a ‘kindraiser’. All week Pinball, his team and volunteers will be at different locations sharing kindness in different ways all over the city. Today we held doors open and wished commuters at Union Station a good morning.
I am a big believer that the power of small actions can change the world. When people do nice things for me (big or small) it makes a big difference to me. This inspires me to do nice things for other people. Sometimes those people are family and friends and sometimes they are people that I don’t know – people that I might not ever see again. Today, holding doors open for #JustGive, was an example of that.
Sometimes we think that the biggest and most effective change we can make in the world is by donating money. It seems that this is the change that we hear about the most. But not all of the change that we wish to see can happen with money. Some changes are better served by giving your time, energy and smiles. Today, as we held doors open and said “Good to see you”, “Have a great day” or “Good morning”, we made a difference and changed the way that a Monday trip to work or school would normally be.
What made it so fun was that it was unexpected. We were like a flashmob of kindness that made people smile and I hope that they spent the rest of the day paying it forward!
If you want to get involved with #JustGive (and of course you do), please check their website and follow them on Twitter @TheMPCF, @JustGive31 and #JustGive. There are different actions going on all week long.
If you can’t make it to any of the official events, don’t let that stop you – Mrs. Beckett’s grade 3 class at Bruce Trail Public School didn’t let it stop them. #JustGive.
And when you #JustGive please share it. This morning, when Pinball greeted the volunteers, he said “when you rise up, WE rise up.” So, #JustGive and inspire everyone around you to #JustGive too.
This post originally appeared at: http://www.callmehannah.ca/2015/06/01/kindraising-with-justgive/ on June 1, 2015