Dear friends and donors of Faith Always Wins Foundation in support of SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World.
Today is World Kindness Day. Isn’t that nice? Wouldn’t it be great if we spent as much time on World Kindness Day as we do on say, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and maybe even birthday’s, after the age of 21? In honor of World Kindness Day I am sending you this message filled with admiration for the kindness you have offered me and my family. Thank you!
As I was contemplating this communication, we can call it a blog, to help with the definition, I wanted to provide awareness about AmazonSmile. But before I delve into how you and others can continue to make ripples of kindness, love and hope happen in a financial channel, I want to say something about the most recent massacre of human life in Sutherland Springs, TX.
The devastation to the families haunts me. When I hear of these murders and those that have transpired since our own tragedy in 2014, my entire being is put on pause. My family is 3 and half years from the deadly assault that took my father and 14 year old son. We were broken and will remain so but we are also healing and moving onward.
My anger does not come often and I am thankful for that. My heart is peaceful with the work in which I engage, to help others in every way I can think of, to spread awareness about faiths different from my own, engaging in acts of kindness and the simplicity of loving the other, especially when they need it the most.
Right now my anger is brewing as I read the news about how many opportunities other people had to redirect the Texas shooter. You will note that I will not use his name or any other name of a perpetrator. They do not deserve to have their name remembered.
My message is that all of us need to remember to be available to redirect someone’s hate at any possible time. I can be angry at the military, the police, the shooter’s family, the acquaintances…and I will allow that to process and then subside.
As days move onward for me I want to always be open to having the courage it takes to say something when something needs to be said. I want YOU to find the same courage. Know that it is better to have your neighbor mad at you that you intruded in their life but in the end, you may save their life.
Know that taking time to understand your coworker and the sorrow they have from losing a spouse, a child or maybe their job could mean the difference in their seeking appropriate self-care.
Know that we all have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life, each and every day. Look for ways to do so. Use your courage to make a ripple of kindness. (Today is World Kindness Day, so you have a great excuse, at least for today)
Giving Tuesday is November 28! Of course you can donate outright to Faith Always Wins Foundation. You could also do some online shopping through AmasonSmile. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
As a representative for Faith Always Wins Foundation (FAWF), I registered our 501c3 as a possible recipient. FAWF has already received one check from the AmazonSmile Foundation. I think this might be solely due to my personal shopping.
Feel free to spread the love and change up your charity of choice when you shop. You have the option to search for your favorite foundation each time you shop using AmazonSmile.
One person can make a ripple for bad or for good. Let’s keep the good ripples moving through our lives and communities.