This morning I took a cold walk to downtown Main Street. I knew Callie would be there with her kids selling hot chocolate. But this was not just your everyday Christmas season hot chocolate. This cup of cocoa would help needy families celebrate Christmas, too. Callie applied for a grant from the Acadiana Do Good Project. They were given $100 that had to be used to do good. #DoGood16
Callie and her family decided their tag line would be “Borne to Do Good” because they are the Borne family. Her four children range in age from 3 to 10. I learned about her project on Facebook where she advertised a Go Fund Me page. She is not only soliciting funds, she is getting her whole family involved. Selling the hot chocolate is only one of the steps. They will then shop, wrap, and deliver.
Callie’s project touched me from the beginning because we have adopted a family for many years. My girls remember wrapping gifts and delivering them, and as adults are continuing the tradition.
Callie told me about all the donations she has received. One person gave them $20 to give free hot chocolate to all service workers, police, firefighters, etc. While I was hanging out, they waved down a police car. This cop passed the word on to his colleagues. The kids were so excited to give away their hot chocolate. Doing good passes on.
I also met Marti and her dog, Jenny. They were doing good as well. Marti has started a project called “Walking Wavers.” She explained that in working on her own health, she started walking. She realized that when she waved to drivers, she felt safer because they knew she was there. She was also passing on a smile.
As I walked home, I practiced Marti’s initiative and waved to oncoming cars. She was right. I felt safer and happier.
Today I celebrate the Do Good projects and ask you, “What Do Good project will you do this season?” Let’s pass it on!