Have you read about the Warm Fuzzy Revolution?
It is an organization dreaming up ways to do good and helping us teach our kids how to serve those in need.
Dana Ohlsen is the mastermind, the dreamer, and the doer of this wonderful organization.
Here are some sobering facts that Dana has to share with us….
The need is great… putting things in perspective
According to Feeding America, one out of six Americans goes hungry in the United States. The non-profit organization, StandUp for Kids reports that 13 hungry kids die on the street everyday. While we’re thinking about what restaurant we want to eat at for the night, they are thinking about where their next meal is going to come from. While we’re thinking about feeding that Diet Coke or coffee addiction, they are worried about where they will lay their head. Instead of many of us keeping up with the Joneses, what if we kept our eyes up to notice more opportunities to help? Instead of filling our lives with busy work, what if we filled it with giving? I do not speak from a high horse, but from a deep and passionate place in my heart that is determined to make a change in my own life while making a difference in someone else’s. How you fill your day is your choice. Make the choice to make a little time.
Stand Up For Kids not only provides support to kids living on the streets, but also gives them someone who cares. On SUFK’s homepage I found a link to a Leann Rimes’ video for her song, “Give”, filmed on the streets of Chicago with a group of homeless youth. On her blog she writes about the experience, “My life is forever changed. One thing they said is no one looks them in the eye when they see them on the streets, so there’s a deep loneliness there and a feeling of almost not existing. I will now always look anyone who’s homeless in the eye and smile. That smile could make their whole day. It could make them feel like they are alive and a part of the world.” That thought struck a chord with me; as I think many of us avoid eye contact. Maybe we think they are going to ask us for handouts or we’re afraid. But what are we afraid of? Before Operation Warm Fuzzies, I could only imagine what LeeAnn was talking about. Now I know.
Go to the Facebook Page of The Warm Fuzzy Revolution and like it to get ideas on how to serve.
She is just getting started. There is no telling where this will go!
And for now we will leave you with a quick tip from Dana.
WARM FUZZY MINI TIP: Put together 5 mini care packages for your car so you are prepared for unexpected encounters. Gather a few non-perishable items, like small water bottles, granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter cracker sandwiches, Ensure, small tissue pouches, and gum. Put into grocery bags or brown craft bag with handle, place in small box or crate in trunk and you’re ready to spread some warm fuzzies!