We don’t always say so, but when we’re asking you to be kind to others, we’re out doing the same thing here at Sparkt. We like to do small things, like support each other, help each other, listen to each other and laugh together. Sometimes I even bake cookies!
This week, for World Kindness Day, the Sparkt staff challenged each other to perform acts of kindness outside of the walls of our office.
Here’s what some of us chose to do:
Our fantastic business manager took to heart the suggestion that you can do kindness at any time, wherever you you are, if you just look for the opportunity. Watch what happened when she took kindness to the streets on her way to work this morning.
Kelly knows all about how volunteering can make a difference from her days with AmeriCorps, where she spent a year in service in Arizona. That inspired her to put together a box of toys and art supplies to send to St. Vincent de Paul, a homeless center in Phoenix. “These will be put to good use in the Learning and Art center for homeless kids or kids who were separated from their parents at the border,” through a partnership with Southwest Key, a holding center for immigrant children, explained Kelly.
Kristen is the one who writes a lot of the wonderful stories you see on Sparkt. She decided to make a donation to the Light of Life Rescue Mission, an emergency shelter on Pittsburgh’s Northside that also offers meals, clothing and lots of other services to the needy.
Kristen (below, left) gathered up clothing her family no longer wears (including sweaters and coats which are especially needed this time of year), purchased a bunch of toiletries, and personally delivered them to the shelter.
Sparkt’s awesome social media guru Amanda took inspiration from our story on the annual Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive. She gathered up all the warm sweaters she no longer wears and dropped them off at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where they’ll be organized and distributed to needy people throughout the Pittsburgh region. Click here to e-mail the organizers and find out how you can get involved.
A big bark-out to Sparkt’s Chief Marketing Officer Ange. She and her kids love animals, so it was a no-brainer for them to do some kindness for their neighborhood animal shelter, Animal Friends. Ange went to the pet store to pick up things she knows the shelter needs because she visited their on-line wish list.
Then she stopped by the shelter with her family’s gift of food, cleaning products and toys that will help the pets in the shelter enjoy their time while they wait for permanent homes.
When Michael’s not out selling advertising for Sparkt, he’s involved with an organization that does what we like to call “ripple effect” kindness — as in, you never know how far out your acts of kindness will ripple and touch the lives of others. He serves on the board of HM3 Partners Independence Fund, putting in several hundred hours volunteering for their huge Celebrity Care Fest concert each summer. Money raised this year is going to children’s charities, like the Whole Child Wellness Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, founded by Pittsburgh Penguins CEO David Morehouse and his wife Vanessa.
(That’s Michael, left presenting a check to David Morehouse)
Finally… me. I love volunteering so it was kind of hard to pick just one thing. But I’ll share with you a something I’ve been working on for a few weeks. That’s me, below, in my basement with a rack of about 50 freshly laundered sweaters and blouses that I plan to donate, along with a bunch of suits and shoes, to one of my favorite charities, Dress for Success Pittsburgh (click here to learn more and find a chapter near you).
In my previous job I had to dress very professionally. At Sparkt we’re a little more casual. It makes me feel good that a woman who is trying to re-enter the workforce can do it with confidence, wearing suits or heels or skirts I no longer need!
Look for our other stories and videos, like Patrick, who is caring for a friend who is disabled (click here), Jenn who teamed up with her brother for some emotional RAKs (click here), and Marty (click here) as he takes to the streets of Pittsburgh in search of some people who could use a little kindness.
I hope the staff at Sparkt has inspired you to do a little kindness today and every day. Awesome job everyone!