It is unfortunate but many recent news broadcasts have shown hate, violence, division and a lack of empathy in our community, in our nation and in our world. That public discord is part of life and something that we do need to know.
Why do we not hear the good news? Do good things not happen anymore? The fact is, good events are rarely captured in photos or video and people on social media are often attacked by internet trolls for sharing the great feeling they have after doing something positive.
The negative news causes some to just get upset, some to jump on the bandwagon and others to attempt to make a difference. Two Michigan women decided to make a change in order to spread positivity by planning an online event called, “Let’s Make a Difference”.
The Facebook event describes that the reason for the event is recent news and how people reacted to it on social media. The event description describes these incidents as, “political debates, beyond tragic deaths, news coverage filled with horrific outcomes and social media filled with derogative comments towards people that don’t even know each other.”
The hosts for the event Nicole Neff, of Clarkston, Michigan and Jamie Zammit of Troy, Michigan reached out to those they knew sharing the event hoping to make a difference through performing an act of kindness. The day is set for Saturday, July 16, 2016, and the list of those “going” has risen to over 60,000 all over the United States and the world.
Of the nearly, 4500 who replied to a Facebook poll on the event page, dozens of countries around the world are participating. The act of kindness does not need to cost a dime, they can come in taking a meal to a homeless person, carrying groceries to the car of an elderly or disabled person, or simply having a chat with someone you can tell is having a difficult day.
They are asking that those who perform these acts of kindness post them, “not to brag but to show that there is good in this world”.
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