Ripple Effects of One Action
--by sherriwood, posted Dec 2, 2020
As adults, do we really believe this? Or is it a lesson just for young people? I am writing to tell you that indeed “one person can”. I know because one day one person did an act of kindness that changed my life and the lives of millions more.
Almost 15 years ago while driving across town, I was listening to a radio interview and heard a story of selflessness and commitment that was inspiring. A woman had carried in ten bulky winter coats through the Thanksgiving weekend crowds on mass transit to donate them at the One Warm Coat drive. She knew the city had many homeless and families in need and she knew that her extra coats could make a difference between cold and comfort for ten people that winter.
She was only one person, yet it was her action that inspired me to realize that there would always be a need for more coats – and that more people would be able to donate if there were more drop-off locations. Now, nearly 15 years later, One Warm Coat has inspired the donation of over 4 million coats across the country. As the National Founder, my heart is full and warm, knowing that we, each one of us, make a real difference in the lives of thousands each Fall and Winter.
So when you step forward to donate your time, or give an item, or help your neighbor, perhaps wondering “will it really matter?” I can tell you that it will!