I was going to buy 10 coffees and give them out to the people in need. It had been a particularly harsh winter, and this was my way of sharing a little warmth with those on the margins.
But what started out as a simple gesture turned out to be a far-reaching event.
Many of my Facebook friends started getting involved, coming up with unique ideas and creative ways they could help in their own communities.
They shared the idea with their friends, who also signed up to participate.
In the end, over 250 people from around the world joined me on December 18th, handing out gifts of warmth to those in need.
Instead of coffee (or coffee cards), many people personally gave out scarves, socks, coats, blankets, and meals to people they never even met.
In some cases, participants brought gifts to people to heal old wounds. Others gave to organized causes, such as clothing trees for women’s shelters. And many, like myself, simply took to the streets.
An estimated 1,300 people were helped that day, all because of that simple idea, which we called “Warm it Up!”
This year, I’d like to ask you to help out again. All you need to do is give.
I don’t mean write a cheque from your armchair or give an online donation from your computer. I mean really get out there to see the people you’re helping.
Believe me, it’ll bring you as much joy to help a stranger as it is for them to receive.
On December 17th, 2014, please buy 10 coffee cards (or another item of your choice) and join us in bringing warmth to everyone around us.
Please click here, participate, and share this event worldwide!
Richard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.