Literally everywhere I go, I hear stories of people being laid off, losing their homes, and going through financial hardship. Turn on CNN and it’s all about the economic downturn. It can be so depressing. However, there are some stories of hope as you can see from this article on CNNMoney.com (thanks to @rosinaseydel on Twitter for the link to the article).
Wondering what you can do to help?
Buy local – Behind every small business is a family that has invested time and money, quality time with each other in order to fulfill their dream of starting their own business. Let's help them stay afloat - it's a win-win for both parties. Scored big this weekend on fresh vegetables from a farmer at my neighborhood farmers market. The smile on his face was priceless.
Offer support – A kind word goes a long way in lifting up a person’s spirits. If nothing else, words of encouragement can inspire people to get back on their feet and try again.
Do something nice for a stranger – Some time ago, a lady gave me a 50% off coupon while I was in line at a store. It may seem small but this kind gesture made me want to turn around and do something nice for the next person.
Just to get the ball rolling, if you know anyone in the metro-Atlanta area that has been laid off or going through some tough times, let us know and we’ll take them a free box of cupcakes on your behalf. That ought to make them smile. I’ve got approval to give away 20 boxes through the end of June so let’s see how it goes.
Did you know that children laugh about 400 times a day while adults only laugh 15 times a day? How did we lose 385 laughs from childhood to adulthood?
Update: Send an email to email@example.com with the recipient's contact information. Also include a special message so that they know who the cupcakes are from.