You don't need to be big to make an impact on this world . . .
You don't need special qualifications. You don't need to be rich. You don't need to make extravagant or grand gestures. You don't even need to be a grown up.
Take Alex McKelvey, for instance. She possesses the one thing that matters: a kind heart.
'I just think that, if an eight-year-old can do this, anyone can do this,' says Sarah, her mom.
Here at OM®, we're inclined to agree . . .
In September 2013, in order to honor Linda, her late grandmother, Alex committed to do 60 acts of kindness. The deadline set was March 22, 2014, which would have been Linda's 60th birthday. The target was met with considerable ease.
'We bought coffee, ice cream, donated various things, went to IHOP and left a cool tip for our waitress, went on a shopping spree and bought toys for the children's hospital,' says Sarah. 'She had so much fun doing it, you could see the enjoyment on her face'.
That enjoyment, incidentally, was found in helping others. In making their lives that little bit better. In putting a smile on their faces . . .
That's the cool thing about kindness: it feels REALLY good.
'I want to show the world why I'm doing this,' explains Alex. 'It makes me feel like . . . it just makes me super-happy.'
Mission accomplished, those initial 60 acts complete, Alex had no intention of calling time on her quest.
'So we said, why not add an extra zero?' says Sarah. 'Why not go for 600?' Plan made, the benevolent pair did just that . . .
Leaving quarters in vending machines. Volunteering at a local mission. Giving strangers flowers. The good deeds have continued and, in recent days, number 600 has been clocked up. There have been certain sacrifices. Those making them have no doubt they're worthwhile.
'We're not rich or even close to it, but we decided to use our resources in a different way,' adds Sarah. 'We've given up a few luxuries and we've chosen to live a simple life'.
Here at OM®, this is something that strikes quite a chord . . .
You see, like Sarah and Alex, we like to help others. To put a smile on people's faces. To make their lives just that little bit better. To connect.
You don't need to be big. You don't need special qualifications. You don't need to be rich or to make grand or extravagant gestures. You don't even need to be a grown up. You just need a kind heart . . .
Like Alex, who has, in recent days, decided that, like 60, 600 good deeds are just not enough.
'We're going to do thousands, then a million,' she adds. 'I'd like to reach so many people'.
If an eight-year-old can do this, there's no question in our minds that anyone can do this . . .