My husband and I were walking out of a local restaurant the other day and I spotted an interesting thing on their bulletin board. It was a sign with two pockets holding popsicle sticks. Of course I had to check them out, so I took one. It was the neatest thing. It said “Smile! A Best Foot Forward” and had a little footprint sticker on it. The other side of the stick said: LAFOLOT.com/Smile-Campaign. The first thing that impressed me was the amount of work which was put into these sticks. I visited the site and it was like being transported to another world. The entire goal of this site is to spread kindness and joy in the world by sharing a smile, offering to help and taking an interest in other people. We are the most valuable commodity we can share. When I contacted Helen, the founder of the Life Lifters Smile Campaign, she shared her story with me. This movement was born out of challenge and pain. Her story is ultimately a story of triumph. Helen is like so many of us, we can’t do huge, glorious things, but we can do small personal things; like smile, hold a door open for someone, take someone’s grocery cart back for them and acknowledge them for the truly unique individuals they are. If you live in the Harrisburg/Camp Hill area, these Life Lifters can be found at: Sheetz – Rt 114 and Carlisle Pike, Sheetz – Simpson St and Wesley Dr, Isaacs – West Shore Plaza Lemoyne and Isaacs – Rt 114 and Carlisle Pike Plaza.
In the November 23, 2015 issue of Woman’s World is an article requesting travel packs of baby wipes and/or small packs of Slim Jims be sent to: Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc., 3550 23rd Ave S., Suite #7, Lake Worth, FL 33461. I also encourage you to visit their site at ForgottenSoldiers.org. They collect funds to send care packages to the troops, or you could send a box yourself. Their goal is to support our troops as long as they are deployed. I don’t know if anyone reading this remembers how we treated our returning soldiers after the Vietnam War. It was awful. These were boys who had been drafted into a hell on earth. They didn’t deserve the disdain and disrespect heaped on them when they came home. No one likes war. No one wants it. But at least we can lighten the load of someone who is homesick, lonely and far from home.
Till the next time.
I expect to pass through life but once. If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.