Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Finding The Good

Thank GOODness it doesn't look like this anymore!

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe just in Antarctica – with no Internet access), you probably know about the tornado that hit Joplin this past May. I know, I know – “Oh, good lord, will you please stop talking about it already??” (At least this is what my kids say to me at least once a week).

But, a lot of us can’t help it. Perhaps it’s because we still have to drive through the disaster area - EVERY DAY – wondering when they are going to do something about the McDonald’s on Main St., or what the heck is going on with St. John’s. Or maybe perhaps it’s because there are still so many things that need to be done and just as many ways to help get them done. Or maybe it’s simply the fact that we’ve all been affected IN SOME WAY by this enormous tragedy that hit our town and at some point in the day we think about all of these things – sometimes individually, sometimes all at once – and it really can be overwhelming.

But, today, I am thinking about the good stuff that has come out of all this. Specifically, how one man, Charlie Brown, began his own Internet campaign to help get much-needed funding to Joplin by simply entering us in as many online contests as he could find and then persuading people to vote in these contests. And if you think this is easy, think again. Because, of course, every community thinks they are deserving – and they are. But convincing the powers-that-be? Well, that can sometimes be a little more challenging. Plus, these online contests require incredible ongoing dedication. You can’t just put it out there and leave it. You have to actually monitor the contest, for heaven’s sake, and who has time for that? Enter Charlie. This guy works around-the-clock to keep reminding people about the different contest opportunities he is promoting, encouraging them to “keep voting, keep voting!”

And you know what? He’s helped win over $200,000 for different groups here in Joplin (and he’s not finished yet, believe me).

One of those contests he entered was’s “Great American Teach-Off”, where he entered Sharon Reeve from St. Mary’s Grade School. Through Charlie’s promotion, Sharon advanced to the final round of the contest, but, sadly, did not win the $10,000 grand prize. BUT… this contest and Charlie’s efforts helped raise awareness about St. Mary’s School and its needs after it was leveled by the tornado.

Plus, the contest led me to subscribe for e-mails titled, The Daily GOOD. And I would encourage you to do the same. Because this website does more than hold contests periodically (although, let’s face it, the idea of winning money is often motivation enough to do something).  It is dedicated to promoting the “Good” that is going on in America and around the world in an effort to make life better for everyone. Sometimes informs readers about companies who give back to the community, sometimes they promote various organizations and their innovative and successful ways of volunteering. And sometimes they just let you know about kids who are making a difference by speaking out in response to a perceived injustice.

Whatever the daily topic, The Daily GOOD is something I look forward to finding in my Inbox. It’s comforting to know there’s an entire website out there dedicated to the same topic I am with this little blog.

So, go ahead. Peruse the website. Think about the ways you have been blessed this year – especially the moments that involved the kind actions of others. Then go out and DO SOMETHING GOOD for others yourself.

Have a great day!

*Just to let you know, I am in no way being reimbursed for any of these endorsements - although I should be!  My goal is simply to let you know about the good things that I find and those who are doing them.  There you have it....


  1. What a wonderful site to know about! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. It is inspiring that one man's efforts have been able to accomplish so much!

  3. Nina, thanks so much for stopping by! I love - and really enjoy getting a little daily update that I can peruse at my leisure. It's so uplifting and a bit humbling to read about all the good things people are doing to make the world better. Sharla, Charlie's work is ongoing, and he has made such a tremendous impact on our community - something I know he had no idea would happen as a result of his efforts. He really just wanted to help in a small way and what he has done is make a tremendous difference in our rebuilding efforts. Stay tuned - I hope to have more exciting info soon about him and his work!