First, I wanna talk about Syrian refugees. I've written about this a couple of times already... about how my world went all wonky when I read about Aylan Kurdi's death. Turns out, I'm not alone. As I sat reeling, I got a Facebook message from another friend/mama who was doing the same. I logged onto the White House website to sign a petition for resettling Syrian refugees, and as soon as I clicked "send," I got a call from another friend/mama who was also grieving and reaching out. We decided to "do something." In fact, that's what my Facebook event invitation was titled, "Do Something for Syrian Refugees." Since I created that event, more than twenty people have hosted two meetings and created a Facebook Group (Rocktown Rallies). The Facebook group has 123 members, and the good folks in it are currently planning three events, fundraising efforts, hands-on activities, and public awareness initiatives. If you're local to Harrisonburg, we would love for you to be involved. We're having another meeting on Monday at 6pm. If you live somewhere else, we would love for you to "do something" too. All is takes is the willingness to throw your interest out there. People will help. There are always helpers.
Second, I've been helping to plan a TED-x inspired event for Harrisonburg. The event titled Ideas 2 Inspire will be held at Court Square Theater on October 20th. It will feature local folks telling local stories that will be inspirational and uplifting. The group of great organizers hopes that the people who attend will hear positive messages, feel energized and rejuvenated, and make connections with other like-minded folks who want our community to be a better place. If you live in the Shenandoah Valley, please put this one on your calendar, and plan to come out for the event. Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased online (here). We would also love it if you could print up a flyer and post it somewhere around town. We know you know people - help us reach them!
That's it right now... just a little snippet of the good I'm trying to do. I'd love to hear about the good things you're up to, 'cause I know they're awesome. Holla back with #do-goodery.