Holiday Season: Small Acts, Big Difference

Here’s a small experiment for this year’s holiday season, and your invitation to join if you like:

Between now and the end of the year (2014) consider doing something special — something that you haven’t done before — to make a difference in the lives of others. Then post a 1 – 3 sentence story about it, below. (And if you have more than one story, you can post more than once!)

Then, let’s check back from time to time, and at the end of the year, and see what happens! 🙂
Thanks for all you do.

— Aryae

Rescuing Children from Forced Labor

From KarmaTube:

Stand With Sanju: Unraveling the Truth About Child Rug Labor
Where do those beautiful rugs you see in stores come from? Let Sanju explain their origin in her own voice. When Sanju was eleven years old, a broker took her from her home and forced Sanju into child labor. She had to weave knots daily from four in the morning until eight at night. Hungry and tired, Sanju watched as her cut hands become knobby from continuous knot-weaving, and wondered: was this what her life would always be? Two years ago, GoodWeave rescued Sanju. GoodWeave, a nonprofit organization that aims to end child labor in the rug industry, works tirelessly to free and educate hundreds of thousands of enslaved children. To stop child trafficking, GoodWeave encourages buyers to only purchase rugs with the GoodWeave label. Reunited with her parents, Sanju now goes to school, thanks to GoodWeave and people like you.

KarmaTube is dedicated to bringing inspirational stories to light, using the power of video and the Internet to multiply acts of kindness, beauty, and generosity.

Casa de Paz (House of Peace)

From KarmaTube, a project of ServiceSpace

A film by Michelle Moore.

36th Avenue in the Fruitvale district of East Oakland, California, is the turf of three major gangs. Yet the residents of Casa de Paz never lock their doors. Anchored by Pancho Ramos Stierle and Adelaja Simon, Casa de Paz is part of a group of several homes that form an intentional community of peace and nonviolence in an area rife with structural and physical violence. In order to serve their community, they live with the people – laugh with them, cry with them, and eat with them. They embody “giftivism” – practicing radical acts of generosity that changes the world, one heart, one home, one block at a time.

A Good Story Gets Better

homelessThe story of Glen James, a homeless man in Boston who found a backpack containing $42,000 in cash and travelers checks and then turned it into authorities, is developing into an even better tale.

An online fundraiser to collect money for James had raised nearly $64,000 as of 9:20 a.m. ET Wednesday.

The “Boston Homeless Man Reward” campaign was launched by Ethan Whittington of Midlothian, Va., who hasn’t met James, but felt compelled to see if other Good Samaritans would “help this man change his life.”

Complete story at npr