I wanted to share an awesome thing that has recently happened within Mission Change and Girl Talk! I was speaking with the local chapter of Girl Talk at Deerfield Upper Campus, and a high schooler approached by by the name of Caroline Holley. She had applied for a grant that would help her do something positive in her community. She struggled on what she should do with the grant and how she could make a lasting impact. As I spoke to the girls that day, I shared about our sweet kids in the park at First and Davis. I shared about the park being pretty bare as far as playground equipment and places to sit.
I didn't know it at the time, but Caroline, and her leader, Debbie Lentz, made eye contact with excitement as I shared different stories about the kids. Little did I know that Caroline decided then and there to build picnic tables to put in the park for the kids and their families to enjoy. Not one or two tables...but 4! I could not stop smiling and neither could she!
A few weeks later, we met at the park and some great guys that work at the school brought the tables...in the rain...put them out for us... dug the holes, put the concrete in, and made sure that Caroline's tables were beautifully placed in the park. She even jumped in there and helped fill the holes with concrete... in the rain! It was a great afternoon despite the weather. Families were coming out to ask what in the world was going on... they were super excited that someone cared enought to place tables in a neighborhood that goes un-noticed most of the time. it was awesome.
My reason for sharing this story? To show that it doesn't matter how old you are...or where you're from... everyone has a talent, has an idea, and can make a difference in their own backyard. Caroline did. And you can too! Bring your ideas to life! Don't sit and wait for someone else to do something good... be a leader. Be the change. Be the light. That's why we are on this earth... to be the LOVE.