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On Valentine's Day, 2009, people of all ages and backgrounds will disperse into the community to personally hand out roses to complete strangers living in rough conditions. This small gesture has the potential to change the lives of many people.
I am very passionate about improving my community and making it a move loving and peaceful place. I have worked with a larger number of young activist and being around them is usually very inspiring, but many times I see so many people whose hearts are in the right place pointing out everything that is bad or wrong with the world around us. While I do agree that there are many things that need to be “fixed” in my community, I also feel that there is a general lack of appreciation for all we have to be grateful for around us.
This project is designed to directly impact the “less fortunate” individuals in New Mexico. Senior citizens who may feel lonely and trapped in rest homes, young orphans who may be full of sorrow because they don’t have the loving family that so many others do, homeless men and women who are misunderstood and struggling to survive from day to day. The kind gesture of someone they’ve never met handing them a rose with a smile and showing compassion towards them will be enough to warm their hearts and let them know they are not forgotten in this world.
Indirectly, but just as strongly, this event will have a huge impact on all of the volunteers involved. Not only will those involved see that they have much more abundance in their lives than many others in their community, but the act of giving will cause them to realize that they can make a difference in someone else’s life, in turn making the world a better place. When individuals see what a tremendous impact they can have on others, they will be motivate to do more! In a study carried out by psychologist Paul Wink of Wellesley College, “giving in high school predicts good physical and mental health all the way into late adulthood” (Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Stephen Post, Ph. D. and Jill Neimark).