Tag: Kindness Changes Everything

5 ways you can make the world a better place in 2018

Anyone can change the world! All you need is a desire to help those in need. Below, we’ve outlined five ways you can start making the world a better place today. This year, start your journey to change the world and make it a better, more hopeful place to live.

1. Serve your community

Whether you live in the big city or a small town, there is need in your community. In every community, there are kids who need new shoes, families without enough to eat and people with declining health. Many of these needs go unseen, as those with them may keep it to themselves. So, how can you help? Contact your local chamber of commerce to learn how you can get involved with organizations serving needs in your community. You can also check out our events calendar to find a Convoy of Hope Community Event in your area at convoyofhope.org/events.

2. Volunteer with a national/international organization

Many national and international organizations offer various ways to volunteer. When you go to your favorite charity’s website, there will often be a page titled “volunteer” or “Get involved” that will outline how and where you can go to help. With Convoy of Hope, there are opportunities to volunteer with our Community Events and disaster responses all over the U.S. We also offer opportunities to volunteer at our World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, every Tuesday night.

3. Donate to support a cause you care about

Whatever you’re passionate about, there is probably a cause that helps those in need. At Convoy, we offer opportunities to support Women’s Empowerment, Children’s Feeding, the impoverished in rural America and even agricultural training to farmers in developing countries. Do some research about organizations that work in a field you care about. Supporting a cause doesn’t have to break the bank. Every donation — no matter how large or small — can make a huge difference. Through Convoy of Hope, just $10 can feed a child in need for an entire month.

4. Support brands that give back

When you go to the store, how do you choose which brands to buy — taste, price or packaging? Try thinking about how charitable they are. Convoy of Hope has great partners that are helping us spread hope and by supporting them, you can help support us! Brands like Plum Organics, Home Depot and Hormel Foods are just a few that help us give back to those in need. You can learn how your favorite brands give back on their websites.

5. Be an advocate

When you find an organization or cause you really care about, talk about it! Tweet it, share it and ‘gram it! Spread the word with your friends and families to help raise awareness and support your favorite organizations. We love to see supporters talk about us and share our posts. You can follow Convoy of Hope on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ConvoyofHope.

Let’s make 2018 the most hopeful year yet!

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World Kindness Day — How to live kindly

We’ve all heard the phrase, “kindness is contagious,” but sometimes it takes awhile to make it a habit. In the chaos of our everyday, it’s easy to overlook opportunities to show kindness to those around us.

Listen, and speak and act kindly to cultivate a routine and lifestyle of kindness. Here are some simple ways to live kindly on World Kindness Day and every day:

  • Listen well — A good listener makes people feel valuable. When in conversation, be attentive and genuine. Ask questions. Listen more than you speak.
  • Speak words of life — Your words are the most powerful object in your possession. Use them wisely, but generously. Take time to encourage those around you through your words. Pay a visit, make a phone call, write a note or send a text message.
  • Pay it forward — Practice paying forward the kindness you’ve received. Take a coworker to lunch, buy coffee for the person behind you in line, lend a helping hand or volunteer.

Be intentional with those around you — you can never show too much kindness.

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You’re walking, driving, working or somehow moving steadily along towards the next destination in your day and a small, quiet yet pervasive thought creeps into your mind: “help that person.” It happens to all of us. The person may be friend, family, co-worker or a stranger; and for some spontaneous reason, you have been presented with the notion to make one moment in their life a little bit easier.

Hal Donaldson, our president and co-founder, spoke to a group of Rotarians in Springfield, Mo., this week and he charged them as follows, “Seldom resist the impulse to do something kind.”

Next time you think you should be kind to someone, you’re probably right.

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When I was 2 years old, my dad, Hal Donaldson, and his brothers founded Convoy of Hope. Since then, Convoy has grown significantly and yet its foundation and core values have remained unchanged. For as long as I can remember, my parents instilled in my sisters and me the importance of demonstrating kindness, practicing generosity and serving those in need. Learning this at an early age has shaped us into the young women we are today. It has given us an understanding that Convoy of Hope is not what we are, but rather who we are as a family—the very core and mission of our daily lives.

Whether volunteering in the warehouse, distributing groceries at a community outreach, or traveling internationally, taking part in the work of Convoy of Hope has shown me what it means to put compassion into action. Every person I’ve encountered, every warm embrace I’ve shared and every tear shed while serving has helped to transform my life.

Even though poverty and malnutrition continue to threaten our global community, we cannot allow these harsh realities to paralyze us and deter us from action. Rather, we must offer lasting hope to those in desperate need of love and care.

As Convoy of Hope celebrates its 20th year anniversary, I am reminded that the organization has grown beyond its humble beginnings. Today it is a part of a global movement that is helping millions of people each year.

On behalf of my family—and all those who work so diligently—I want to thank you for partnering with us and believing in the mission of Convoy of Hope. Together, we can change the world one life at a time.

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From The Founders

In the video above we asked third and fourth graders two very important questions, “what is kindness and can you bust a move?”

In January, our co-founder and CEO, Hal Donaldson told Missouri’s leaders, “A year of kindness and compassion can absolutely change everything.” Here at Convoy of Hope, we adopted the idea as our theme for the entire year. At the beginning of February, our communications team decided we wanted to put it to the ultimate test—by spreading kindness.

We started by going on college campuses and giving students free hot chocolate, cookies and cards that read, “Kindness Changes Everything.” Many students asked, “What’s the catch?” In today’s society, rarely anything is “free.” When we explained we were simply there to spread kindness and encourage others to do the same, their reactions changed. Ellie, a student at Missouri State University agreed to our kindness challenge. “There’s never been a time that being kind made me feel bad,” she said. “People forget that we all go through the same things, so it’s important to be nice.”

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We continued this experiment at Drury University, Evangel University and Ozarks Technical Community College. We had similar responses everywhere we went. Rebecca, a senior at Drury received the treats and went on her way. Shortly after, she returned to our table. “You just don’t see something like this very often so I had to come back and say thank you,” she said. “I’ll definitely pass on the kindness.”

Our next goal was to share kindness with a local Title I school. “Title I” defines schools that qualify for federal aid based on higher percentages of disadvantaged children. We hosted a party for these kids at our World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., to simply give them the opportunity to let them have fun, be kids and get inspired about helping others. We did tours of our operations, brought in pizza and had a magician teach a lesson on character education. At the end, we surprised all the children with new shoes.

Many of the kids immediately put their shoes on and started dancing around. Their teacher explained to me that many of the kids only had one pair of shoes before today.

Another little girl was overheard saying, “Now I have shoes to wear for basketball!”

When it was time for the kids to leave, we gave them a similar challenge. “Go be kind.” The kids cheered and agreed they would practice the lessons they had learned and would help share kindness with others.

Over the past month, I have been personally moved by the responses to kindness in our community. As Mother Teresa once said, “Everyone can do something.” By making a small effort with a small group of people and encouraging them to pass it on, maybe kindness really can change everything.

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