I get quite a few emails from readers.
Every once in a while, one of those emails will turn into a back and forth conversation that unexpectedly turns into a friendship.
And as a result, I have a couple Facebook friends who I “met” through the blog.
This happened a couple years ago with this really cool chick named Megan.
She lives in Louisiana, has four boys, is super smart and seriously funny, and I really like her. A lot.
Plus she has the same last name as me (we are not related), so, you know.
We Johnsons gotta stick together.
On another note, I also get requests from people to promote Kickstarter, Indiegogo and gofundme campaigns on a regular basis.
I ignore them because promoting them would annoy people.
Plus I don’t like most of the campaigns.
Anyway, back to my Facebook friend Megan.
Since we are Facebook friends, I see the stuff she posts on FB, obviously.
And right before I hopped into the shower this afternoon, I saw that she started a gofundme campaign to raise a little bit of money to help one of the teachers at her kid’s school start a vegetable garden. The funds go directly to the teacher.
She did not contact me about this.
She has no idea I’m even writing this blog post.
But every once in a while you see a cause and you totally believe in it, you know?
Helping young kids learn how to plant a garden and grow their own food, and teaching them a healthy and valuable life skill, plus doing anything that encourages kids to get outside and be active and do something that doesn’t require a charger or batteries is something I support 100%.
Plus, Megan’s awesome and she’s been through some tough times and it’s a Friday and it feels good to help people.
Especially good people.
So I thought to myself when I was in the shower,
I’m gonna write a blog post about this.
Because in the past few years, as you know, we went through some really rough times. People were really, really good to us. They raised money for us and gave us meals and sent us clothes and got Christmas gifts for the kids, and I vowed back then that when I found myself in the position to be able to help people out the way my family had been helped, that I was going to do it.
And, well, here I am. In a better place.
Besides that, it would be really, really cool if before the end of the day today she reached her goal.
Could you imagine how f*cking psyched she’d be if at 5:00 this afternoon on a Friday she logged into the campaign to see how the first day went and she had already reached her goal?
And how about the kids in that school? And the teacher??? How cool would it be for them to walk into the building on Monday morning and find out they were gonna be able to make their own garden?
I thought it would be nice if we came together as a community of moms and women and parents and supporters of children and real life learning, and helped this little school in Louisiana raise enough money to start a garden.
I know for me it would be a great way to end the week.
If you haven’t committed a random act of kindness in a while, here is your chance!
I just committed mine.
Now it’s your turn 🙂
Shandrick Tasby says
I’m the teacher at Megan’s kid’s school. Your blog post is pretty dang AWESOME!!! Megan and her husband have supported me since I mentioned the idea of a school/community garden. A teacher is nothing without community members who are willing to be there to support, encourage, and push them along the way. The Johnson family is so appreciated.