Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 is Random Acts of Kindness Day! We at Verilux are inspired by the random acts of kindness we’ve seen and heard about from various nonprofits, our consumers, as well as within our own walls. To celebrate this year, we are taking stock of some of our favorite recent acts of kindness and would love to hear from you about some of yours! Also, for details on our Random Acts of Kindness Day giveaway and how you can win, scroll down to the bottom of this page or visit us on facebook.
Our first favorite organization improving the lives of many women and children is Enchanted Makeovers. It’s an organization on a mission to “transform women and children’s shelters from surviving to thriving spaces,” based in Taylor, Michigan. Enchanted Makeovers staff and volunteers work their magic in shelters across the US using donated handmade crafts, original art, and DIY ingenuity. They create one-of-a-kind living environments that inspire women to discover, develop and celebrate what makes each of them a unique, valuable individual. Verilux is currently working with Enchanted Makeovers to bring healthy lighting and sanitizing solutions to their new headquarters, the Detroit Rescue Mission, as well as other upcoming shelter projects to be determined.
“Handmade is healing,” says Terry Grahl, Enchanted Makeovers founder. “When you receive something handmade, it has special meaning, because you know the giver took the time to make it for you, and you know there’s a bit of love in that gift. When you make something yourself, it may not be perfect, but you did it, and that gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride.”
And there are some exciting acts of kindness happening abroad, as well. Every day, a few minutes on either side of 6:00 p.m., when the sun goes down on the 31,000 residents of Cahabon, Guatemala, the majority of them enter a world of darkness that endures until the sun returns the following morning. With no electricity available and no money to buy even candles – let alone oil lamps or flashlights and batteries – the residents of Cahabon live 12-hour days that last 24 hours. Its location, as the crow flies, is about 85 miles northeast of the capital of Guatemala City, or just 15° north of the equator. For them, every day of the year brings just 12 hours of sunlight.
On one of her dozen humanitarian trips that began 15 years ago, Bonnie Tout recognized that for these Guatemalans, extended available light could translate into improved quality of life. Her solution was to take and distribute 60 solar rechargeable flashlights – and later another 96 – provided initially by another company and subsequently by Verilux, Inc., at a heavily reduced price.
“The flashlights have made an enormous difference in these people’s lives,” Tout
explained. “They extend the time people have to do chores, prepare meals, read, study, enjoy each other, and engage in activities that make an impoverished existence a bit more fulfilling and livable.”
Verilux solar flashlights are making a big difference in another part of the world, as well. Working with The Image Project, a Rush City, Minn.-based organization that “works to empower Maasai girls and women in Tanzania through education and economic opportunities,” Verilux donated solar rechargeable flashlights to help keep the students safe while walking at night, help them study at night, as well as light the way for the guard who watches over them.
“The girls absolutely loved the solar lights. The lights are used in the evening as the girls are studying, and we gave one to the guard who watches over the girls at night. He was thrilled, as you can see by the photo!” said Deb Pangerl, Executive Director of The Image Project. “I really appreciate all of your help on behalf of the girls involved at our school! Together we can make a difference in the world!”
Random Acts of Kindness Day Giveaway
Now, we want to hear about your favorite random act of kindness! Have you ever received an unexpected gesture of great kindness or witnessed one? Tell us about it on our facebook page to enter to win by either commenting on our Random Acts of Kindness Day post or just directly to our page. Three winners will be chosen at random to win a HappyLight Liberty 5k Natural Energy Lamp!* Keep it for yourself, or in the spirit of the day, donate it to a worthy person or organization!
*Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid US or Canadian shipping address. Enter by 5pm EST on February 18th.