I am still working on responding to so many of your truly inspiring emails and comments. Thanks so much. So many of you are planning to participate in June 15th’s Worldwide Day of Giving. I can’t wait. The more people you tell the more amazing this could be. Imagine if this goes completely viral and people all over the world are doing this. I will tape a short video explaining the Worldwide Day of Giving and post it on YouTube. Several of you have asked for tips on how to approach someone successfully; I will post some tips and other helpful information on www.yearofgiving.org and on my Facebook page.
Last Saturday I took a walk around the city and spent some time in front of the White House. I often take it for granted, but it is pretty amazing to be able to walk 10 blocks and sit and relax in front of our President’s home (ok, so sometimes it’s not all that relaxing with thousands of people taking photos). I found a man sitting on a bench and I approached him to participate in the Year of Giving. He was with a few other people and said he had to go. I was disappointed, because he was from Canada and I don’t have any Canadian recipients yet! (That’s ok, the Caps beat his team in hockey that night!)
Then I found Lindsay and Javier. If they didn’t know better they would have thought I was stalking them because we later found out that I almost ate lunch at the same place they did, instead I ate across the street. Anyway, the couple is from Portland and Javier was here attending a geography conference and brought his wife along and made a mini-vacation out of it while grandma and grandpa helped them out by watching their two children. They went to the National’s baseball game (I was also there…seriously I was not stalking them), toured the US Capitol, took a river cruise on the Potomac (I was also on the river boat…ok, not really, I just made that up), visited several museums, and then ended up sitting on a bench in front of the Obama’s pad at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This couple made me appreciate the city I live in so much. They were so impressed with how nice people were to them here. They talk about their impressions of the people of our nation’s capital on this video…which could almost be a commercial for Destination DC!
As for the $10, they plan to give it to one of the nice people that have helped them during their stay. I walked with them to look for a woman they told me about, “C. Thomas”, who works for DC’s Safety and Maintenance organization. She was no longer there, but they told me how she helped them earlier in the day and even gave them a hug when they left! I am going to write to that organization and tell them what an impression Ms. Thomas made on Lindsay and Javier!
We then walked over to the Metro station where we said goodbye and they headed back to their hotel in upper Northwest, DC. What a nice couple. I wish they lived here so they could be my friends.