Marquette woman aims for 1 million acts on 'Spread Goodness Day'

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MARQUETTE -- For Anna Dravaland, making a difference in the world started with one small idea.

"I wanted one day to invite the whole world to do one act of goodness, whether it was opening a door for someone, or smiling when you're not in the mood, or picking up a piece of garbage, or buying a coffee. Or, going bigger, and doing an event that really makes an impact on the community," Anna said.

And so, she decided that March 9th would be the first ever Spread Goodness Day. Though, was set back when she suffered from a stroke in November. 

But with a lot of healing and determination, she's back on track.

Anna added, "I have the right side of my body back. I can use my legs, I can talk again. Level by level and step by step, that's still the life I'm living.

So far her initiative has already made an impact on the Marquette community.

"When Anna presented it to me, I thought, well I own a flower shop. I can brighten somebody's day," said Sarah Balding, owner of Forsbergs A New Leaf.

And so, Forsbergs collaborated with other businesses and salons to give away a Spread Goodness Day package - and are currently accepting nominees.

But maybe you'd like to come up with your own act of goodness...

One way to get involved would be to come to the Children's Museum on March 9th, where the group 40 Below is hosting their Birthday Bagging bash just for Spread Goodness Day.

Marina Dupler, a 40 Below board member, explained, "Our members will come together to stuff 100 birthday bags to be given to the Salvation Army for kids in need. And the bags will be stuffed with everything you need to celebrate a birthday. So, cake mix, frosting, a candle, a book...And then we've had some fun add ins from the community. The Children's Museum is giving away day passes to the museum, and some other fun things as well."

Need some more ideas on how to get started?

Dupler added, "Well I think the beauty of Spread Goodness Day is you can do anything, or everything. You can just to something nice for someone, or you can take on a little more of initiative with something like this."

"At the end of the day, I want people to feel empowered by one action. Because when one person does somehting, and then 100 people do it on that day, and then 1,000 people do it on that day, then you realize the difference you can make," Anna added.

The goal is to record 1 million acts of goodness. Spread Goodness Day is still in need of sponsors, and of course, participants. Learn more on their website by clicking here.

 


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