It’s hard to believe there are only a few days left in Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. The great part, though, is not only did we have a great week, but that EVERY week for my family is CHD Awareness Week! I wanted to send off the official CHD Awareness Week (and beyond) with a bang. My 32nd birthday is coming up on Feb 17th and I wanted to do 32 acts of kindness for my 32nd birthday, in an effort to continue to promote CHD Awareness. I’m calling it the 32 for 32 Project.
From Feb 14-17 I will be running all over the Charlotte area doing kind things for others. These include bringing bagels to the CVICU nurses at Levine Children’s Hospital, bringing donuts to the residents at the Ronald McDonald House, donating clothes to those in need, buying lunch for someone who is hungry, donating food to a food bank, thanking local firefighters, writing letters to special people, reading a book to a local kindergarten class, and the list goes on and on. With each act that I do, I will leave behind a little card explaining why I’m doing it, and it looks like this:
I have to say I am VERY excited about it. Please note, though, that this project isn’t about ME. It’s about my Nolan and ALL the heart kids in the Charlotte area and beyond. The whole point of this is to go above and beyond myself not to just help people who are hurting, but to make people aware of CHDs. So far, the response has been overwhelming. This past Friday an article appeared in our local free newspaper, the Union County Weekly about the 32 for 32 project…you can read it here: http://www.unioncountyweekly.com/news/2014/02/kindness-in-the-name-of-nolan/
I’ve also been contacted by a local news station, who wants to follow me on one of my excursions either Friday or Monday. I will also be talking with a local radio station as well. This is GREAT because it will provide a means for MORE people to hear about CHD Awareness!
This project has been a lot of work, but it’s been a lot of fun to plan. I know the 14th thru the 17th are going to be bonkers and I’ll be exhausted when it’s done, but it will be worth every single moment. My hope is that people will strive to do the same thing, no matter their age. Maybe you can’t do all those acts for your birthday….so instead, maybe you can do those acts of kindness throughout the year. That would be awesome: if everyone worked to do nice things for one another, think about how our world will be changed.
I am going to try my best to tweet all my stops using the hashtag #32for32 (@TeamNolan1) and I also plan to upload photos to Nolan’s facebook page as well (facebook.com/SupportTeamNolan). I want to send a big thank you to everyone for the support!