• 09Apr

    Modern Kindness: 9 Day-Brightening Stories of Generosity

    http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Modern-Kindness-Stories-of-Generosity?SiteID=cnn_0407_hp_generositytales&hpt=hp_bn16

    Here’s just one of the stories. I didn’t know about HopeMob.org:
    Choreographed Hope, Brought to You by HopeMob

    “If Mother Teresa built a platform with the tech base of Groupon, Foursquare and Netflix, with the heart of CNN Heroes, it would look like HopeMob.” Intriguing, right? According to Caitlin Crosby, writing for the Huffington Post, HopeMob is an innovative way to reach out to specific people in need, and one that promises to be more satisfying than writing a check to big charity, never knowing exactly what your money is being used for. With HopeMob, individuals can vote on which people to help and pledge as much or as little as they like to the selected cause.

    The causes are usually small-scale stories. To me, this is exactly what makes HopeMob so compelling. When I think about big, abstract issues like hunger or deforestation, my mind starts to blank out. But a 13-year-old boy with one tattered pair of shoes who needs help getting more suitable footwear—that I can understand. A mother of four whose car has died. A little girl in Haiti who needs to get to the U.S. for life-saving surgery.

    HopeMob may not be as hilarious as, say, a 20,000-person flash mob dancing to the Black Eyed Peas, but it provides that same feeling of “That is the coolest thing ever!”—that sense of being a part of something special. Learn more about HopeMob and how to get involved here at HopeMob.org

    Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Modern-Kindness-Stories-of-Generosity/3#ixzz1rXbiBMuw