We have all heard that phrase before. Now our team is living it. It began at when we represented Cradles to Crayons at the Alter Hall tabling event. At first the idea of soliciting donations was intimidating. I was worried that our actions were not enough to grab the attention of busy students.
After an hour, I decided to take a break and grab some coffee at Jazzman’s Cafe. I met with two friends and we started talking about the project. I explained where our donations were going and how it would make an impact on our community. I was not trying to convince them, I was just informing them. Then my friend took out $20 dollars from his pocket and told me “I know how homeless kids feel, my family and I suffered from it.”
I was stunned. You never know what someone has lived through. I said goodbye to him and walked to the table to continue the event. In that moment I realized how a powerful conversation could be better than displaying pictures of the homeless or handing out brochures for the organization
With that, I started making conversations with all the people who approach the table and it was one of the most humbling experiences. I noticed how people identified with our charity’s objectives. I felt how deeply emotional they became when they shared a personal story or if they knew someone who was homeless. That is kind of relationship we want to build.
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