YOU GOTTA SALUTE Anna Dravland. She is one persistent lady.
She’s ramping up for the second annual Spread Goodness Day March 15th. It was an idea she had been mulling over for a few years–encouraging people to do good things for each other–and she actually brought it to reality last year.
This, in spite of the fact that she had suffered a debilitating stroke only about four months before the inaugural Spread Goodness Day.
She never gave up on her dream which eventually resulted in a documented 10,000 acts of goodness. They were projects, large and small. Helping neighbors, friends, strangers. Making the world a happier, kinder place.
And now, in two weeks, it happens again.
“It’s still a new event so we’re still teaching people about it,” Dravland says. “But this year, we’re emphasizing that it’s not just Marquette. We want it to spread all over the world.”
Naive? No. Ambitious and full of faith? Absolutely.
And she’s finding more and more help every day. Sponsors already lined up: Bennett Media, WLUC TV, The Mining Journal, Radio Results Network, Look Realty:Steve Pelto, Travel Marquette, Ojibwa Casino, Super One, Edward Jones, and others.
Actually, she’s needed the help in a very serious way because she’s never fully recovered from her stroke, physically or mentally. Simple tasks like walking, talking, and staying awake are sometimes still a challenge.
She can’t hold a job, she’s had to ask the community for help with housing.
And yet she soldiers on, asking…pleading with all of us to just be kinder to each other, for at least one day a year.
A simple enough request, from a courageous, young woman who could use a little luck…and kindness…herself.