Fantastic Friday: Make a Difference

Happy birthday, but there is no cake.

But, Lexington, Kentucky altruist Ashley Boydgan is making a difference in the lives of children who face live threatening illnesses and/or children whose families face economic hardship and cannot afford even the birthday cake.  Ashley was profiled by reporter John Yang and anchor Brian Williams on the NBC show Making A Difference for the caring project she started, Sweet Blessings, to support these children by sweetening their day with artistic, customized cakes.

“I was supposed to spend more time making a difference and less time making a living,” says Ashley Boydgan.  The group who works with her to bake and decorate the cakes for special children and families around Kentucky who apply for these cakes do not get to meet the recipients-that does not make a difference. What does make a difference is the giving; the work that they do to add smiles and lighten the load.

Make someone else happier today – look for ways to give others a reason to smile. Make a difference.

 

Fantastic Friday

Crystal Forrester, a mother of three children, is an angel to grieving parents. This Gainesville, Georgia woman has a compassionate heart to serve others in spite of her hectic schedule which includes working part-time delivering pizza for Domino’s.  Forrester started a charity called Charlie’s Little Angels.  “If a child passes away and the parents can’t afford to pay for their funeral, we will come in and help them out, buying headstones, donating coffins.”

Fantastic, sympathetic, sensitive, servant – these are just a few words I would use to describe Crystal. To step in and help heal a family’s grief when one of their children ascends is an incredible good deed that deserves recognition.  Be sure that recognition is not important to Forrester at all, but others notice her generous heart and feel that her acts of kindness deserve a spotlight or two.

Crystal Forrester is a fantastic woman who deserves praise on Fantastic Friday. Read her story: For more information on Charlie’s Little Angels here’s their web site, www.charlieslittleangels.org.

(Let me know about someone you think is fantastic and I will post their story here on Fantastic Friday. Let’s celebrate and honor what is Fantastic in each other.)

Choose to live and give

“Don’t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people.
Don’t tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children.
Don’t preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors.
In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give.”
   ~ Cory BookerMayor of Newark, N.J.