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Never too late to spread goodness

It’s not too late. Heck, it’s never too late to do good.

Friday was a special day for that, Spread Goodness Day, launched by local resident Anna Dravland but reaching much farther than just Superiorland.

This nonprofit event inspires a global day of simple goodness by encouraging individuals, schools and organizations to show how a single act of kindness can multiply many times.

The simplicity of the event is just collecting people’s energy with one day to show how much they can change the world with their actions, Anna Dravland of Marquette, the founder of the event, told Mining Journal staff writer Christie Bleck in a story this week.

“Once you get involved with it and you get exposed to it, you’ll see the value to the community,” Dravland said.

Locally, Spread Goodness Day has caught, with events such as the Pi(e) Smash 2020, which featured pies thrown at local celebrities at Iron Bay Restaurant & Drinkery, along with the Peace Pie Company.

One especially heartwarming Spread Goodness event was from Connect Marquette, which is doing an “Every Kid Deserves a Birthday Bash.” Connect Marquette has connected with the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum to gather donations and fill 100 bags of goodies with things kids need for a birthday party. The Salvation Army in Marquette then distributes them to 100 low-income families.

Dravland stressed that goodness can be spread in unique ways on any day.

“To see people do it in their way is really cool because everything’s always more powerful when it’s natural for people,” Dravland said.

It doesn’t even need to be done in public.

“At the end of the day, you can do it at home,” Dravland said in the story.

“You can think of how simple it is to maybe say, ‘Well, I can’t get out of the house. How can I bring a little more goodness into my home today?'”

Facing a global pandemic, small good deeds may seem a bit futile, but we know through experience, bringing a little light to others makes the world a better place. Even if it is by helping others to smile, one person at a time, it’s a way to brighten up the planet.

Thanks to Anna Dravland for launching Spread Goodness Day and thanks to all who took a minute to participate.

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