Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in 2017, this month marks our forty-eigth opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen.
It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. ~ Vincent Lombardi
This month I came across a story that seems so relevant especially now. Meet Ryan Hickman of Orange County, CA who at the tender age of seven started his own recycling company Ryan’s Recycling.
It became Ryan’s mission at a young age to help save the environment by collecting items that could easily be recycled. At eleven years old, Ryan is still going strong. His company and sponsors are working together to help make a difference and help people realize the importance of recycling. According to the rolling tally on his website, Ryan means business, to date he has accomplished the following: Recycled 1,369,595 Cans & Bottles , Recycled 149,977 Pounds, and raised $13365
for Pacific Marine Mammal Center and there is no sign of him slowing down. Goes to show that everyone has the ability to make a difference. Check out a CNN report on Ryan below.
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“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” ~ Jane Goodall