I’m officially announcing my candidacy for President.
If I were running for President, I wouldn’t want to lose. Too costly. Plus I don’t really want to be President.
Have you heard the term “social good”? It’s something I believe in: using my social media powers for good. I’ve finally found a way to do that. Here’s my big announcement (details after the video).
flipflop wines and Soles4Souls.org have issued a blogger challenge: the Flippin’ Good! Deeds Challenge. It’s all about collecting shoes. Footwear is a first step in helping people in impoverished areas live healthy, productive lives. Footwear can help eliminate the spreading of diseases through the foot as well as help children obtain an education – as many schools have footwear requirements to attend. I’m going to spend the next month or so collecting as many shoes as I can. I’ll be sending them to the Soles4Soles warehouse in hopes of having one of the highest amounts of shoes in donation.
It’s a contest to see which blogger can collect the most shoes. If I make the top 5, I’ll make it to the final round. If I make it to the final round, I have a chance to accompany Soles4Souls on one of their international distribution trips. It’s no vacation. It’s a trip to a third world country. I’d love to gain that perspective and really help make a difference (and blog about it, of course).
How You Can Help
I need your help in lots of way. Here’s what you can do:
1. If you live in North Carolina (or close by), you can help by collecting shoes on my behalf. Whether it’s your church or your karate class or your workplace, every shoe counts. When the time comes, I will drive to you and pick up all the shoes! NC bloggers are awesome so I’d love to have an extra special reason to come visit you.
2. If you don’t live in North Carolina and you are still willing to help, you can collect too! I can send you boxes for collection and will pay for the shipping to the warehouse. Please let me know if you can help in this way and I will send you want you need!
3.Give me ideas! I’m totally putting myself outside of my comfort zone. I don’t like to ask people for anything. I’ll donate my own stuff all day long but it’s hard for me to ask others. What’s the best way to host a shoe drive? How do you think I can make the biggest impact?
I have to have all shoes to the warehouse by November 15th to be counted towards the challenge. Please help me make this happen!
Whether I Win or Lose
If I win, it’s a trip for 2 to one of the developing nations that Soles4Souls assists (excluding India and Africa). I would love to take one of you with me so that we can double our impact in the blogosphere. The trip would be sometime between February and December 2012.
If I lose, who cares? This isn’t a voting contest or popularity contest. It’s a challenge to provide shoes for those in need. Even if I’m not in the top 5, I’m still helping and that’s the important part.
My final plea for help? They announce the results on November 30th which just so happens to be my birthday. Wouldn’t that be a great present?