#50ACTSOFLOVE Campaign

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“Well darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable,
and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear.”
Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine

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This is my response to the Orlando shootings as a Christian and as a human being. I’m making a campaign in response to the deadly act of violence committed against  49 people at the Pulse Orlando night club in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, in Orldando, FL. How do you respond to such hatred? Such violence? Such darkness? You light it up. You light it up with love.

Light Up The Darkness With Love!

Let’s start a movement of people committed to honoring the lives of the people senselessly killed at the Pulse with 50 acts of love. Our acts of love will also honor those injured and can help support them and add to their healing, especially if you are close enough to give blood, hold a hand or be a listing ear.

Many of us are far from Orlando and lack ways to directly respond to Sunday morning’s violence and death, but the world where we live also needs our love. Communities across America and across the world produce mass shooters, hurting people, broken people, pain and darkness. Let’s light it up with our love.

We hurt with the victims of senseless hate and violence. We stand with our beautiful LGBTQ neighbors, friends and family against the hatred and violence that too often targets them. They deserve better and they deserve our support. We stand with our innocent Muslim friends, family and neighbors who now may be targeted for more hatred after the shooting. More hate is not the answer. 

Please feel free to share this graphic, use this graphic, spread it far and wide. Let’s all shine some light on the darkness!

Ideas for getting started with #50ACTSOFLOVE…

  1. give blood

  2. donate to a charity

  3. volunteer at a local school

  4. reach out to a long lost friend

  5. say something encouraging to someone

  6. help your child with their homework

  7. mow a neighbor’s yard

  8. pick up some neighborhood litter

  9. start recycling at home

  10. volunteer at a local food bank

  11. sit with a grieving friend or family member

  12. post a few positive articles on Facebook

  13. tell someone you love them

  14. send a greeting card to your grandparents

  15. find ways to support (too often homeless) LGBTQ teens

  16. find a local battered women’s shelter and donate time/money

  17. carry an extra $5 bill for the next street beggar who asks

  18. ask if your employer will match your charitable donation

  19. learn more about your Muslim friends and neighbors

  20. learn more about your LGBTQ friends and neighbors

  21. offer an apology you’ve been avoiding

  22. tell someone they’re beautiful today

  23. compliment a coworker on their job

  24. say thank you and mean it

  25. hold the door for someone at the coffee shop

Let’s open up our hearts, minds and imaginations to the potential of spreading love to everyone within our reach. Respond to the hate with love. Shine your light on the darkness. Believe in us.

AMDG, Todd

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