Hi! I hope you had a good week last week with something to smile about. I had a very busy week, a bit stressful, but there is always something out there, even if it is something small. This week, for me, it was pretty big, if not huge.
I belong to our local Lions Club. As the Lions Club does everywhere, we try to contribute to vision issues, but most of our funds go to help local people in our community. Our big fund raising event every year is our Penny Sale, an event that has been happening for over 65 years!
What is a Penny Sale? We solicit local businesses and get donations of items. The items can be anything, including coupons, little nick-knacks, etc. Individuals also donate stuff (I donated three books, The Fireborn, Seasons of Imagination and The Halley Branch, all signed by the author ;) ). The club itself also buys a lot of stuff. i think there must have been over a thousand items. There is also food and several other raffles.
The “penny” part of the Penny Sale is that a person can buy a sheet of 50 “chits”, or tickets, for 50 cents, s a penny each. They walk around and put tickets in the buckets representing the item they want. Maybe they’ll place a few in, but if they really want it, they may toss a bunch in. We then go through and do a random drawing for each item, one at a time. Since a single shit, or ticket, wins the prize, that prize cost a penny. Of course some people spend a lot of money on tickets, even $100 or more!
There are other parts of the fund raiser, such as special raffles, 50/50, food,etc., but the big draw is the Penny Sale. A lot of people show up year after year. It is a tradition.
On Saturday I helped set up, worked a few areas before the drawing and stood on stage shaking containers full of tickets (Kids come up with the prize and a bucket of tickets. I pour the contents of the bucket (carefully roving any prizes in the buckets, such as coupons) into a closed container. I shake very vigorously (people complain if I don’t shake so visibly it can’t be seen four states away). I then open the contain for the MC to draw the ticket. I send the container to another worker who waits for the kid to verify the winning ticket (if they don’t double check the tickets to ensure a match, people complain) then pours it out.)
I spent about three hours as a literal “mover and shaker” for our town. And then there was clean up.
It is a lot of work, but in the end it was a lot of fun and well worth it.
That was my Smile for the week, helping out in a charity fund raiser.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)
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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”