“Spread good vibes.”
That’s always been my mantra. Approach the world with energy and positivity, contribute to the goodness around you, and you’ll enjoy a life that’s both fulfilling and fun. So when The Container Store hosted our annual Staff Meeting this year and invited Bert Jacobs, Chief Executive Optimist of Life is good©, to speak, my wife (who also works for the company) and I were thrilled to connect to a company with beliefs so similar to ours.
Bert explained that Life is good© had created a foundation with caregivers called Playmakers a few years back whose purpose was to heal children who had been the victims of severe trauma through “play therapy.” Each year they hosted a festival on a Boston farm whose profits went straight to the Life is good Kids Foundation, and this year they were challenging The Container Store to have a big impact on children’s lives.
So we went for it.
We emailed friends and family and explained the culture behind Life is good© and the purpose of the Foundation. We asked Facebook friends to donate anything they could spare, and when they donated they received a unique picture of our kitten Rufus thanking them with a “handwritten note.” (People on the internet love pictures of cats.)
We wrote blog entries, made phone calls, called in favors and rallied coworkers. After a short two weeks we raised almost $3,000, and when it was all said and done The Container Store surprised us with an all-expenses-covered trip to the Life is good© Festival in Boston. Two of our other colleagues also received trips! We were shocked, humbled, and proud. We simply couldn’t believe it.
When we got to the festival we were amazed at the happiness surrounding us. It came from everywhere – from the kids playing whiffle ball and adults playing frisbee, the music, the great local food and perfect Boston weather. More than anything, though, we were surprised by the wonderful employees and volunteers from Life is good©. They truly accommodated us and embodied the spirit of optimism and kindness. We were blessed to have an opportunity to have such an impact on so many lives, and even more blessed to be recognized for it.
We can’t wait for next year. ☺
- Steven Dandridge, Distribution Center (wife Laura works in Buying)