Each month, we challenge our community to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. September's challenge? To connect.
Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for September? To connect with other people. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on GOOD.is and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:
Feed a homeless person.
I was pretty confident in my plan to accomplish this challenge. I'd intended on baking my killer homemade muffins for a homeless person I would find driving around South Los Angeles. I was sitting in traffic on my way to buy ingredients when the entire plan changed.
My eyes fixated on a young man in a beige shirt who couldn't have been older than 21. He was walking between the crowded lanes holding a cardboard sign that simply read: "Hungry." He looked terribly dehydrated as he staggered between cars.
At the store, I picked up prepared sandwiches, a bag of chips, two bottles of water, an assorted array of fresh fruit, almonds, bread, peanut butter, a bag of chocolate-covered pretzels, and a couple of plastic forks from the sample tables. I returned to the intersection and pulled over, prompting a chorus of honks from behind me.
"Hey," I yelled. "I have a bag full of food here I don't want. You want to take it?"
He walked toward my window and nodded. He thanked me twice, I told him to enjoy, and I drove away. I pass this intersection several times a week. Maybe next time, he'll get those homemade muffins I had planned on baking. I wonder if he'll eat everything in the bag. If I see him again, I'll make sure to switch it up a bit.
Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.
Tomorrow's challenge: Do something nice for a neighbor