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Yellow Envelope Project: Pennsylvania
Some people move through life quietly and gracefully. They might never draw a ton of attention toward themselves, but they will almost always be noticed because of their willingness and their dependability. They get noticed because they shine.
I’ve never met this week’s winning nominee for the Yellow Envelope Project, but I feel like I know her. She is the person in our community who makes it feel like a kinder, gentler place to live. She is the person you assume you will see at weekly community meetings and that you undoubtedly miss when she is absent. She is the friendly face that immediately comes to mind when searching for a willing volunteer and who almost always figures out a way to help.
Whendy is the person in our communities on whom so many of us have come to count. Whendy shines. Take a look at what our nominator had to say about Whendy and then find out how, with 10 minutes and $0.44, you can help keep her spirit alive.
“I used to work with Whendy several years ago at a local, hometown newspaper. Whendy was the sports editor — a fairly nontraditional role for a woman in a smalltown neighborhood. She no longer works there; but now she is an English teacher at a local charter school (a school designed for students who struggle in the public school system). Recently, Whendy discovered she has breast cancer and has been fighting the battle with her family and friends’ support. This seems like the prime time to let Whendy know how much she shines. I have always admired Whendy for several reasons: As a former sports editor, Whendy made some wonderful connections with local high school coaches and athletes. She treated everyone with respect and became well-known around town for being so delightful to work with. Now, as a teacher, I’m sure she is respected in the same way by her students. Whendy is a mother of three boys between the ages of 7 and 14. I recall her always bragging about her boys and treating them well. She has invested so much time into raising them. All of her boys play Little League baseball and, in fact, Whendy is now president of the local Little League association. Whendy is just a good-hearted woman, funny, and caring. She is a very well-known woman in her community because of all the great things she does. She’s a wonderful mother and wife. She is surely someone who shines!”
Sports editor, English teacher, breast cancer, mother, daughter, wife, president of the Little League Association, and respected community member. How do we make sure that the spirit of this one incredible woman is reinforced? How do we make sure that Whendy wakes up next week motivated to keep on giving and to continue living a life that shines? How do we let her know that shining is worth the extra effort because people find inspiration in the passion she brings to life?
We flood Whendy’s mailbox with yellow envelopes. That’s how.
Flooding is easy. Write Whendy a short note letting her know why you think she shines. Seal it in a yellow envelope (or a white one decorated with yellow markers and stickers). Address it to the address listed below and then write the words, “Yellow Envelope Project” in the return address. Place a stamp on the envelope, and commit to mailing it sometime before next Saturday when we meet back here again to recognize another worthy recipient. That’s it.Whendy Keystone Charter School 428 S. Good Hope Rd. Greenville, PA 16125
If you are anything like me at all then sending Whendy a yellow envelope will be one of the most rewarding things you do all week. Try it and see if you don’t agree.
Shining off until Monday…
P.S. One of our readers suggested you consider sending us a picture of your yellow envelope signed and sealed (but not yet delivered). I like the idea, so if you want to participate send a picture of your addressed envelope to the following email address: [email protected]
We will feature them one day next week.