Saturday, February 18, 2012
We Can All Be Heroes
A few years ago, a couple of friends of mine created a truly amazing website to help facilitate connections between people who had needs and people who were willing to help. The site is called Wish Upon A Hero (www.wishuponahero.com). Amazingly, in that short amount of time, over 88,000 wishes have been granted! Today I registered on the site and granted my first wish.
The site lists thousands of wishes from people all over the world with needs from as small as baby formula or used clothing to as large as a car. You can search by type of need, dollar amount, geographic region, age of recipient, and a host of other criteria to select a wish that fits your desire or ability to help. The site then enables you to connect directly with the person in need and to grant the wish. Those who grant wishes are called Heroes.
As I looked through the wishes and read comments from wishers and Heroes, I was struck by how much generosity exists in the world. Too often we hear about all the bad stuff when, in fact, all around us there are so many people with so much compassion and willingness to help others. The internet, and a site like this in particular, enables people to find each other more easily so that this generosity can play out on a broad scale. Taking a moment to check out the site will renew your faith in humankind. I'll definitely be going back often.