Over the last seventeen years, my sister, Jan and I have spent hours discussing various parenting challenges. One of our many lengthy conversations revolved around how the heck to encourage gratitude, kindness and compassion in our kids.
In early, 2014 Jan was explaining that her oldest daughter wanted to participate in a program that gives back to the community. What a perfect way to encourage our base values and Jan was thrilled! That is until she found out the program was exclusive and wasn't open to all.
During our conversation, she had an ah ha moment and decided she was going to start her own program to give daughters and mothers the opportunity to give back to our community in order to encourage kindness and compassion in our kids. As she had this realization, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of it. Although I don’t have a daughter, I have a son and knew that this program needed to be OPEN to everyone!!! No waiting lists, no age limits, no eligibility requirements at all! Just a desire to give back to our community. With that energy, we started planning monthly events beginning with a pet parade at a local senior condominium. It was a huge success and OPEN officially began.
As of July, 2014, we have successfully implemented monthly events and have enjoyed and learned so much from each one. We are so thankful for the community of OPEN families who have been a part of this journey and continue to give us energy and time and help make our kids wonderful!
What Open Kids are saying...
"When I do something nice for others, I think of Open."
"I don't want to make just one person happy. I want to make the world happy like Martin Luther King Jr."
"Open has changed my impression of what people really need and how I can really help - more than I thought."
"Doing Open events just makes me feel good"