A Smile a Day for 2017 - The Somewhere Out There Project
Organized by: Stephanie Lassen
You are guided by a force much greater than luck!
January 13, 2017
The Somewhere Out There Project has created a challenge for the year 2017. We want to share a smile every day for the new year!
For folks who may not have been with our project from the beginning, let me explain. In June 2014, I started a kindness project. When I first came up with the idea I had posted on Facebook that I wanted to start a kindness project of some kind. I bounced ideas around with my friends, deciding that I would want it to be something tangible, not digital. I felt like it would leave more of a mark on the recipients. Eventually I had a well rounded idea in the Somewhere Out There Project. I began crafting small wooden tokens with positive messages on them, and I called them smiles. My plan was to place the smiles everywhere I went, to document the placement with photos and to see how far we could reach and how many lives we could touch.
The project started with a small Kickstarter campaign that helped me get the funds to buy supplies for the tokens and handle shipping fees for those I sent them off to. The campaign made it only a couple of dollars over its goal, but by the time we had finished we had smile tokens going out to 4 continents and 11 countries! Supporters sent images of the smile tokens they placed and we had folks respond on the projects Facebook page who said they had found a smile of their very own! The project died down about a year later as I moved across the country and focused on work and my studies.
A couple of months ago I decided that we needed to revive the project, we needed to get back to that network of kindness we were building. People needed some positivity in their life, and we had a means to put it there, however small it may seem. I started crafting smiles again and posting the photos as before.
As 2016 comes to a close, there is a lot of fear and negativity out there today. In this time of turmoil, maybe we can be a beacon of hope. Such a small piece of kindness and caring, I want 2017 to be full of them! I want to raise enough funds to put out a smile every single day in 2017! These won't just be put out by me, they can also be put out by supporters and friends and family.
As a side project and perhaps a stretch goal for this campaign, I have been talking to some of the children's hospitals around the country. At the height of our original project I had been sending tokens and notes of support and courage to different children's hospitals, and getting to hear about the smiles we shared. When tragedy struck in places, I tried to send some out. There was a college campus shooting that year in Florida, I contacted the school administrator and sent tokens to be placed on campus. This is what I want for our project again! Every penny over our 'Smile A Day' plan will go towards makin these types of moments a reality. Join us, and lets share a smile today!
As a thank you to any supporters who donate $25 or more to the campaign, we will send out 5 smiles for you to put out in your community!