The Positivity Project
Organized by: Geraldine Mercader-Maxwell
Last June 21, 2014, a week after graduating from high school, my late husband and I lost our only child, from a drowning accident. He was 18 years old. Friends, fellow students and his school had four memorials for him. From these memorials, I discovered how profoundly my son had impacted hundreds of lives, both young and old. People described his mind-set and attitude towards life as the epitome of positivity. He could spin any negative or unfortunate situation around and find something positive about it. People said his smile was magnetic and uplifting. He was a happy person and his friends never had a dull moment when they were with him. He was a genuine and devoted friend. He never missed a chance to help ANYBODY who needed his help. Being judgmental of anybody was not in his nature. Never did he bragged about his good deeds, either. His friends say that even though he was young, he had so much good wisdom that they wish they could have learned more from him. Even adults who knew him expressed admiration for his charismatic demeanor.
It is in keeping with this universal sentiment about my son's positive impact on people's lives that I decided to do this fundraising. Mother Teresa said that you don't have to go to India to help the needy. She said that we have to find our own Calcutta. I found mine at my doorstep.
After my son's death, I had pledged to myself that I will do one positive thing for anybody at least once a week, if not daily. And the opportunities for charity came, leaving me no time to grieve. Soon after the funeral, I found myself opening my home to 3 of my son's friends who have become homeless. They are in their early 20s and just asking to be given a break from constant hardship, so they can start their lives on their own. This is only the beginning. I have also come across other people who are also in need. To sustain this charitable effort, I am asking for your help. I plan to use this financial resource to assist those who have immediate needs and those whose needs are simple enough that they can be resolved quickly with minimal financial help. I have learned that people take drastic measures out of desperation, not because they're greedy for money, but because at the moment of their need, no matter how small, there is no one available nor able to lend a helping hand.
I invite you to join me in this campaign about "doing something good without the expectation of reward or recognition". Let's do this for the sheer pleasure of being nice or kind to our fellow human being. I hope I can count on your support. Let the positivity continue, in honor of my son. Thank you in advance.