We would like to introduce Julie Ellison, a native of Chilton County, Alabama. What’s missing in our world today is kindness and compassion…this is where our sweet Julie comes to play. “No beauty shines better than that of a good heart” says Julie. She concludes that kindness is free and wants to “sprinkle that stuff everywhere.” Julie wants to make a positive impact on the world, starting off by bettering those in need in her community. There aren’t a lot of things you can do that can match the feeling you get when you help someone in need. She believes that we are together in this “thing called life” and as you know, it isn’t always an enjoyable ride. Julie understands that sometimes we will be down on our luck and need some help such as a break, a chance, or an opportunity. Sometimes, we just need someone to show us some compassion and kindness. Life can often be difficult, we all know this, and if each of us remembers to help others now and then, we’ll be doing our part in making life a bit more enjoyable for everyone.
Meet Rachel Davidson. Rachel comes from a family of 7 where she grew up in Middlesboro, Kentucky. She moved to Sweet Home Alabama 3 years ago and that’s when she saw a need in the Shelby County area. Rachel has a huge heart and believes when we give to others, whether it’s an act of kindness, generosity, or compassion, it helps us open our hearts to the world and each other. “We accept that in life there are challenges, and we meet these challenges with humility, patience, and compassion,” says Rachel. Rachel and her two best friends came up with the idea to build and help supply Food Pantries, Blessing Boxes, and Free Little Libraries in Columbiana, AL. Since the initiation of the nonprofit organization Rachel has found that 1 in 9 people (795 million) go to bed hungry every night. Roughly 43 million people are below poverty level and 22% of population of Columbiana, AL fall below poverty level. Rachel wants to tackle deficits in the community where insufficient funding has been an ongoing issue. She wants to fill the gap to make sure those who are hungry can find 24/7 access to food, clothing to those who are exposed to the elements, and help find shelter for the homeless. Rachel believes giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone.