Sponsored by author T.A. Barron and the Spark Goodness Program.
The summer can be a crazy time of year for us. This busyness makes it incredibly easy to think only of ourselves, but it’s so much more rewarding to do good things for others!
I really like it when people kids look up to do things to encourage them to be even more amazing kids. It’s one thing for parents to demonstrate and show their children how to give back. But when they see some of their favorite people encouraging individuals to bring good and light into the world, things like the #SparkGoodness campaign spread like wildfire on social media and throughout the community.
Creator of the popular Merlin book series that is currently being made into a film by Disney, as well as several other books for children, T.A. Barron is nearly as well known for his philanthropy as he is for his writing.
T.A. Barron is using is stories and efforts both off and online to help influence children to find their inner hero. Being one of his greatest desires, the #SparkGoodness campaign came to be. When people share, they are highlighted via Barron’s social media feeds and entered to win a monthly prize as well as a grand prize at the end of the year.
Creating Our Own Sparks of Goodness
We try to encourage our girls to give out Sparks when they see opportunities. It could be opening a door for a person, giving them a compliment or packing lunches for the lunch program through our church.
In our community, there is a huge need for meals and lunches for children that typically have them provided at school. We all shopped together and purchased the shelf stable items requested by the local ministry. Then we all went to our church and worked together to pack up part of these lunches. Together we all delivered the lunches to a church where they were later distributed in the community. Helping those less fortunate than us sparks so much goodness for those that need food and also instills the desire for the kids to continue doing more.
These Sparks of Goodness can be something that lifts a person up, like a note telling a young girl how awesome she is after having a not so good day. And, to be honest, not only did it warm one sister’s heart, but it warmed my momma heart and encouraged me to write a note to one of our other kiddos.
Works of Art
The amazing thing about Sparks is that they continue around. One spark leads to another which leads to a full on fire of doing nice things for other people. Contrary to how this looks, B is enjoying having her face painted by her big sister.
While visiting with their Grammi, the girls decided to bake and decorate cupcakes for their cousins and Grammi’s tennis group. It was a fun activity for them (baking and making homemade icing) and they were able to pass on their labor of love to other people that would enjoy them.
I spotted N cleaning up her cousin’s playroom. Sure, she helped make the mess, but she offered to clean it up all on her own. I spotted her organizing everything and putting it all back in it’s place. She actually did it repeatedly because my girls and their cousins kept making messes again and again. It didn’t spark the girls to clean up, but it was something she did for them, and more importantly so my sister didn’t feel the need to clean it up every night.
Music makes people smile. Even a kid “making music” on a brightly painted public piano. Make the music, sing the song and make people smile. B had several compliments and people that came up to her to tell her they enjoyed the music. Sparking Goodness is so easy and almost inherit in children, we just have to make sure we nurture it and keep it going. You can always get an electronic keyboard for home to let them practice and play a song.
These are just a few ways that we’ve sparked goodness and continue to try to be a light in the community, but there are so many other ways you can do it, too! T.A. Barron has 50 ways you can work together in your family to create summer sparks. Click on the image or the link below to see the full list.
50 Ways to Create Summer Sparks
Summer Sparks Tracker
Take this list and keep track of your sparks. These sparks generate hope and light in the world and tracking them helps you remember those light moments in the future.
T. A. Barron is challenging everybody to perform at least one spark of goodness, no matter how big or small, each week to help make the world a better place! Make sure you share how you are doing your own random acts of kindness and how impactful they can be in the community.
Once you’ve performed one or more acts of kindness, head over to SparkGoodness.com and let them know what amazing things you’ve done — every entry makes you eligible for the month’s #SparkGoodness prize in the year long contest!