Virtual Wednesday – #TextforHumanity

by LaShanda Pitts
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On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Classy Living Society observed a Virtual Wednesday – a day to focus on a very important virtual community service event – sending text messages to first responders through Text for Humanity.   By way of history, Text for Humanity was created to counter online negativity by exchanging positive messages between strangers.  It is the world’s first texting switchboard that allows strangers to send and receive personal, positive text messages.  During Covid-19, however, they extended their service to allow anyone to send a message of gratitude to front line heroes.  Teamwork makes the dream work, as Text for Humanity is performing this worthwhile gesture in collaboration with Sinch, a communications company, and Mental Health America.

Through Text for Humanity, CLS members anonymously sent positive text messages to front line heroes and received a positive message in return.  What a way to make the world a little happier, one text at a time!  Virtual Wednesday was a huge success!

Text for Humanity’s philosophy is that although we are using our phones to communicate 24/7, we feel worse mentally – not happier. It must be working, because over 86,000 positive messages have been sent so far!  It’s time for our mobile phones to love us back.

Click on the links below for more information on Text for Humanity and Mental Health America.

Text for Humanity

Mental Health America

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

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Bettye Burney

O the joy of sharing #textforHumanity for ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’. I began sharing many texts of encouragement across the board and was blessed with a rebound of encouragement back to me, especially when I was told, ‘you are awesome’, which became encouragement for a well needed time. It was a thrilled to send texts back and forth. It was like I was making free throws and didn’t miss any, like passing the ball to my fellow players!!! Then along comes Corey Smith with so much knowledgeable information on mental illness which was overwhelming. She was great!!!! Much gained from… Read more »

Felicia

This was an amazing opportunity for me. Being able to send words of encouragement to others and receive it as well brought smiles and joy to my heart. Whether you know a person or not, kind words can go a long way. It doesn’t matter how much they say, its just the fact that it was nice and thoughtful.

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