The First Project: Hope 2 Haiti

Yesterday’s blog post was all about how Random Acts got its start. As part of my continuing series about this wonderful organization, I wanted to introduce you to their first project: Hope 2 Haiti.

When co-founder Misha Collins tweeted to his fans in early 2010, asking them to support relief efforts in Haiti through UNICEF, the response was overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that it inspired Misha and some friends to create Random Acts. Inspired by a woman named Bonite Affriany, Random Acts and its supporters helped create the Jacmel Children’s Center. This center serves as an orphanage and school for children displaced by the devastating hurricanes. This was the first tangible evidence of Random Acts’ impact in the world, and the combined efforts of hundreds of people.

Random Acts’ current project is Dreams 2 Acts: Nicaragua. Construction is already well underway on a beautiful free high school in San Juan del Sur. The school will help bring educational opportunities back to those who have been excluded from school through a variety of circumstances. Along with large-scale projects like these, Random Acts continues to provide financial support for a wide variety of acts of kindness all over the world.

Because I believe in the power of kindness, and because Random Acts inspires me so much, I have chosen to “donate” my birthday to the cause on I hope you’ll take a look at my fundraising page, and donate/share if you feel so moved. I like feeling like I can be a force for positive change in the world, and this is one of the ways I’ve chosen to do that. Please join me!

Misha Collins and the Tweet that Started It All

As a writer, I love a good backstory. And after I discovered Misha Collins and Random Acts, I wanted to know theirs. How did they get their start? What was the “defining moment” that put the wheels into motion?

Turns out, it was all about a tweet.

Misha Collins: The Man Behind Random Acts

Random Acts was co-founded by actor Misha Collins, best known as Castiel from the tv show Supernatural. Now, celebrities diving into charitable endeavors is certainly nothing new. But I wondered what motivated him into starting this. So, I did some digging.

I didn’t have to look far, because I quickly found this video:

There was just something about that collective positive energy–as harnessed by the internet–that really grabbed my attention. Sure, the internet is flooded with garbage “news” articles, trolls making unintelligent commentary, and worse. But this! This was proof that we could do better. It continues to be that proof.

Although there are many reasons why I admire and appreciate Random Acts, one of the things that keeps it close to my heart is the fact that it’s a place where that positive collective energy can go. We don’t have to sit idly by, shaking our heads at the negativity of others. We don’t have to just wish we could think of “something” we could do. Change is happening–here, and elsewhere–and they welcome all of us to be a part of it.

That’s why this year, I’m “donating” my birthday to Random Acts and their message. It’s my way of saying “thank you” to an organization that does so much, and inspires me and so many others to “conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time”. I hope you’ll visit their website to learn more about them. And if you like, make a small contribution through my CrowdRise birthday campaign. Together, we can change the world.

It’s already begun.