A story about holding hands

Do you find that many of our most eventful memories in life are in story-form? Maybe from childhood with a family member reading/telling your bedtime story, or a warm remembrance of an occasion that you and friends constantly re-tell at get-togethers?
We in Columbus shared a marvelous story recently, many times over, as told by Joel Diaz, who recently was verbally attacked while waiting in line for pizza by a bullying bigot.  To Joel’s defense came everyone else in the line, including the pizza stand staffers at Mikey’s Late Night Slice who ejected the offender with their refusal to serve to a hate-spewing homophobe who objected to his observation of…
two men holding hands!
Joel posted his story on his Facebook page, and the “likes” and “shares” comments truly went viral. Once HuffingtonPost picked it up Joel’s original post had been shared by over 900 other Facebook users.
Here is a mainstream media account from the New York Daily News,
and here is HuffingtonPost‘s.
So, the take-away of this story for me, and possibly for you, is that those of us who call Columbus home can be proud and inspired that we’re moving closer to the tipping point to reduce hatred and bigotry in our town.  When you hear of acts such as this, do you feel uplifted with hope?
This works for me!
And here at Columbus’ NPR broadcaster, WCBE, our story is called…
Holding Hands in
The details are below, but let me jump to the dessert first…
during the final 36 days of 2012, listeners who support 90.5 FM with their dollars as well as their ears made a total of $ 103,499 in donations to WCBE, which in turn leveraged Green B.E.A.N. Delivery to provide over a ton, 2190 pounds of fresh produce to Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
For me, this is yet another story that hammers home the generosity and passion of our neighbors in the 614. 
Last issue I wrote that “Triple-Bottom-Line is s-o-o-o-o 2011
in a cheeky manner of describing how a business does well by doing good in their practice not merely of commerce, but how they interact within their community.
These businesses place a higher priority on how to influence STAKEHOLDERS than to singularly profit shareholders.
Specifically, I described WCBE‘s ongoing partnership with the local business,
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery who for the third year  joined as our  partner and made an in-kind contribution- for each individual listener who made a donation to WCBE, Green B.E.A.N. donated two pounds of fresh produce to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, which in turn distributes much-demanded food to over 550 food pantries across central and eastern Ohio. All this is leveraged by the philanthropy of individual listeners making th at first step, calling or going online to donate.
So, how is the benefit-cycle quadruple?
1)  WCBE benefits by receiving listener’s gifts.
2)  The Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and food pantries, benefit by directly
     receiving fresh produce in early-January.
3)  Green B.E.A.N. Delivery benefits with the good will generated by their
     donation of fresh groceries mentioned in broadcasts on Columbus &
     central-Ohio’s NPR station.
4)  Each listener who donates benefits with the knowledge that their gift
    starts the cascade of further gifts in our community.

About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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1 Response to A story about holding hands

  1. Rachael says:

    What an inspiring true life revolution, right in my hometown! I am so proud to call Columbus home. The best part may be the wide scope of distribution that this story has enjoyed; I’ve seen this shared and referenced by such a variety of people!

    Great blog posting!!!


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