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Assets in Action: Help spread the joy for the next 50 days

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

While I don’t want to be divisive, congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their Super Bowl win! I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was excited to see them win the big game.

The win will be a huge sense of pride for the “City of Brotherly Love.” I also think that the nation could use a good underdog story.

Personally, I have been feeling like I need a positive to focus on and recently one came to mind.

As the Wilson Pickett song goes, “Late in the midnight hour,” when the brain winds down and there is a different kind of time to think, it hit me.

I took the idea to two sources I felt needed to approve the project and feel that it has passed the test.

You see, this April, a very dear person, Joy Handsberry would have turned 50 years old. Joy passed from cancer in November. We may have lost her this school year, but we will never lose the joy that Joy brought us. As a way to do that, I could use your help.

To demonstrate to her son Max the love for that still remains, I am asking people that ‘Do Facebook,’” to post a photo, a story or a reflection on her Facebook page for 50 days, every day starting Feb. 15.

I’m writing this early because I know around the 14th, folks may be too busy to read the paper or get online.

I am hoping anyone posts something once a day for each of the 50 days. The last day would end on what would have been her birthday, April 5. If you just need to post it, then go right ahead, even if we get 50 photos, reflections or stories, that would be great.

We can create 50 days of positivity for her son and friends to look forward to, what joy Joy would bring us all once again.

So, spread the word and if you don’t “do,” Facebook then send it to Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and we will get that done for you.

Take A Second, Make A Difference and you don’t even need to leave your seat. Will you join me?

I promise to report back to let you know how things are going.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Executive Director of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). You can reach them at 505-695-9139.