Bottom line: I have incredible friends. Those who not only work hard towards bettering themselves, but thrive off of making others feel just as important. Ronald McDonald House, Girls on the Run, and Back on my Feet are just a few of the charitable organizations within which some of my favorites belong. I’ve always wanted to get involved in community activities such as these, but had never found a good outlet to do so. That was until I heard that my friends Meggie & Pete were recruiting a “squad” of people to participate in their very own home-grown project.
I already know what your first question is: What is a sussy? A sussy is a gift given for no reason. In other words, a gift given for the sole purpose of making someone smile. A gift. A letter. A whatever. I don’t know about you, but I always welcome a sussy. Especially when it’s unexpected.
The Sussy Project spawned from two people who wanted to start spreading smiles (in the form of sussies) to anyone and everyone. The concept is simple. First, we ask for nominations from people who are looking to provide recognition to someone who is deserving. For whatever reason! Maybe they did a good deed. Maybe they just experienced loss. Or maybe they just need a pick me up during a tough time. It can be anything, anytime, anywhere. Once the nomination is received, we reach out to both parties and proceed with sussy distribution based on recommendations from the nominator. Common sussies include gift cards, gas cards, or flowers, though the sussy possibilities are endless and often individualized. The only stipulation is that gifts are kept to $20. Once the decision process is complete, and the sussies have been delivered, we blog about it on our website. Fun, right?
When I first heard about this project, I was definitely intrigued. But as soon as I started reading about all the greatness they were spreading, I was hooked. One of my favorite posts was Sussy Day, where M & P anonymously set up camp inside a downtown Starbucks and bought coffee upon coffee for unsuspecting customers. The receiver reactions were priceless. But the effects on the givers were what warmed my heart. Since their debut last summer, they have made some amazing impacts on lives (have you heard about Avery’s Bucket List? This is the big time, people.)
You may notice I’ve been describing this project using the word “we” and “our” quite a bit. Though I wish I could, there is no way I could take credit for this brilliant idea. Big props to M & P. However, I am fortunate enough to be a small part of it, in the form of a Sussy Squad member. In fact, I just blogged about my first sussy nomination today. An experience unlike any other. Nerve-wracking at first, as I wanted everything to be perfect from the outgoing emails to the nominee response. But once all was said and done, the satisfaction was ohso worth it. What makes me the most happy is that something so small can produce a reaction so big.
So I encourage you to take a look at the blog and read about the various past sussy recipients. Then think of someone YOU’D like to nominate. It’s SO much fun, trust me. Again, what is better than a sussy and a smile?? I promise you’ll sign off with a smile on YOUR face. Consider it a sussy from ME 😉