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Sweet Idea! Using Chocolate to Create Compassion

Posted: 02/27/2012 10:28 pm

For all of you who think doing a good deed takes too much time, money or energy -- let me introduce you to Gretchen Burley's latest GIG SPARK video. Gretchen shows us that warming up the hearts of strangers in our community is as simple as sharing a cup of hot chocolate.

Gretchen bundled up, made hot chocolate and battled the chilly conditions in Downtown Detroit, Michigan to warm up the hearts of the homeless.

Way to go Gretchen -- thanks for showing us how simply sweet it is to give a little and get a lot in return.

We hope this video inspires you to do something nice for someone in your community in the next 24 hours.

*Several GIG SPARK participants told me that they witnessed a shift happen inside of them, an indescribable joy that comes with giving with no strings attached.

Gigster: Gretchen Burley
Where: Detroit, Michigan
Spark: Giving hot chocolate to the homeless on a cold winter's day.
Your Turn: What thoughtful deed would warm the hearts of others? Do it and share with us. We may just share your GIG SPARK video with the world!


FEELING INSPIRED? Join the GIG SPARK movement! Make your own GIG SPARK:

WHAT'S A GIG Spark & CREATE your own!

As a part of GoInspireGo's mission to inspire our viewers to discover their power, we've joined forces with Youth Service America (YSA), Lil' MDGs and Miley Cyrus' "Get Ur Good On" to bring you GIG Spark: A Lesson on Compassion.

A "GIG Spark" is a short 1-1:30 minute video that inspires viewers to take action and help others after they've watched the video. The video will feature you showing and telling viewers what you want them to do on video. It's simple, quick and can generate inspiration for others! The goal: a fun, easy way to inspire action.


We're inviting YOU and your community (school, organization, friends, etc.) to use your passion and creativity to produce a "GIG Spark" and inspire viewers with your story. This is for anyone who can shoot and edit short videos. Get Started on a GIG Spark now.

Inspiration can be fun and infectious! We believe in the power of small acts and using technology to crowdsource ideas, capture it on video, spread the word online, and inspire immediate action. We know that people (especially youth) care and want to do something good for others, but just don't know how. So why not teach compassion to kids and adults in your life? This is a quick way for you to use your power to spark civic engagement and inspire a small ripple of kindness that will create a domino effect...

We can't wait to see inspiring acts popping up all over the state, country, and world! What can YOU do?

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