So I am so happy I could cry!
Back in November we were approached by the Dallas Cowboys after a news story ran on Emily's Smile Boxes. They suggested that we contact Rachel's Challenge to see if they could help spread Emily's boxes. Before I could even email Rachel's Challenge one of their fabulous members contacted us. A former superintendent of a school district in TX came out to meet with us. He was truly an inspiring individual who freely gives of his time to others. He was a bit teary when he said "Emily I hope someday my granddaughter is like you". I shed a few tears over that.
If you don't know the story of Rachel Scott the first victim in the Columbine shooting I beg you to read their families inspiring story http://www.rachelschallenge.org/LearnMore/WhatIsRC.php. We were truly honored to have such an amazing organization contact Emily. They explained they would like to partner with Emily and help her reach her goal of touching a million lives like their daughter Rachel did. The thought of Emily getting her boxes nationwide was overwhelming. We were a bit hesitant to get our hopes up since the radio station that promised to help her didn't pan out. However, Rachel's Challenge has followed through! As of yesterday they had blasted a challenge to their organizations signed up with them requesting they make Emily's Smile Boxes. I was already contacted by a middle school in Kentucky that has accepted the challenge. I am thrilled to see so many children helping their communities and learning about kindness.
In addition we learned today that Emily was a distinguished finalist in The Prudential Spirit of the community contest. I went online to see the state honoree winners and I was in awe. If you have the time go read about what these amazing kids have done at http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc/15089. They should inspire us all to be better people!
Jude is well! A bit of a cough, but well.