Do all the good you can – Shot@Life #Blogust 2015

Small things count, small things matter, the smallest of good deeds will never fall flat. I have taught this to my boys since before they could understand it. It’s what my mother taught me, that we should do all the good that we can, no matter how small. The problems of the world are many and yet children hold this boundless courage and innocence that allows them to think they can change the world. One small gesture at a time they go about doing good–a painting for mom, a fundraiser, collecting canned goods for the poor. Kids want to change the world, they see a need and naturally want to fill it, it’s up to us to nurture our small philanthropists and conservationists into adulthood so that their want to do good becomes second nature.

It’s actually the small things that are often remembered the most–holding the door open for the person behind you, a smile, a thoughtful word or a hug. It’s the small things that make the big things possible. We should never underestimate the difference we can make in the lives of others. Kids know this.

One of my favorite inspirational quotes to share with my boys has become a sort of family motto…

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – Unknown

 Blogust 2015

 A small, single, good deed can in fact change the world. Good deeds have a ripple effect, goodness spurs goodness: a single act can influence dozens more.

It’s been 4 years since my trip to Guatemala, where I was able to see first hand how vaccinations are saving children’s lives. My trip to Guatemala with Save the Children opened my eyes to the plight of the worlds children. To watch a child deteriorate due to diarrhea or struggle to breath from pneumonia is not only heartbreaking but preventable.  1.8 million children die each year from diarrhea, the second largest cause of global children mortality. Every year, 2.4 million children die from preventable diseases despite the availability of effective vaccines.  Through the month of August our small deeds will make a huge impact on children worldwide.

Shot@Life Blogust

Blogust is back for the fourth year and I’m beyond humbled and excited to be a part of this life saving campaign once again. We have the opportunity to turn our small gestures into something big, like saving a child’s life!

During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).

Please comment below to give a child a shot at life!

Learn more and connect with Shot@Life online,  join the #Blogust conversation on  Twitter and Facebook.


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  1. Linda B says

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences … and for your support of Blogust 2015 and SHOT@LIFE.

  2. says

    I don’t have children but I was a Special Education Teacher and reminded my student every single day that what you believe is what you achieve and that by changing their perceptions and perspective they could change their worlds. Thanks for participating in Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015, it’s great that comments will give one vaccine to a child that needs it!
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  3. Diane Glasgow says

    You’re SO right on!
    Warmly, Diane Glasgow
    Shot@Life Champion

  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    It;s so important to make sure kids are vaccinated against these deadly diseases. How great that you were able to help.

  5. Serena says

    I love that this is your family motto. Great words to live by!

  6. says

    This was an amazing read – you are a wonderful person, and I couldn’t stop smiling while I was reading this!

  7. says

    We take so much for granted living where we do. I can’t imagine my child dying from something as easy to treat as diarrhea or pneumonia! That’s why this initiative is so great. Thanks for being a part of it!
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  8. says

    What an amazing thing you’re teaching your kids! And even more amazing is this awesome program 😀 I’m all for helping children grow up into healthy, intelligent adults and providing them with basic healthcare during their formative years is paramount. Kudos to you and this whole organization!! 🙂
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  9. says

    I love reading your experiences in Guatemala and your family motto quote. children are amazing . They are the best in giving .Thank you for sharing and helping in this wonderful easy way to give a vaccine to children in need.

  10. Julie Marsh says

    Love your quote. The key words, I think, are “you can.” Because each of us can do something.

  11. Jenny says

    Lovely quote, thanks for sharing.

  12. says

    First of all Thank you for participating in a great program and sharing your story! I have neve hear of Blogust but I am glad I did today.
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  13. says

    WOW and what a positive uplifting program this sounds like! I have never heard of Blogust, so thank you for highlighting it today!

  14. Lynn J says

    I LOVE this SO much!!! Thank you for helping kids!!!

  15. Delores Van Horn says

    What a wonderful story – and what a wonderful mom to teach her children the true meaning of giving. Love the quote – plan to use it in other places.

  16. says

    I love this pic! My parents lived in Guatemala for 6 years and just moved home. Our family had the chance to visit them and get to know the amazing people there. I love that Blogust helps kids all the way from Guatemala to Ghana and everywhere in between and beyond. It truly is the simple things, like leaving a simple comment, that make big things possible. Love your quote and the thoughts in this post.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This sounds like an amazing campaigne. I will have to look into how i ca help.

  18. Nicole says

    Perfect family motto!!

  19. CourtneyLynne says

    What an amazing campaign to be part of!! Vaccines are so important. They save so many lives 🙂

  20. Rebecca Swenor says

    This is an awesome way to donate with every comment etc. which helps so many people. Kudos to Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages for donating so many shots. Thanks for sharing.

  21. says

    Way to take a stand for what you believe in, and you are living and proving that vaccines are beneficial! Way to go!

  22. says

    Such a great quote! And, love small things matter, too! 🙂

  23. Christine Crank says

    This is a good way to do good by sending polio vaccines to kids who need them!

  24. Emma says

    Thank you – really good reminder.


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