Today’s Fabulous Friday Female, Olivia Encarnacion, holds a very special place in my heart, as she is the daughter of a dear friend of mine, and a true inspiration for young people everywhere.
Olivia is really giving people “Food for Thought”.
In 2010 in order to teach the true meaning of Thanks & Giving (Thanksgiving) 5 year old Olivia and
her parents set out to help those less fortunate during this time of family and celebration.
The initial goal was to raise enough funds to feed four families with a complete Thanksgiving meal. But after Olivia spoke to her parents, they quickly came to the agreement to increase their goal to ten families.
Olivia’s philosophy was “If we are going to help people we should try to help more people”.
By the time the project was finished they had raised enough funds and collected enough food to feed 34 families a complete dinner for Thanksgiving followed in 2011 with 54 more. Unfortunately the devastation of hurricane Sandy in 2012 prevented them from running the project last year…but they are determined to make up for it in 2013!
In May of this year the Congressman Timothy Bishop requested that a US flag be raised and flown over the United State Capitol in Washington DC to honor Olivia in her commitment to community service.
Since the last Food For Thought Project Olivia and family have volunteered in other projects such as painting rooms at a children’s hospital and helping with the Halloween trick or trunk for less fortunate children as well as helping prep tables at a food pantry.
Olivia, now 7 years old, is expected to receive a special award from her school for going above and beyond in helping a fellow classmate, who has recently migrated to the US from Asia. She has helped her fellow classmate not only acclimate socially but also academically. Her parents Patricia and Joe both hold positions on the boards of advisors for the Junior League and
the Salvation Army, and are incredibly proud of the work their daughter is doing to help others in her community.
Olivia is now passing along this commitment to helping others to her 1 year old brother Lucas as they prepare for “Food For Thought 2013”.
So today I would like you to join me in honouring and celebrating Olivia and her family for her heart-centered and inspiring dedication to helping others around her…I hope that she inspires many other young children to be the change they wish to see in the world.
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
- Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU. …and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!