Our office did a fitbit step competition to promote teamwork, goal-setting and mental acuity in May, forming three teams. The teams highlighted three of the animals featured in our gift catalog: chickens, goats and piglets. As the month progressed, it was interesting to see how step counts increased to meet our own goals, help our own teams, foster encouragement, and some good-natured rivalry. I was one of the chickens.

And every day, somewhere in the world, your efforts and donations, combined with the others that you influence, impacts someone’s life.

The goats were ahead until the very end, when, in the surprising reveal June 2, the chickens scratched their way to a narrow lead. Late on May 31, having met my own step goals, I wondered, “What if 200 more steps might make a difference?” I figured it was a long shot, among the thousands of steps the chickens had to make up. But the more I thought about it, the more I believed that if my whole team thought the same, it just might. So between 11 and 12 pm on the 31st, I paced the floor, getting in 200 more steps.

In the final count, the chickens won by 158 points!

So what’s the point? It could have been my steps – but it could have just as easily been any of my team members’ steps that took us over the top.

All of us are part of the Outreach International Abolish Poverty team. And every day, somewhere in the world, your efforts and donations, combined with the others that you influence, impacts someone’s life. An orphan gets a meal; a family is able to buy land on which to have a home or garden; a community gets a well which radically improves their health. What if you were the one that made that happen? It might sound like a cliché, but I know it’s true: YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I firmly believe that. GO TEAM!

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Posted by Marsha Penrose, Development Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator