It’s Been A Year Since This Mom Made Her Son’s Birthday Unforgettable
This is Colin. Last year, he told his mom Jennifer he didn’t want an 11th birthday party, because he didn’t have any friends, determined to give her son the celebration he deserved, Jennifer secretly made a Facebook page, asking everyone to wish her son a happy birthday. What happened next was so much more.
This was her original message on the page.
This fall, Don’t Be A Monster is teaming up with Colin’s Friends (a Facebook group that works to encourage peer-to-peer kindness) to talk to students about how they can Be The One. When someone intervenes when they see a peer being bullied, the bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time. We want to show students the incredible impact they can have when they Be The One.
Our Be The One video series tells stories about our own experiences, and how things could have been different. With new videos posted every Wednesday, we guarantee one of these stories will resonate with and inspire you.
Don’t Be A Monster is a national 501(c)(3) based out of Denver, CO. Our mission is simple: we want to educate and empower youth to be leaders in their school around diversity, inclusiveness, and show them how to stand up for their friends and peers.
People from all over the world wrote in to wish a little boy they’d never met a very special birthday. They mailed cards and even packages to a P.O. box set up by his mom, she managed to keep all the mail hidden in a storage unit until the big reveal. The Facebook page has over two million likes from people all across the globe.
Jennifer shares “Ask Colin” videos weekly, where people send in questions on random topics, and Colin answers them. She also keeps Colin’s friends updated on how and what he’s doing. Plus, she shares lots of family photos, and all the fun they have together. Colin’s classmates didn’t like him because he was “different,” but that’s exactly what Colin’s new friends love about him.
Colin’s compassionate personality inspired this “pay it forward” mentality. His family is encouraging people to perform random acts of kindness, and to make sure they wear a bow tie (because Colin loves wearing bow ties) while they do it. Jennifer wrote on the page, “On March 9th, they celebrated Colin’s 12th birthday, let’s make kindness go viral!”
Article posted on Mar. 7, 2015 by Stacey Grant for BuzzFeed.
Galvanized Souls was invited to be interviewed and perform live in the studio on KVTA 1590 AM radio Ventura. The hosts of a new radio show – “Girls On The Air” – heard about Galvanized Souls and how the band provides a message of anti-bullying. The theme of the radio show, which aired on December 6, 2014 at 1 PM PST, was anti-bullying.
We wrote the song in December 2013 about struggles people and our fans were going through, so they can be strong and Carry On and then found Colin who is a prime example of someone who can – Carry On! Galvanized Souls discussed their official music video for “Carry On” and how Colin, from Colin’s Friends, starred in the music video.
Galvanized Souls was able to perform two original songs live in the studio. They performed “Behind Green Eyes” and of course, as featured in this webisode, “Carry On.”
After the Stop The Silence Anti-Bullying Rally in Salisbury, NC earlier in the day, we spent a special evening with the organizers of Stop The Silence for a bonfire and barbecue. A gigantic bonfire we must say. We were honored to be invited to carry on the memory of Daniel Safrit and spread awareness about the horrific effects of bullying. We are partnering with Not In Our Town to be an UpStander and lend our voice to stop bullying.
Published on Oct 14, 2014
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