Charity finders is a group of Redstone employees who help raise donations for local charities.

One action can easily start a chain reaction. As we’ve seen with our Redstone Acts of Brightness, one small, kind gesture can lead to many more down the road. Redstone’s Charity Finders group is an example of how one moment can spark a movement. Here’s the story of Charity Finders, and how a few simple actions can create a ripple effect that helps our entire community.  

Discovering the Ripple Effect: The Charity Finders Story

March 20, 2017

Members of our Charity Finders group drop off donations to the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home.

One action can easily start a chain reaction. As we’ve seen with our Redstone Acts of Brightness, one small, kind gesture can lead to many more down the road.

Redstone’s Charity Finders group is an example of how one moment can spark a movement. Here’s the story of Charity Finders, and how a few simple actions can create a ripple effect that helps our entire community.

In 2012, our Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Wayne Sisco was inspired by his Leadership Huntsville/Madison County class. They visited local charities and discussed how just one idea can be like dropping a pebble in water—creating a ripple. This inspired him to bring his management team together to discuss how their division could help charities.

A month later, Redstone employees were meeting together to discuss different ways to support the community, from food drives to cooking and serving breakfast. Last year, Wayne’s “pebble” led to the creation of Charity Finders, an internal employee group devoted to helping charities throughout the Tennessee Valley and Middle Tennessee. Charity Finders now has over 30 members from 20 departments, who come together to help support charities of all kinds.

Redstone employees and Charity Finders members in their TADSAW shirts for Veterans Day.

One of Charity Finder's 2016 missions was to raise awareness and funds for TADSAW, an organization that trains service dogs for veterans. 

Over the past year, we’ve shared many heartwarming stories of how volunteering can lead to amazing moments. Here is one story employee Tammy Reynolds of our Compliance Department shared with Charity Finders, and we want to share with you.

Tammy (center) with Charity Finders members during a visit at First Stop.
Tammy recently dropped off donations from Redstone employees to veterans at the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home. She visited with many of the 150 residents there, and came back with such joyous stories. Here is one of those stories:

“A few rooms and a lot of smiles later, we introduce ourselves to another man. He greeted us in French, saying "Comment ce va?", which translates into "how is it going?" At first, I did not know what he was saying and had to ask him to repeat it.

And then it registered.  I took French for 4 years in high school and 2 years in college. Up until this point, I regretted that decision, thinking that Spanish would have served me better. I replied to him "tres bien, et tu?”, which is "very well and you?" I cannot fully describe his face and laughter. He was so excited that he began to joyously laugh and cry at the same time.

I thought my heart was going to explode and the tears spilled freely. After hearing his laughter and seeing the smile on this man's face, I instantly knew the years of French lessons were worth it. It was amazing how a few simple French words made his day. In that moment, I realized people just want to connect to others, and sometimes we can do that just by taking the time to listen!”

This is just one of the stories Tammy brought back with her after visiting the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home. Her story reflects how much impact one small gesture can have and the ways in which we can create a ripple effect. Imagine how happy you could make someone else today with one small act. How are you going to create your ripple effect? Share your story in a comment below.

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