You are sitting outside a coffee shop and a car breaks down right in front of you. The driver is flustered and unsure what to do. What would your response be? Ignore the situation or offer to lend a hand? For many people the only option is to help. Diagnose the problem, help with the fix, and send the weary traveler on their way with a smile.
This scenario actually happened to Ed Stone and he chose to help. He is the handyman of helping people. Ed does it all, whether that be delivering a fresh meal, fixing a light bulb, comforting a person after the loss of a loved one or taking in a homeless man until he can find proper accommodations.
When Common Kindness, a company that promotes kindness across the country sought nominations for a Cabot Community Celebrity, the community Ed has worked hard to better returned the favor by nominating him.
Cindy Kollias also volunteers wherever she is needed. Whether at her daughter’s school or with the local Girl Scout troop. She dedicates her time when she sees a need and hopes to help prepare children for any number of life lessons they will come across as the grow up. Cindy was nominated as a Cabot Community Celebrity by Volunteer Spot, who help volunteers organize activities, like the events Cindy puts together for students and teachers at her school.
Cindy and Ed’s volunteerism may seem small on the surface but as those acts of kindness add up, communities change for the better and people’s lives turn brighter. Children are shown a better way to help their friends, a person down on their luck is given an opportunity to succeed, and that flustered driver gets back on the road full of thanks for a random act of kindness.
As Ed likes to say, “Acts are facts and that there is a fact. If everybody did a little bit, nobody would have to do a lot.”
The farm families who own Cabot often volunteer in the communities in which they live and they hope to inspire others to do the same. The Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise was created to honor outstanding individuals in communities across the country committed to changing lives for the better. Over the next few months we will put the spotlight on these celebrities, who can inspire us all into action.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative and their partners are working to evolve the notion of celebrity as recognition of community service and volunteerism. The 1200 farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative are often the first to volunteer in their own communities and that spirit of giving back permeates all we do. The Cabot Community Celebrities, along with our Reward Volunteers program, and the traveling Cabot Gratitude Grille illustrate the many ways our dairy farm families honor, amplify, and reward those who give time to do good. Even simple acts can lead to big change. We are proud to work with sponsors such as AARP/Create the Good, National Cooperative Bank and the Points of Light’s Hands on Network to celebrate these good people for their good deeds and build networks of help that can last a lifetime.