We love it when people rally together to support kids! And Ashley C. Ford, aka @iSmashFizzle, did just that with a single tweet. In December 2016, the New York-based writer was inspired by a story about school lunch debts. In response, she challenged her Twitter followers to “do a cool thing” and donate to schools in order to help families and kids who couldn’t afford school lunch.Two months later, that single tweet has led to hundreds of people across the country donating in their communities, totaling $139,000 as of February 1st. Talk about the power of social media! Way to go, Ashley!
A cool thing you can do today is try to find out which of your local schools have kids with overdue lunch accounts and pay them off. Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) December 6, 2016
“I wanted it to help anybody in need of a meal,” Ford told TODAY.
If a particular school or district doesn’t have any lunch debt, find anther way to help kids, she suggested.
“Figure out what the kids need instead. Do the students need extra uniforms? Something else? It's mostly about finding something that you can do locally to help the most vulnerable members of your community," she said. "That’s what I wanted people to do.”
Ford’s impact on schools has been felt in schools across the country.