‘Choose love and kindness,’ Raleigh couple’s online campaign asks

(CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh couple strongly believes in Mark Twain’s quote, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

“America shouldn’t be a country filled with violence and anger,” said Alan Winchester, founder of Help Change America.

Winchester and his wife refuse to take a back seat.

“We’re very concerned about what’s going on in America today,” he said.

So, they started a campaign and the website Help Change America.

“On average, every single day there’s a mass shooting in America,” Alan said.

“In addition to that, Washington is broken and our politicians are fighting back and forth doing nothing, but finger pointing and disrespecting one another and not accomplishing anything.”

They’re not asking for donations, just online commitments to choose kindness in hopes of creating a ripple effect.

Winchester reads one of the pledges on their website. “I pledge to treat everyone as a friend and help those who need help.”

He says the mass shooting at a church in Southland Springs, Texas was their tipping point.

“We were both so crushed that we said, ‘We either have to stop complaining or do something about it.'”

To help spread the movement, the group is putting up billboards all over the Triangle that read, “Choose love and kindness, not violence and hatred.”

“Kindness has the ability of drawing people together, it not only affects the giver, but the receiver and the observer,” said Winchester.

“I pledge to smile every day. I pledge equality for all,” reads another pledge.

“America was built on a dream. We can do anything in America if we dream big enough,” said Alan.

They believe kindness is a choice.

Their goal is to get 100,000 commitments within the next six months and share those comments with our politicians. For more information on the Help Change America campaign and to leave your message, click here.

If you have a crowdfunding story, email CBS North Carolina’s Sharon Tazewell at stazewell@wncn.com.

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