Mimi Golding is someone I admire. We used to work together, but it wasn’t until we both left that organization I realized who she really is.
If I want to know what’s going on in my city, I check Mimi’s Facebook feed. That woman is connected with everyone and everything, it seems. While she specializes in promoting new businesses in her own neighbourhood, she also knows about mine. My new favourite restaurant is a little Mexican taqueria I found because of one of Mimi’s posts.
What I most love about her however, is how she is aware of people and many of their needs. She is constantly posting updates about various charities in our city, aware of what they need. She’ll pick up donations and deliver them to the organizations she knows is looking for just that thing. You’ll never get a phone call about donations but if you have something to give away, Mimi most likely knows of a charitable organization who needs exactly that. She pays attention.
And she gives of her time in other ways. One thing she does is create Clean Kits. With the help of material donations, Mimi has knit nearly 750 facecloths this year, and with every facecloth she adds soap and shampoo. If possible, she’ll also add toothbrushes and toothpaste–simple dignities that many of us take for granted. Then she delivers them to organizations who hand them out to clients. She is helped in this work by her children, who are learning to be as socially aware as she is.
A small thing. A huge impact. I respect her so much. She’s very quietly challenged me to think about who I am.
If you’re in my city, please consider helping her do this work. If you’re not in my city, perhaps you can do what she does for the people in your community. In either case, check out her website. It gives you the basics of what she does, why she does it, and how you can help.
Today in the comments, give a shout out to the Mimi’s in your world. We need to hear about them.