On Tuesday, August 18th, sidewalks across the U.S. (as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico and Japan) will be full of colorful, uplifting sentiments as more than 22,200 people spend a little time chalking messages of inspiration, joy and love in an effort to make others smile. Messages like: always bring your own sunshine, you are awesome, yes you can, you are loved, today I am thankful. The 5th annual international Chalk the Walks event happens anywhere and everywhere, all throughout the day.
What started as a small virtual event with 333 people in 2011 has grown to over 22,200 people who will individually chalk positive messages wherever they are and share them with each other on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/292418904279367/). And the event, less than two weeks out, continues to grow by roughly a thousand people every day.
"This is a simple yet powerful way to put some happiness into the world," said Michele McKeag Larsen, founder of The Joy Team and creator of Chalk the Walks. "Write happy messages, have fun doing it, spread some joy while you're at it." Why? It makes people smile. And creating an easy way for people to smile and feel happy, even if just briefly, releases stress-busting, immune-boosting hormones in our bodies. It's as good for our health as it is for our heart.
Chalk the Walks, a project of The Joy Team, is all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of positive messages and sidewalk chalk. The international event began in the heart of Vancouver, Washington, in 2011; and will continue there on Main Street this year at Mini Mozart's Preschool from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
A very special chalking is taking place in Hartford, Connecticut for a young girl named Aliana. She has CVID, Common Variable Immunodeficiency. She doesn't produce the antibodies to keep her well or even fight off a common cold. Each month, she gets infusions of healthy human plasma called IVIG thru an IV at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
She's turning 11 on August 18th and wanted to ?#?ChalktheWalks? for her birthday this year at the hospital she, and other sick kids, spend so much time at. Donations of chalk have been pouring in to help her and the other kids who are able chalk positive messages at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Other groups are also gathering together to infuse positivity into their communities. A list of those known to The Joy Team can be found here: http://chalkthewalks.com/our-partners/
Being part of the joy-spreading movement is easy. Just join the Facebook event at facebook.com/chalkthewalks (https://www.facebook.com/events/292418904279367/), chalk uplifting messages on your walks on Tuesday, August 18th, take some photos and share your messages on the Chalk the Walks 2015 Facebook event page, creating a virtual playground of inspiration and optimism.
Anyone can host a Chalk the Walks event in their town and invite the community to join them.
For more information or to download customizable even posters, visit ChalkTheWalks.com.
Join Chalk the Walks 2015 here: https://www.facebook.com/events/292418904279367/
See photos from the 2014 event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1480586302164988/
About The Joy Team
Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team is a non-profit 501c3 corporation based in Vancouver, Washington, with the mission of building community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through intentional positive messaging. Projects of the positive thought organization include putting up 187 billboards (and counting), giving over 4,600 jars of joy-wrapped peanut butter to hungry kids through the PB & JOY Project and the annual Chalk the Walks event. Learn more at thejoyteam.org, like them on Facebook.com/TheJoyTeam or follow them on Twitter @TheJoyTeam.Attached Media Files: 2014 Chalk the Walks at Montavilla Community center in Portland, Oregon , 2014 Chalk the Walks in Youngtown, Arizona , 2014 Chalk the Walks in Edinburgh, Scotland , 2014 Chalk the Walks in Basin, Wyoming , 2014 Chalk the Walks on Main Street in Vancouver, Washington , 2014 Chalk the Walks in Christchurch, New Zealand , 2014 Chalk the Walks at Art Institute of Pittsburgh , 2014 Chalk the Walks in Widefield, Colorado