An Equation for Community Impact

Jan 7, 2015 10:06:55 AM

Mace Massingill, the 7-year-old son of KW associate Holly Mace Massingill of the Southwest Austin market center, has a lesson he can teach us all. Mace set a goal to raise enough food to feed 1,000 people. With the support of his friends and family, Mace blew right past that goal and actually raised enough food to feed 5,147 people. Mace's story shows us that the equation for community impact is

Compassion + Commitment = Amazing Results

It all started when Mace participated in a small family Thanksgiving food drive wherein he took a trip to the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin, Texas to deliver the donated food. When the food was delivered and Mace learned it would feed 148 people he told his family he wanted to do more. Mace wanted to continue the effort to end hunger and he was determined to feed even more people. Mace told his parents he wanted to feed a thousand people. "My husband and I said, 'That's awesome, that's great, we got a whole year to plan,'" his mom said. "And he said, 'No, I mean by Christmas.' And we said, 'OK.'"

Mace began collecting donations by calling friends and family. His family stored the mounting pile of donations in their living room. "What I like about it is, it just makes me feel good inside," Mace said. "Really, why I'm doing this, is to inspire people to think outside the box and feed lots and lots of people."

Watch this video and see Mace's expression when he learns just how much of an impact he has made on his community.

“What I learned from this is not to place limiting beliefs on really big goals. When my son said he wanted to feed 1,000 people, I thought it was going to be difficult. But I didn’t express this to him and I let him work as hard as he could to reach his goal. Not only did he reach it, he surpassed it by 4,147 people." Holly said. The family will kick off their food drive for Thanksgiving 2015 and continue all the way through to Christmas. We can't wait to see how many people they will feed this year!

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