This is the first tale in the new Love Drop series here at IdentiTales. Love Drop is a great initiative of two American guys, Nate and J$, who come together to help one needy family each month and truly make a difference in their lives.
They are steadily building a community of caring souls who donate as little as one dollar a month, raise awareness of the families’ stories or help them out with specific goods. At the end of the month, Nate and J$ personally deliver the Love Drop to the chosen family and put everything on film!
I wholeheartedly support this microcommunity idea because it’s so direct, practical and transparent. It’s also a great way to feature a family’s personal story and get to ‘know’ them a little. I will be writing monthly about the Love Drop challenges and a specific identity aspect associated with that month’s story.
The May 2011 Love Drop is for Joy and Tony Stalnaker. Check out the introduction video below:
Joy and Tony Stalnaker live in the small town of Church Point, Louisiana, an area that has been heavily affected by last year’s BP oil spill. Over the past few months, they have experienced a significant cutdown in income and have lost three cars.
It’s hard for them to get by with little money and few means of transportation, while still giving their children what they need, doing their job the way they are supposed to and giving back to the tight-knit local community. Read all about the Stalnakers and watch the other videos (more episodes are released during the month) on the Love Drop site.
Mobility is a big issue for the Stalnaker family.
Not owning a car myself, it’s hard to imagine how much a car is needed when you live in rural Louisiana. Or, as teacher Joy describes in the video, how not being able to travel can stop a child from pursuing their well-deserved French scholarship abroad.
For these people, it’s not lack of will or action that holds them back. It’s lack of decent transportation. This means mobility severely impacts their identity.
After all, pursuing your dreams is only possible when you can be physically present at the right place and time.
Want to pitch in?
Helping Joy and Tony Stalnaker is simple and can be done in many ways. Pick the one that works best for you!
- Use your connections (or your friends’ and neighbors’ connections) to help them get a used car.
- Become a Love Drop Member for as little as $1 a month, or as much as you’re willing to spend.
- Donate a specific gift or service.
- Buy some art in the Love Drop Art Shop – 100% of sales go directly towards the projects!
- Spread the word on the Love Drop project.