Plea to the Media - Letter to The Orlando Sentinel - One Central Florida Resident Attempting to Make a Difference

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My Reach to the Local Media

This hub has no fluff, no sidebars, no 'buy here now' additions. This is my attempt at sending our plea to my local newspaper. I wrote a letter and attached it to an email to a Sunday columnist named Beth Kassab. She's one of my favorite columnists, covering everything from how to de-clutter your home to reaching out to charities. I felt she was a good place to start as the Orlando Sentinel seems to give her carte blanche regarding the topics she chooses to print. First I will send you a copy of the email text I sent, then follow it with my letter. I sure hope to hear from her! I'll keep you posted for sure.

My email text

Ms. Kassab:

Please read the attached letter. I am a freelance writer living in Longwood and am part of a movement called H.O.W. (Humanity One World). Although I write for gain (very little at the moment!), I am a member of HubPages, which is my favorite online writing site because I can write from the heart and not worry about keyword density and repetition. This plea comes from the heart and I hope you take it seriously. We are a group of writers who are trying to change the current state of the world's treatment of humanity (or lack thereof!) one person at a time. If we can bring morals back to society perhaps we can end the societal illnesses spreading throughout the world like cancer. Please help.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Respectfully,

Shauna L. Bowling

My business card logo I used to head the letter
My business card logo I used to head the letter | Source

And now for my letter





December 30, 2012


Beth Kassab

c/o The Orlando Sentinel


Dear Ms. Kassab:

I have been following your column since you first began writing for the Sentinel. You offer a variety of subjects, all of which pertain to real life people. You always have something positive to offer which is why I follow you; there’s just too much ugliness reported in the news these days.

As you see, I am a freelance writer. I am an active writer on HubPages.com, which is a collective site of wonderful writers. It’s more a community of writers than it is a money maker, for sure, but the community is wonderful. We are a tight bunch who has developed friendships with writers from literally all over the world.

Many of us on HubPages have joined with a favorite ‘hubber’, Bill Holland who goes by the name of Billybuc. He has begun a movement called H.O.W., which stands for Humanity One World. We now have quite a following and are asking all who have committed to the movement to spread the word outside the HP writing community. Please follow the link to the origination of this movement. http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Social-Issues-How-Do-We-Cure-Social-Ills-HOW

Many of us have joined and posted articles for the cause. My latest contribution was actually inspired by a feature in the Parade magazine in the beginning of December about a little boy named Joshua Williams who has been feeding the poor since he was 5. Amazing little boy!

We now have a page on Facebook dedicated to H.O.W. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/294777667307474/. One of our other members has also created a website and logo for H.O.W.: http://helpnowplease.wix.com/howonline#. Our goal is to invite the media to help spread the word and the philosophy behind H.O.W. If each person does his or her part to show random acts of kindness, we can change the current state of the world one person at a time. We hope to create the ripple effect and get the task of healing our world in motion.

I know I seem to be inundating you with links, but I have one more to offer. Our founder, Bill Holland has issued a 365/365 challenge for 2013. The challenge is simple: perform a random act of kindness at least once a day every day of the coming year. This can be as simple as smiling at a stranger as you pass him on the sidewalk or helping an elderly person load their groceries in their car or opening a door for a stranger. Kindness is not limited to monetary contributions; charity comes in all forms. Please check out this link: http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/HOW-To-Make-A-Difference-The-365365-Challenge for more information and the heart behind the challenge.

Ms. Kassab, as I said we have followers (members) from all over the world: Australia, South Africa, the UK, India, China, the Philippines - we are literally a global community. If each of us can enlist the help of our local media just imagine the ripple effect we can create!

Your post in this Sunday’s paper regarding the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund Holiday Campaign is why I am addressing this letter to you. I feel you will take our plea to heart and spread the message of goodwill. We can change the world – one person at a time.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Respectfully,

Shauna L. Bowling


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Awesome Shauna. If you don't get a positive response from that effort, we don't stand a chance with other forms of media. Great job!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, sweetie (Linda). I got an automatic reply when I sent the email that Beth is unavailable this week. At least I have a week before I need to hold my breath!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well done my friend! This is the kind of action that we need to now take. Thank you so much for making an extra effort and advancing the cause. How can we go wrong with people like you?

love,

bill


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Aw, shucks, Bill - I'm just keeping my word! I told you I was in and I meant it! Got my 2013 spreadsheets created so I thought this was a good time to write my letter, especially since I saved the section of the Sunday paper with Beth's column and email address.


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Awesome, well done, stupendous even!

Mark


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this success story.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

This is a great idea. I hope your letter gets some great results. Voted up and a clever idea!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mark, thank you for your approval and great job on the website!

Martin, it's not a success until I hear back from Beth Kassab. Hopefully she'll print our story.

Pamela, I can't take credit. Bill has asked us to contact the media, so I'm just doing my part to spread the word - hopefully!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shauna..........You ROCK!! I'm cheering and applauding this recent effort of yours. EXCELLENTLY-written letter, that says it all. I want to sincerely thank you for speaking for all of us participating in H.O.W.

You are an example of .......well, what do you know? A BRAVEWARRIOR!!!..........UP+++


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paula (or should I call you Gabby?) you tickle me. I'm just doing what I told Bill I'd do. We'll see where it goes from here. Your confidence is much appreciated!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a great idea. I have a feeling Beth will take up our cause. I agree with Bill, you are one who takes action the next step up. Thank you..Cheers..


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Always, I certainly hope Beth give my letter serious consideration. Central Florida attracts so many visitors from all over the world. If she decides to explode our cause, we have a good foot up on brining love back to the world!


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

bravewarrior, what a wonderful letter. If this doesn't light a fire, I don't know what will! You said it all, and very well I might add, on behalf of all of us here at HubPages. I'll be anxiously waiting to hear how your letter was received. Voted Up and Awesome.

Pearl


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you Grandmapearl! Unfortunately, Beth is on vacation this week. Hopefully, I'll hear from her upon her return!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Wow - what an amazing idea, Shauna! Dying to find out what her answer is ! You're an inspiration, my friend! Please do keep us posted!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Leslie, actually it was Bill's idea and I acted on it. We shall see!


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Awesome job my friend! I can't wait to know whether or not you receive a reply. I did something similar and my two pleas were ignored.

I am proud of you and sending those fireflies.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Beckie, have you tried following up? If I don't hear from Beth by the end of next week, I'll shoot her another email or call her. Her weekly posts include both email and phone number. I sure hope she doesn't ignore me or I'l liable to become a thorn in her side! :-)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

This is so awesome sha! Hugggsss for you my dear friend!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Backatcha, Spy! Love Ya!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant Shauna and what a wonderful way to share H.O.W. far and wide.

I hope you get a great and positive response and I know you will keep us updated.

Here's to H.O.Wo growing bigger and stronger in this coming year.

I vote up, across and share all around.

Take care my friend.

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, just doing my part. We'll see how far we can reach, huh?


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Shauna this is absolutely WONDERFUL.. I am going to pray hard she answers you.. please let us know.. I am outing this on Google and pinning etc.. God Bless you.. I know bill really appreciates this

You are simply awesome

Debbie

I agree with Eddy.. HOW IS GOING TO GROW SO BIG!!! YEAH!!!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

How could she resist this plea! This was wonderfully written and heart felt. I am certain you will get a good response from her. Please let us know! :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Debbie, thank you for sharing and posting outside HP. How are you feeling? Will you be home soon?

Shiela, I hope Beth feels as moved as y'all are by this letter! I'll keep you posted!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I am feeling so much better..I am home for a while,. to poop to travel.. thanks for asking.. you are so nice..

Debbie


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

Bravewarrior, Sometimes changing the world for the better takes a little audacity to make it happen! Your letter to Ms. Kassab is a great start in making the world more aware of changes that can be made to make things better for people everywhere. I am interested to see if she responds. Thanks for sharing.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Honey, tomorrow I will email her again. She posted today, so I assume she's back from vacation. I'm sure she's inundated with a backlog of emails, but I will incorporate my tenacity and bug her until I get some kind of an answer!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

UPDATE: I sent a second request with another copy of the original letter to Beth Kassab today. Within minutes she responded, and I quote: "Thanks for sending this again and sorry I didn't get back with you the first time. Sounds like a wonderful effort. I'll take a closer look at it and see if it works into any of our coverage. Can't guarantee anything, but I love the sentiment behind it."

Beth


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I hadn't heard about this. I did see the HOW logo on Billy's articles though. Thanks for telling about it and being pro-active.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, I never did hear back from Beth. Well, I did...sorta. I followed up with an email and she said she'd look into it. A few weeks later she left the Orlando Sentinel. I have passed out many H.O.W. flyers around town, tho. If you go into one of Bill's articles that relate to H.O.W. you'll find the link to join the Facebook group.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great letter! I read through the comments to see if Beth contacted you and she did...It's the thought that counts :))


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Linda, I thought she'd left the paper because her column was featured on Sundays and then it was gone. Now I see her column appears in the Thursday edition. She never did get back with me after that first time. Now I'm afraid too much time has gone by. Although now that I've re-read the letter, perhaps it's worth another shot.

Thanx for your comment, Linda. I would have forgotten had you not brought this back to the forefront of my scrambled mind.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

The third time just might be a charm, go for it:)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I printed this as a reminder, Linda. It certainly won't hurt to try again, right?

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