Proving the butterfly effect with a single act of kindness

Proving the butterfly effect with a single act of kindness
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What if somebody you didn't know handed you a $50 bill and asked that you use it to spread kindness in the world. What would you do with the money?

Kate and Ann Cameron are just 13 and 10 years old, and they have quite a story to tell. The sisters were at a diner in Durham, North Carolina when they were each given 50 dollars by a stranger. But the giver is well known to CBS News correspondent, Steve Hartman. This isn’t the first time hes done a profile of Chris Rosati, a man with a mission to make the world a better place.

Rosatti, who is dealing with the debilitating effects of ALS, may have lost his physical voice, but he clearly knows what he wants to accomplish: Encourage kindness one person at a time in a way that continues to ripple and reach out to others.

He is applying a concept known as “the butterfly effect”, which as Hartman explains is when one butterfly flapping its wings repeatedly could theoretically create a hurricane in another part of the world. Rosati’s goal is to “get a whole lot of butterflies to flap their wings.” So that’s why he’s giving away 50 dollar butterfly grants to any child willing to do their part in making a positive difference in the lives of others.

And that’s exactly what the Cameron sisters did. Because their father once served in the Peace Corps in an African village in Sierra Leone, Kate and Ann sent the money there. It was used for a feast that celebrated the village being free of the ebola virus.

Imagine how surprised and good Chris Rosati felt when the sisters e-mailed him a picture of a sign that was held up by the villagers. It read: “Thanks a lot for spreading kindness, Chris Rosati”

If you’re touched by Chris Rosati’s story, would you consider perhaps getting together with family & friends to give away some 50 dollar grants and keep the butterfly effect going strong? We’d like to hear your stories.

CBS Evening News, 3/13/15

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