Set aside time for kindness speaker

To the Editor:

How might we impact our community if we pledged to treat each person each day with dignity, kindness and respect?

Please set aside the evening of Monday, Jan. 20, to hear V.J. Smith, author of best-selling book, “The Richest Man in Town,” describe how Marty, an unforgettable cashier at a local Walmart store, had a profound impact on the people who went through his checkout line.

Marty became a legend in an unexpected place because he treated everybody with dignity, kindness and respect. As Smith says, “Marty was living proof that you don’t need money, power or title to make a difference in life. You just need to care.”

The Healthy Communities Collaborative, in partnership with the Live Better! Live Longer! project, is sponsoring the program Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Charles Martin Auditorium at Little Falls Community High School. The event is free and open to the public.

The Little Falls School District has arranged for Smith to address staff, middle school and high school students the following day.

For more information about Smith and the Live Better! Live Longer! project, contact the Healthy Communities Collaborative office at (320) 631-5675. — Kate Bjorge and Stephen Jones, Little Falls

  • robin hensel

    I wonder how much it cost the Healthy Communities Collaborative to have this man speak?

  • robin hensel

    Hey kate……I saw your utube TOWN 180 video…….just who are the few folks you would like to get rid of in this community? That talk.sounds risky just sayin. Was that your best shot at KINDNESS?

  • robin hensel

    Since Kate didn’t answer my question I found out that this V.J.Smith charges between $5,000.00 – $7,500.00 to speak. What an outrageous amount of money that is to teach kindness in this town. A good friend of mine suggested why not have the high school students research his book, and then present a forum on this very topic and include dialogue from the audience. A lot less money spent and likely a much better way to get this message out. Kate and Mary Kenna….how about utilizing the “Youth as Resources” for helping with this instead of bringing in an outsider? It’s always EASY TO SPEND SOMEBODY ELSES MONEY. Many of the non profits in this community would do well to exercise more creative thinking. I wonder who gave the money for the grants that covered this? Was any of our taxpayer funded school $$$$ used for this speakers fees?

  • Mitch Rapp

    Ms. Hensel. Seriously, give it a rest. You talk about kindness yet you seem to make a living these days on attacking others.

  • robin hensel

    Since when it is attacking others by asking important questions?