“One individual could make a distinction. That one individual might be you in case you care sufficient.”
Patrick J. Rhodes (aka @PatrickTheGiver) is obsessed with giving again. He’s a dwelling instance of how one individual can enact lasting change simply by beginning the place they’re, with what they’ve. By means of his acts of kindness, Patrick hopes to encourage others to get entangled in their communities.
We caught up with Patrick to search out out extra about how he bought began together with his benevolent efforts and the way he plans to proceed boosting morale in his neighborhood – and past.
Learn on for the total interview with Patrick.
Inform us just a little bit about your self! What’s your title? How would you describe your self in 3 phrases?
“I’m Patrick Rhodes and I’m a neighborhood advocate in Tampa, Florida. If I needed to describe myself with 3 phrases it will be giver, loyal and humble.”
What initially introduced you to Bonfire?
“I keep in mind a couple of years again looking for a customized shirt for an occasion and Bonfire got here up. I’ve been a fan ever since then.”
What impressed you to begin giving again to your neighborhood?
“After I was youthful I at all times wished to assist different folks. I keep in mind going to the nursing dwelling with my mother and father and offering blankets for the residents. Ever since that have I wished to proceed to offer again.”
How has Bonfire helped you additional your trigger?
“Bonfire has been a real blessing. I used to be in a position to simply create my marketing campaign attire and share my merchandise and message of kindness with my followers. I actually love the help Bonfire has proven me on their social media.”
Your aim for 2022 was to offer 2,022 books by authors of coloration to Tampa elementary faculties and neighborhood facilities via your Help Various Books marketing campaign.
Wanting again over the previous 12 months, how did your Help Various Books marketing campaign on Bonfire assist help this mission?
“Bonfire has been extraordinarily instrumental in furthering my trigger. They’ve used their platform to focus on my neighborhood initiatives when others present zero help. I really like the range and inclusion perspective of Bonfire.”
What are a few of your favourite various youngsters’s books?
“I really like this query. I’ve so many favourite titles like I Am Ruby Bridges (written by Ruby Bridges, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith), Hair Love (written by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison), We Are Household (written by LeBron James and Andrea Williams) and Black Boy Pleasure: 17 Tales Celebrating Black Boyhood (edited by Kwame Mbalia).”
What are your targets / hopes for the longer term?
“My aim is to open up a know-how heart the place at-risk youth can study and really feel seen in a protected and type surroundings.”
Why did you apply to be a Bonfire Model Ambassador?
“I utilized as a result of I actually love the Bonfire model and message of range and inclusion.”
Bonfire Model Ambassadors
Bonfire Model Ambassadors are a choose group of people who embody Bonfire’s core values, are Bonfire tremendous followers, and are doing superior work to strengthen and encourage communities all over the place.
What recommendation would you give to people who find themselves on the lookout for methods to offer again to their communities?
“It’s okay to begin small. There are folks in your neighborhood who’re ready on you to make a distinction. Go be the change maker.”
Is there anything you want to share with the Bonfire neighborhood about your journey / work?
“I’m tremendous excited for what the longer term holds due to folks like me and others who care so deeply for his or her communities.”
On the time of this interview, Patrick has 2 fundraising campaigns on Bonfire: Help Various Books, and Illustration Issues. Buying a shirt from both of those campaigns will assist increase consciousness concerning the lack of various books in faculties, whereas additionally serving to Patrick increase funds to have the ability to donate books written by authors of coloration to elementary faculties and neighborhood facilities in hopes of filling the gaps!
Thanks for taking the time to learn this interview and study concerning the work that Patrick is doing to assist make this world a kinder, higher place.
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Written by: Hayden Eire / Content material Specialist
Illustrated by: Madison Summers / Lead Advertising and marketing Designer