Sy Pendergast, a Seattle, Washington, resident, has a favorite quote, “We rise by lifting others.” Inspired by the saying, and hoping to spread some happiness (as well as to encourage people to make a difference in their communities), Pendergast began a community outreach project which she is calling “Project Dawgy Bag.”
Pendergast elaborated on her inspiration for the project to Shelter Me:
I want to make a positive impact in someone else’s day and on my community. We live in a world where there is often a lot of hurt, anger and sadness. I want to counteract that as much as possible. I hope that in my own small way, I can be a bright spot in someone else’s day and hopefully make every individual (and dog) I interact with happier. After moving to Capitol Hill in August and seeing the high rate of homelessness, as well as the number of individuals who also have one or multiple dogs with them, I saw an opportunity to make a difference and I acted on it!
So what are these “Dawgy” bags? Think of them as simply crafted baggies of happiness…Pendergast puts together small bags which hold some dog bones, as well as a few dollars, and she passes them out to homeless dog owners in the Capital Hill area of Seattle. She told Shelter Me:
I used to only hand them out during my usual daily routine, but now I try to get out at least three times a week with a friend or two for about an hour specifically to pass out as many bags as possible.
The bags are spreading some cheer and goodwill to people who may not otherwise have a great deal of “good” in their life. Pendergast commented on the positive feedback she receives from the people she encounters:
“The response I get from anyone I give a bag to is incredible. Everyone is kind, grateful and the dogs seem pretty happy about some extra treats too. Seeing the dogs get the treats is one of my favorite parts, because both the dog and the owner seem to be enjoying it equally!”
Pendergast’s goals for this project are simple – she told Shelter Me that she hopes to:
Simply just to do good and help others. It’s so easy to ignore a problem or pretend that the hurt we see everyday is someone else’s problem. But if we all do something small to try and help others, whatever that means to each person, I believe our own communities and the world will become a better place.
I also hoped that my project would inspire others to do something to positively impact their own community.
Spreading cheer and goodwill doesn’t have to be hard – or complicated. Take a look around your own community and see where you can make a difference.
Individuals who would like to help Pendergast continue her good work can make a donation at this link to a newly created GoFundMe account.