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This morning, I volunteered at the Mothers Opposing Bullying (MOB) Walk-a-Thon in Dallas with the Random Acts of Kindness Meetup group.

Former Ms. Texas Belinda Ramsey founded MOB and plans to start a 24-hour hotline for kids. Bullying has been around forever but seems to be more prevalent in the age of social media and smartphones. According to StopBullying.gov, 28% of students in America in 6–12 grades report having been bullied. Many more have seen bullying and done nothing.

Fortunately, this blight is gaining more attention thanks to people like Belinda and initiatives like the aforementioned StopBullying.gov from the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVendors: William from It Works! and very popular jewelry and accessories from Neecie’s Necessities

The Walk-a-Thon was held at Anderson Bonner Park on the White Rock Creek Trail on a perfect day to build some awareness. The trail was packed, and as we cheered for participants at the finish line, tons of people who just happened to be out biking or running saw the banner and cheered us on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was a fun atmosphere with police officers playing basketball, tiny dogs, and tutus.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter everyone crossed the finish line, I helped load up the truck.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAProps to the lady who (eventually) got the golf cart back into the moving truck. Unfortunately, nobody had their phone out during the first attempt, when one of the back wheels slipped off the ramp and the cart tipped over. It didn’t flip all the way over, so she lived to try again. I probably shouldn’t admit that it was hilarious. And I have had the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” song stuck in my head all day.

Belinda told me the organization is working with Old Navy to put some bullied kids through a 6-week course and conduct a fashion show to help build their self-esteem.

They need volunteers for events like the Walk-a-Thon, golf tournaments, fashion and comedy shows, and their gala. Connect with them on Facebook.

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