Norman doesn’t always wear his heart on his sleeve—he sees himself as more of an entertainer, committed to making people smile. But today he’s taking a moment to share his more serious side.
As you know, Norman’s roots are here in Kansas City. In June, he was honored to contribute to Big Slick KC. (For those of you that don’t know, Big Slick KC is a celebrity weekend event put together by KC natives Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet, and David Koechner to raise money for the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center.)
What you may not know is that, as Norman’s creator, our family has experienced the care of Children’s Mercy Hospital personally. They helped us through some very scary times, and I can say from firsthand experience how deeply they care about the welfare of our children.
Sometimes it’s hard to know how to get involved or make a difference in a cause that seems so big. While it was a small thing, Norman oversaw the making of a Bitty Bot army that was given as a thank you to the people who made Big Slick KC happen. Not just celebrities, but countless other local people and businesses, took time to participate in this cause.
To genuinely honor their commitment, we took the time to make each Bitty Bot gift unique—just like each child at Children’s Mercy is unique, each story personal. It was important that no two Bitty Bots were exactly the same, celebrating the individuality that makes us who we are and hopefully embodying the cheer this event brings to so many.
It was amazing to see Big Slick KC raise a record-breaking 1.3 million this year—and equally wonderful to see the exposure the event got nationwide. The ripples this year’s event caused are still filtering in.
We’re bombarded daily with news stories that are far from uplifting. It’s easy to get lost in the hurt and chaos that our world throws at us. That’s why it’s so important to take time out to do something good.
Though you may not be a robot or a celebrity, you can still make a difference. Follow Norman’s example and wear your heart on your sleeve every once in a while.
Pay someone a compliment.
Look for the magic in others.
Celebrate small successes.
Be a light in a too often dim world.
Make today GREAT.
For more information on Big Slick KC, go to BigSlickKC.org or visit ChildrensMercy.org.