Simplicity and Authenticity 

Milton Hershey of the Hershey Corporation once said, “One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy.” He was a man of innovation, ingenuity, creativity, wealth, and generous philanthropy. After failing in over 4 attempts to have a successful candy business, Hershey made his way back home to Pennsylvania. In his many travels around the larger cities of the United States, he gathered recipe secrets that he would add to his own chocolate confection to create it into the delicious, sweet treat we all love and enjoy today – Hershey Chocolate. His mantra was, “Simplicity and Authenticity.” With only three simple ingredients, cocoa beans (roasted just right then powdered), fresh milk, and sugar, Milton left an authentic legacy of happiness to all who tasted his heavenly candies.

I had the opportunity to tour the Wonderful World of Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I was so inspired by this remarkable man who had a dream with intention. He realized that his wealth was not just to make him rich, famous, and happy. He wanted to leave a legacy that would continue to bring happiness to others. This legacy was and still is supported by the Hershey candy that we so dearly love; however, it was not the candy itself. Milton Hershey gave all his profits to the Hershey Trust which founded the Hershey School originally built for boys. The school not only provided free education but also housed and fed the boys during their school years. Today the school educates homeless and displaced boys and girls from K-4 through 12th grade. There are approximately 2,000 students who attend. Hershey village is a community of houses with house parents that provide homes and families for these children. Once they graduate, their college education is paid for up to $95,000. All of this is through the Hershey Trust. Today it produces over $13 billion dollars.  

All of this was through the vision, dream, and generosity of one man. What is inside of you? What dreams do you have? Whose life can be changed by your generosity? Can you imagine what we as a community can do as we continue to come together to be the solution to a problem?Helping others does not have to be complicated. Rather, it can be quite simple. When we come together with what we have and put it to its best use, we can move mountains. The authenticity with which we unite as a community will leave an iconic legacy.  

We can be the difference. It is possible to eradicate a problem. We have the tools; we hold the keys. In the words of Mother Teresa, “One can only do so much, but together we can do great things!” Let’s keep growing and going. It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,

Angela

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