if you’ve ever called into philosophy’s customer care, you may have spoken to judy o’neal. she loves smiles, so it’s not uncommon for her to encourage one out of you. “happy thriving thursday!” she says as she answers the phone. how could you not smile? that my friends, is judy’s passion.
judy and her husband live at sunshine acres, a children’s home in mesa, arizona that helps nurture displaced children. she helps the house moms with chores, making dinner or even taking them to get their nails done, while her husband is a full-time community manager.
“we felt called to take care of people. it’s hard work, but the payoff is worth it,” says judy.
the children at sunshine acres are there for various reasons, and it’s judy’s goal to help nurture them and eventually reconnect them with their families.
“when someone who used to not look at you in the eye, now not only looks at you, but smiles – that’s what it’s all about.”
at the philosophy office, judy is driven to connect with other employees and make them feel good. she strategically places a smiley face at her desk so when employees walk up, they are already smiling.
we are inspired by judy every day to encourage, inspire and smile at each other. a smile is a small, priceless gift, and it is our hope that you pass one on today.
for more information on how you can give back in your community, visit http://sunshineacres.org/ways-to-give.