A Story About Maureen in Orlando
Such cool stuff happens at my nationwide traveling green smoothie class. I love visiting a city near you and telling stories and research and giving you ideas and incentives to add simple but life-changing habits to your routine.
In Orlando and Tampa, a lady named Maureen volunteered, to my staff, to make the green smoothie samples.
It’s a big job! Not only does she make 3 oz. of smoothie for each person–and our average audience size is 200–but she also provides me a blender, demo ingredients, and more. It’s shopping, blending, organizing, transporting, and serving.
Maureen ekes out a living buying and selling things at rummage sales. She isn’t living a country-club lifestyle. But she is a woman of service and integrity. She does what she says she’ll do.
Somehow she didn’t know that we actually PAY our volunteer to make the smoothies. She had agreed anyway, when Coach Jeanette asked her. She made them for Tampa, with her $20 yard-sale blender.
The next morning, she woke up and was panicked to realize she didn’t have enough money for gas to get to Orlando. So she prayed about it. She says she then went down to the parking lot, and $15 was lying on the ground.
She got stuck in traffic and arrived at the class an hour late. She set up the blender and demo ingredients behind me as I was lecturing.
As I went to give away the $435 Blendtec Total Blender we take to every class for one lucky person, Coach Jeanette was standing in the back. She’s an agnostic, not a praying person. But, as she told me later, she was putting out the hope into the universe with her every cell, that Maureen would win that blender. At that point only Jeanette knew Maureen’s circumstances. “Please, please, please,” she whispered, “let Maureen win.”
I pulled out a ticket and read it to the crowd.
Long silence. Maureen let out a tiny gasp. It was her number. She came up to claim the prize with tears in her eyes, speechless. I would learn from Jeanette, only later, what Maureen had been through to get smoothies to several hundred people an hour apart in Florida, two nights in a row.
I also would learn that Maureen was SHOCKED when Kristin paid her for giving her service to us and to the audience. She would have done it for free.
They are people committed to a life that transcends what “everybody else” is doing. They love sharing the good news about a plant-based diet with others. They are from all walks of life, all the strata of the economic spectrum. But a desire to help others, and a love of nutrition and wellness, are what bring us together.
Maureen, I don’t know if you read my blog. But if you do, please accept my thanks. I am most humbled to have been served by you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your sacrifice. I know you’ll use that high-end Total Blender to benefit a lot of folks you meet. God bless you.
Next time, another story of cool stuff that happens at the GreenSmoothieGirl show, and a video I made with a young mama named Marlena who also won a blender in Redding, California.