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A Special Way to Teach Your Grandchildren Kindness

As we celebrate the holidays with family and friends, we need to think about those less fortunate and as grandparents, instill that awareness and empathy in our grandchildren. Teaching my example is of the utmost importance https://www.grandmagazine.com/2011/08/teaching-kindness-by-example/

For years Jeannie Kerrigan and Katherine Patton of Ricky’s Revolution Non-profit have walked lonely streets at night, handing out stuffed monkeys (with hot-line numbers embroidered on their arms), offering help to people in need.

“Ricky” is a small stuffed monkey embroidered with hotline contact numbers and given out free to shelters and to anyone alone on the streets. He was recreated in the image of Jeannie Kerrigan’s little stuffed monkey she had as a child that was lost when she was raped as a young girl. Today, Jeannie is the Founder of Ricky’s Revolution, along with Co-founder Katherine Patton. Through the use of Ricky, this non-profit (501)3 national outreach program provides information about national hotlines, safety and shelter options (including rape crisis), a runaway hotline, safe house and domestic violence hotline.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness and Ricky is a tangible reminder that help is available. He represents renewed hope for runaway and homeless youth, victims of domestic violence, and victims of sexual abuse, by giving them the information they need to reach places of safety as quickly as possible.

As Street Team Leaders, Jeannie and Katherine go onto the streets personally handing out thousands of Rickys and interacting with individuals involved in acute situations of violence and homelessness. Additionally, Ricky’s Revolution has volunteer-based Shelter Teams within multiple communities who deliver Rickys to shelters locally. This unique distribution process also allows volunteer community members to become a part of the process in helping bring these issues to the forefront. This remarkable non-profit works diligently to bring awareness to the general population that issues of abuse, rape, incest, runaway youth and the homeless need attention now!

Jeannie Kerrigan also wrote Layla, her deeply moving memoir that tells her shocking story of a horrific life of incest, physical abuse, rape, stripping, and prostitution in a world of drugs and insanity. It speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves, as do the Ricky monkeys being circulated on the streets of America.

Founder and Executive Director, Jeannie enjoys a successful 14-year practice in Santa Fe, NM and California. She is a healer, teacher, author, and spiritual leader whose experience has made her one of the most effective public speakers on the planet.

Co-founder and Director Katherine Patton has over 20 years of experience as professional counselor and educator, working with abused youth, emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and their families. Katherine understands and believes in the value of human connection as a vital and integral part of the healing process.

For more information, please visit the website at: www.rickysrevolution.org.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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