RecognizeGood Photo: Cambria Sawyer

RecognizeGood Spotlight: Cambria Sawyer

A small story – a photo and a blurb, really – from the Stateman’s “Community News” sections arrived on the RecognizeGood desk last week during all the hubbub of our 11th Annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards.  A student at Dripping Springs High School, named Cambria Sawyer, had collected $300.00 and planned to give the money to an orphanage in Mexico that she’d visited as a younger child.  The catch?  The money was entirely made up of pennies!  That’s right, Cambria had collected about thirty THOUSAND pennies.  What’s more, she’d displayed them – all of them – in a classroom at Dripping Springs High, encouraging other students to drop by and add to the incredible pile of pennies.  The black-and-white newspaper photo showed Cambria sitting cross-legged right in the middle of the pile of pennies, playfully tossing handfuls into the air with a huge smile.

The story reminded us of an anecdote shared by Luci Baines Johnson at our April Legends ceremony – she was so inspired by the efforts and attitude of April Legend Erin Kiltz, that she asked herself:  “Am I doing EVERYTHING I can do?”  Cambria’s story embodies that exact sentiment – as simple as it might be to simply write a big check to the orphanage in Mexico, this high school student wasn’t in a position to do the simple thing!  She didn’t have a lot of extra money.  What she did have was pennies.

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RecognizeGood: THE Foundation (commonly known as simply RecognizeGood) is a local nonprofit that provides a means for individuals, businesses and other nonprofits to illuminate selfless volunteers, charitable acts and community service throughout the greater Austin area. There are several active RecognizeGood programs that work toward this mission from different angles, but the common theme is simple – the illumination of GOOD in our community.