After wiring the $2,100 raised for the Aurora Victim Relief Fund this past week, we Ordinary Heroes Co-Founders (Kelsie Wendelberger and Zach Dunton) were invited to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to present the $1,225.55 to the Sikh Temple Victim Relief Fund.
The impact that we were able to have on everyone who's heard about us, helped us, or has been affected in any way has been so encouraging. People are learning to take the step of faith out into the world to truly change lives, right where they are, with the gifts that they have. As Mayor Jeff Scrima of Waukesha stated, “Kelsie and Zach have inspired Waukesha to be the light that we want to see in the world by starting small, starting here and starting now.”
We want this to be the spark that will encourage people nationwide, and eventually worldwide, for others to step out just as we did, put their foot down, and use the resources they have and the community they live in change lives. We are all global citizens: When anyone hurts, anywhere, everyone hurts, everywhere. That should give us all the drive we need to want to make a difference. We are eager to see how what we are doing will continue to encourage people, and hope to eventually see every person out there become an ordinary hero.
We were beyond humbled to be able to meet the people of the Sikh community. The welcoming attitudes and appreciation we received were unprecedented.
Zach Dunton's experiences are summed up in the following quote: “Going to the Sikh Temple was an extremely eye opening experience! From the minute we arrived we were immediately welcomed and treated like family. The atmosphere was humble, hospitable, loving, and judgment-free. It really goes to show how important unity is; being understanding, loving, and accepting of people from different backgrounds is at the core of having a unified city, state, and country. We're hoping that our actions have inspired others to strive to understand, love, and accept all of our neighbors and to mutually assist those in need.”
Kelsie Wendelberger's thoughts are as follows: “I have never felt a greater sense of unity and togetherness like I did at the Sikh Temple on Sunday. Instead of showing fear and anger, the Sikhs are exemplifying a testimony of peace and reconciliation which we all can learn from. People came to Oak Creek from all over the world to show their support and to be there for those so tragically impacted. It shouldn’t take a situation like this to bring people together, but since this has happened, it is an opportune chance for the world to pledge unity, restore peace, and renew love. I want to thank our brothers and sisters in Oak Creek for being such a pure light in a time of bleak darkness. It is my hope that this light spreads so all may see and follow their example, and be one hope for all of the world to see."