A thousand dollars goes a long way in the hands of Marisa Barra. She starts by helping people with small, random acts of kindness—buying them coffee or gas. Next, she buys art supplies for her church's religion school and coats for those who come to the church for help. She buys pet food for a local animal shelter, and gives the remaining $500 to a single mother of five living in public housing.
Marisa decides to have a little fun delivering the good news. She dresses as a French artist before heading out to donate art supplies, and poses with her tiny dog Lola before visiting the animal shelter.
"I feel fantastic!" Marisa says. "I also feel like I want to do more. It made me realize how lucky I have been and how it is important to help others. I think, actually, I am going to do a lot more acts of kindness especially during the holiday season!"