Local teen's kindness campaign takes off

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 21, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Last week, we introduced you to Tallahassee teen Meg Rankin. After experiencing bullying firsthand, the 15-year-old decided to launch a kindness campaign.

To spread kindness, Meg makes handmade heart bracelets and gives them away to people who agree to 'Wear the Love, Share the Love.'

When our story first aired on Friday, more than 650 of Meg's bracelets had been shared across the world. Just three days later, Meg says she's been flooded with requests, bringing her order total to about 1,300 bracelets!

Meg has also been asked to share her inspirational story at an upcoming school board meeting.

For more information on her kindness campaign, visit https://www.facebook.com/wearthelovesharethelove/.

By: Shonda Knight
November 18, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – What started as a small, kitchen-table project is becoming something big and beautiful-- and it’s all the vision of a Tallahassee teen.

15-year-old Meg Rankin is tired of all of the negativity in the world.

“Have you watched the presidential election?” we asked.

“Oh my goodness, don’t get me started on that... woo,” Meg says.

But it’s not just that.

"Seeing at school and on social media how people are treating each other," Meg says.

Her mom says Meg's just 'wired' that way.

"She's just always been a loving person. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body," her mother says.

Meg wanted to do something to spread love. So she started a campaign called 'Wear the Love, Share the Love,' where she takes orders for handmade wire bracelets and then delivers them, all free of charge... with one stipulation.

"When you wear the bracelet, you're supposed to pay the kindness forward," Meg says.

She's already touched a lot of lives.

"We've had people give them to cancer patients, we've had people give their bracelets to people who've had a bad day or something," Meg says.

Afterall, Meg knows exactly how one bad day can change everything.

She and her family moved here two years ago, when she was is the eighth grade.

"It was just a really bad time in my life," Meg says, fighting back tears.

Meg made friends immediately. But then... literally overnight, she became the outcast.

"It was crazy. No one sat with me at lunch. No one would answer my calls or text or anything. It was just.... I don't know what happened," Meg says with tears in her eyes.

Meg eventually found some new, loyal friends. She says that bullying only made her heart stronger.

"I think wow- they're crazy. And now I know you really have to hold onto your really good friends because they're the ones who'll be with you through everything," Meg says.

Her kindness campaign has now stretched across the globe. In just two months, she and her mom have made more than 650 bracelets.

People are wearing them all across the country and beyond- including Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Russia, and even Australia.

Meg has received about $500 in donations so far. She’s been able to sponsor a service dog for someone with disabilities and a care tote for a breast cancer patient.

For more information on her kindness campaign, visit https://www.facebook.com/wearthelovesharethelove/.

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