ONE SMALL THING  Podcast

 

Welcome to a new podcast that takes you into a true story of forgiveness, hope and transcendence of the human spirit. Twenty years ago, a  group of eighth graders from a rural, southern town set out to study the Holocaust and the dangers of prejudice. 


What happened next was a miracle

STORY BEHIND THE PODCAST

The students at Whitwell Middle School had never met a Jewish person in their lives.  When they learned that six million Jews were killed  in World War 2, the kids decided to collect 6 million paper clips in remembrance and to see how big the tragedy really was. But how could a town of 1,600 people possibly collect six million paper clips? 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
— Anne Frank

The kids mailed letters to presidents, celebrities, athletes, asking if each person would contribute a paper clip. At the rate they were going, it would take decades. Until help appeared out of the blue from the most unlikely people. 

Paper clips began to pour in from around the world. Germans, holocaust survivors, and people who heard about the project sent paper clips, letters, photographs. People never stopped sending in paper clips, even after they reached 6 million. So the kids vowed to keep the project running. 

It’s been going for 20 years. 

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Each paper clip resides in a permanent holocaust memorial in Whitwell, Tennessee. In a German box car that once transported Jews to the camps–drawing visitors from around the world. 

CAPTURING A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MOMENT

In November, Whitwell will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the project. For the first time, everyone connected to the project will gather to share stories and experiences of how this project changed their lives forever.

Help us raise $10,000

We need $10,000 before September 30 to travel to Whitwell to cover the event and share the experience with you in a special podcast episode. We’ll raise another $90,000 to produce a 10-part podcast series covering the impact this project continues to spark change and tolerance around the world. 

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For a gift of any size, we will personally place one paper clip in the memorial in your honor. For gifts of $100 or more, you may include personal message or dedication in memory of someone to your paper clip.

With full support, the One Small Thing podcast will premiere in Spring 2019. 

If you want to see this podcast happen, please give a tax-deductible gift today.

With thanks,

Stephanie Zhong

Please contact Stephanie or email production coordinator samantha@onlevelground.org with questions.