never profiled a mommy before, but
Debbie Tenzer is an exceptional
lady who calls for exceptional measures.Debbie's
background is in advertising and
marketing, and her clients have
included some of America's most
popular brands, such as Columbia
Pictures and the Walt Disney Company.
She hails from Los Angeles, where
she currently lives with her husband
and their three children, and where
she can also be heard every Monday
morning on a popular radio station
in LA and San Diego).
cared about modesty issues for a
long time, and often encourages
people to speak up about programs
they find objectionable. "They
can do more than they think,"
Debbie explains. "When
I was working
in advertising I remember one of
our clients - Jack in the Box -
received ONE letter from a lady
who didn't like The Gong Show, and
JIB made us instantly yank its whole
ad budget from the show."
One day in
June 2005, Debbie got the idea to
to acknowledge people who do nice
things for others the "quiet
heroes" who often go unrecognized.
2004 elections, as Debbie puts it:
"Our problems seemed so overwhelming
- war, terrorism, crime, AIDS, then
of all things a tsunami. I was watching
a lot of TV news, and the pundits'
screaming was making numb. I felt
like a turtle retreating into my
shell. Then I rebelled (well, for
me). I thought about other times
in history that were worse. Remember
'We have nothing to fear but fear
itself'? I gave myself a figurative
kick in the pants and focused on
what I could do."
didn't know how to end world hunger,
but she realized that she could
donate some canned food. She couldn't
do much about poor schools, but
she could send them her kids' old
books. LA traffic is always pretty
bad, but Debbie saw that she could
try to drive more considerately
and give a little 'thank you' wave
when someone let her into their
lane. "I saw opportunities
to help all around me."
Debbie committed to doing one nice
thing each week. She chose Monday
as her "Nice Thing" day
because "that's the day that
we need help the most."
Each week DoOneNiceThing.com
shines the spotlight on one exceptionally
kind individual, and invites visitors
to submit their own "nice thing"
ideas. These are then posted, along
with the names and photos of kind
people who are nominated.
Kudos to Debbie
Tenzer for showing us how to accomplish
great things--just by setting aside
a bit of time each week.
So far DoOneNiceThing
hundreds of free mammograms for
women who can't afford them.
nursing home residents with hand-made
- Given backpacks
to foster children who now have
something to carry their
clothes in as they move from home
- Sent numerous
supportive emails to American
hundreds of books to libraries,
children's hospitals and schools,
including to schools affected
by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
- Given thousands
of cans of food, frozen turkeys
and other food items to food banks
dolls, games and other gifts to
Starbucks cafes for their holiday
"Joy Drive" for seriously
Do you have
a nice thing? Tell the site at www.DoOneNiceThing.com.
you would like to nominate a Rebel—including
yourself—please send a short
personal profile and what you are
rebelling against to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no age limit, but high
school and college students will
be given priority over grandmas,
since grandmas, after all, are supposed
to be good.