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by Craig Juntunen

We finally arrived in Memphis deep into night as the STUCK bus rolled over a long stretch of highway from Denver. Memphis, TNRon has to be exhausted as the trip was by far the furthest distance between two shows.

I am up early staring at my breakfast options: a strawberry Pop-Tart or the half-filled bowl of Cracker Jack’s that has been sitting on the counter by the coffee maker for the last three days. It looks a lot warmer here than it was in the Mile-High City and I might try to go for a run before we head to the venue to check things out.

Last night, we stopped in Russellville, AR, to have dinner. Samar, as usual, called ahead to make a reservation at the best steakhouse in town,  it was a good thing she had, as we pulled up to the restaurant we could see the line to get into Colton’s Steakhouse flowed out into the parking lot.

Colton's Steakhouse

As we were walking into the restaurant, passing the long line of people waiting, a man approached me and out of the blue  said, “Hey…aren’t you the adoption guy?”

This caught me a little off guard.  The bus was parked out of sight around the corner and the tour had not stopped anywhere in Arkansas. But in the middle of a parking lot, in a place least expected, someone had connected a face with a cause.

He told me his sister and her husband were trying to adopt a little girl from Haiti and were very frustrated with the process. She had forwarded a link to an interview I had recently done. He was gracious, curious and reasonably informed as to what Both Ends Burning is trying to achieve. He made a point to thank me and hoped our efforts would help the little girl in Haiti.

It was an interesting moment. To be referred to by a total stranger in a small town on the edge of Arkansas as “the adoption guy” is a moniker I never imagined would have been connected to me years ago. On a personal level his greeting was startling, but it offered an interesting barometer to the tour, and the movement. It showcased the power of the Internet and how our ability to build a social movement differs from the social activism tactics from years ago. It was a powerful reminder of how much easier it is to try to change the world once our world became connected by the Internet.

My hope is once you are done reading this you will take a moment to help us expand the voice for kids who are being ignored with a simple point and a click. You can help expand the conversation by sending the http://www.stuckdocumentary.com link to everyone in your social network.

Think how easy it is today to make a difference. Investing five minutes of your time right now will make a greater impact than the days of meetings and speeches that used to be required to share new information and form a force to produce social change. Five minutes of your life can be an insignificant amount of your time to make a significant difference in the lives of so many kids. Our message is that every child should have a family irrespective of where that family lives. Once millions of people hear and support this message, change can happen.

I was reminded in a parking lot in Arkansas, that people in all corners of the earth, care about kids and a family and how the word is spreading as those who care hit the send button.

P.S. Colton’s Steakhouse was a hit…any place that has peanut shells scattered over the floor is my kind of place!

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