Marcia Merrick, A True All-Star
Written by K Crew’s Danaya.
I recently had the immense pleasure of meeting Marcia Merrick, the creator of “Reaching Out” and consequently the winner of “People All-Stars Among Us“. Marcia will be representing Kansas City at the 81st All-Star Game. I can proudly say, I couldn’t think of a better person for that honor!
Marcia is hands down one of the most inspirational women I have ever met. Here’s a little background on her organization. She wakes up every morning at 4:00am to pack 400 lunches by noon. (I teach for a living and I can hardly make one lunch in time for school in the morning!) Marcia then drives to 11 locations around the city and passes out each lunch personally. The best part about these lunches is the fact that she puts a note of encouragement in each bag. I’m sure without a doubt, that those notes touch thousands of hearts a week. After she distributes her lunches, she goes home and bakes 800 cookies in preparation for the next day! Talk about dedication and commitment!
Marcia created “Reaching Out” all on her own because she saw a need in the city. Marcia wouldn’t let anything stop her from making the only meal many of her friends will eat each day. I say “friends”, because that is what Marcia calls them. She has created a bond and relationship with many of the people she provides lunches for. That’s what truly makes her an All-Star.
Now, those are the just the plain facts about Marcia, but let me tell you how she has touched my life. I had the opportunity to complete a pre-game interview with her, where we not only discussed her business, but she took a genuine interest in my life. She asked me about my job, my fiancé, my summer, and lots more! It was so wonderful to meet someone for the very first time and feel like you have known them forever. A few weeks later, I found out Marcia had won the “People All-Stars Among Us” and would be back at the game to be honored. When the day arrived for Marcia to be back at the stadium, I made it a point to stop by and congratulate her! When I stopped by her seat, her face lit up like it was a holiday! She made me feel like I was the most special person she had ever seen! She stood up, gave me a hug, kissed my cheek, asked me how I was doing– all before I could even congratulate her on her win! She was more concerned with my life, than the amazing honor she was receiving. That is a testament to the person Marcia truly is. She wanted nothing more, but to further build the relationship we had already created, than discuss herself.
Marcia told me something that I know I will never forget. She referenced that fact that I’m a teacher and reminded me that, “We will never know how much we are truly touching people’s lives, and every little thing counts. Don’t expect anything in return, and give all you have. Because each life is worth something, and the relationships we build are the most precious gifts we give.”
Marcia, you have been a true inspiration to me. I am so thankful that I had a chance to meet you and I hope to one day create a legacy as wonderful as yours! Good luck at the All-Star game, and don’t forget to wear your KCrew pin! –Danaya