Two Friends Walk Across America Promoting Peace, Acceptance, and Kindness

Two friends are on a journey to walk across the United States. They are currently in Iowa, with 1,800 miles under their belts and only 1,000 miles left to walk! Friends and former Utah Valley University students James Alan Thompson and Paul Chavez are walking across America--from San Francisco to Washington D.C.--to promote peace, acceptance, and kindness. Another friend. Katrina Dobieski is the ”online strategist and getaway driver” and follows the walking duo in a Subaru during their five-month walk. The team chronicles the trek on social media, its website, and a blog called Walk For Peace 2020. “With so many people feeling unsettled right now between Covid-19, social injustice, and the general upheaval of this year, we felt like we wanted to do something.​ My buddy Paul suggested we walk for peace from coast to coast and promote acceptance and kindness. Within a week, I had put my job on pause. Within another, our friend Katrina was on board. We’re hoping that this opens up a more positive dialogue and shifts the narrative to what we can do, not what we can't. There's always a way to enact change, and this is our drop in the bucket,” said James. Photo- James Alan Thompson, right; Paul Chavez, left; Katrina Dobieski, center ​ “Walking across the country isn’t going to solve all of our problems. But it could solve some. Just when we thought we hit our limit for places to stay throughout the week, we got a message from another complete stranger saying that we could stay with them for the night and have dinner with their family. “ ⁣⁣ “The further we walk across America, the more convinced we become of how good people really are.” he said. “Along the way, we will be striving to showcase the humanity we find in people, draw attention to good causes, and become the change we wish to see.” ​ ​The team has met up with kind people who have fed them and offered housing along their journey. Other nights, they set up their tents. “We would love people to DM (direct message on Instagram) and join us on our walk,” said James. They walked through Utah in late August/early September, marking about one-quarter of their way in their trip. In Indianola, Utah, the Lawson and Frazier family drove up food and supplies to the walkers. “Thank you to Stokes Fresh Food Market for donating drinks and food. We appreciate you guys,” said James in an Instagram post. You can follow their walk at www.walkforpeace2020.org. If you would like to meet up with the team and walk beside them you can Instagram DM Paul: @paul_peace2u_chavez; James: @jamesalanthompsonor Katrina: @Katrinaadobieski. https://www.facebook.com/walkforpeace2020 https://www.instagram.com/walkforpeace2020/ https://twitter.com/Walk4Peace2020 ​ Good luck on your journey, James, Paul, and Katrina! You guys are Hometown Heroes. We love that you are promoting Peace, Acceptance, and Kindness across the country. Nugent Magazine loves sharing GOOD NEWS, GOOD PEOPLE, and GOOD THINGS happening in Utah and the world. If you have a story or know of a Hometown Hero that you think we should feature please contact us on our website www.nugentmagazine.com or email Gina at gina@nugentmagazine.com.

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