Finding Hope On The Side Of The Road In Daily Chalkboard Messages

This week's The Ones For Texas honoree is in Aledo.

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DOUG DUNBAR: Inspiring messages can come, we know, from so many different places. Maybe through a song, a podcast, even from a friend. But in the town of Aledo, we want to share with you today that hope can be found on the side of the road. Madison Sawyer has this week's Ones for Texas.

MADISON SAWYER: Signs can be found all over Aledo. But there's one sign that always stands out.

NOAH KIETA: And every time we drive past, we see the sign. It always brings a smile to our faces.

MADISON SAWYER: Chalkboard signs that bring hope.

NOAH KIETA: Little messages that don't really cut too deep but are just enough to make you think and really have you contemplate what's really-- what we're really here for in life.

MADISON SAWYER: And a little encouragement.

JACK JEFFERSON: Well, we've got so much negativity in the country today. A little positivity always helps.

MADISON SAWYER: Each day, a new sign brings a new message.

ISSY POWELL: We're too powerful.

MADISON SAWYER: Illustrating through chalk one woman's commitment to encouraging her neighbors.

ISSY POWELL: There's too many negative things out in the world these days and we-- people are hungry for something that's positive and joyful.

MADISON SAWYER: Issy Powell's home is right in the heart of Aledo.

ISSY POWELL: And living where I live, you see everybody in town driving back and forth to work and back from work.

MADISON SAWYER: 11 years ago, she was inspired to capitalize on her home being center stage.

ISSY POWELL: I woke up one morning and I had this-- I don't know if it was a dream or a message from someone up, higher up. But I was told to do this every day.

MADISON SAWYER: So every day for 11 years.

ISSY POWELL: I love making people happy.

MADISON SAWYER: She's drawn a new message on her boards.

ISSY POWELL: It's my job. It's your job to inspire people, to make people feel good. That's our job on Earth. That's our job. And I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do.

MADISON SAWYER: It's a labor of love.

ISSY POWELL: And there's days I want to quit, and then that one day, somebody will reach out to me and thank me, letters, notes about how that one message that one day changed their whole day.

MADISON SAWYER: And those moments of gratitude keep her motivated.

ISSY POWELL: Once I start something, I'm a creature of habit and I can't quit. I mean, I don't want to quit because if it benefits someone in a good way, I'm not going to quit. I'm grateful to God that I'm able to do things like this and be able to speak what I want to say on the board. Yes, I'm very blessed to be able to do this.

DOUG DUNBAR: How cool are you, Issy? That was Madison Sawyer reporting. Issy's home, by the way, was significantly damaged in the winter storms back in February. Even though she's living out of a trailer right now while repairs are being done, she is still out there creating a new chalkboard message to display each and every day. We salute you. That's awesome.