The Common Good

The Hoola Hoop Mission

Hula hoop image, Gorilla, Shutterstock.com
Hula hoop image, Gorilla, Shutterstock.com

It’s a simple joy – hoola hooping. And that seems to be the reason Carissa Caricato left her job to travel the world.

A few years ago when Carissa traveled to Haiti for earthquake relief efforts, she brought a few hoops to share with the children. Amid the devastation she discovered the power in these simple hoops to bring people together and transcend barriers of language and culture.  

Now, a few years later, she’s known as the hoola hoop missionary. She travels the world, bringing hoola hoops wherever she goes, sharing love for God and people. One hoop at a time. One life at a time.

Discover more about Carissa’s creative ministry Hoola for Happiness and her travel-hoop provider Hoopnotica for ways you can follow her mission, become involved, and stay up-to-date on all the latest hoopenings.


Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners. Read more from Joshua on his blog hail fellow well met.

Hula hoop image, Gorilla, Shutterstock.com

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