Things We're Grateful For: 3 Dynamic Duos Making A Real Difference In The World
The holidays are a time for giving and being grateful for the things we have. Over the years, we've encountered many people who are making the world a better place. This holiday season, we want to shine a spotlight on these 3 dynamic duos who are dedicated to helping others! We're grateful for them!
Words are powerful; and this message runs deep into the heart of mother-daughter run business, Meredith's Jars Of Joy.
After a fallout between her and a childhood best friend, Meredith was heart-broken. Her mom, Pam placed a big glass bowl of inspirational quotes on her daughters' desk, in hopes that she would read one each day. After much reluctance, Meredith eventually obliged and... it changed her life! "The words that I read were exactly what I needed to hear in that moment, on that day!" declares Meredith. They were inspired to start Meredith's Jars of Joy and the rest is history!
With the goal of helping more people become involved in immigrants's lives, making friendships, and supporting the field workers of Ventura County, California, husband and wife duo, Judy and Ted Lucas founded Friends of Fieldworkers in 2013 in response to the Oxnard Fire of October 4, 2013, where dozens of field workers and their families lost everything.
Judy's important piece of advice, "Treat people like you would have hoped your immigrant family was treated."
Caiden is a 7-year-old boy who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After observing homeless people on the street, he wanted to do something to help. His church came up with the idea of "Blessing Bags" -- Ziploc bags with water, toothbrushes, socks, and other daily necessities. Check out this heartwarming video about Caiden and his father Manny's Blessing Bags and the impact it has on the homeless community in their neighborhood of Winston-Salem.
You can support Caiden's project by donating on his GoFundMe page.
Victoria Gouletas sensibly waited until after a Nor'easter had passed through their Connecticut town before venturing out to check for damage to her family's home. What she could not have expected was that a tree limb, weakened by the storm, would suddenly fall on her, forever altering the course of life for her and her family.
It was just one of thousands of new videos that are posted every day... but this one was different. Quickly, the story shifted into high gear and exploded as most viral videos do. It swept across the globe - 50,000… 300,000 … 1,000,000+ views - and overnight, Adam and Jared were social media stars.
A new baby is on the way and Trans Activist and motivational Speaker Aydian Dowling, and his wife, Jenilee, are clearly focused on planning for the future. This involves the need to think through how all the new things and new experiences they are going through will fit into their already crazy lifestyle.
At 15, Caly Bevier put her life on hold to battle ovarian cancer. Now, at 18, with her music propelling her forward, Caly is ready to release her new single, "Head Held High", and leave cancer in her dust.
Sonya del Gallego is a small, powerfully built, cheerful woman who doesn't exactly fit the profile of what one imagines when they think of a sumo wrestler. Not surprisingly, she is defiant in challenging gender stereotypes, and is an advocate for being yourself, regardless of whether it fits society's standards of "normal".
There's a bunch of teenagers swarming round a residential home, coming and going in a flurry and making a racket. Out of control party? Vandalism? Actually, these kids are volunteers, providing home repairs for elderly, disabled or low income residents in a small town, and trying to bring hope to their lives while making some lasting connections.
It's a given that adopting a dog from a shelter is a roll of the dice. There is typically little information about what that animal has been through and for how long, and the best you can do when you visit is take in what you see, hear, and feel and make your decision.