Thrive Causemetics

My sister, Jess (you can read her story here), is currently battling brain cancer. Before finding out about her cancer she loved getting eyelash extensions. She had just gotten her eyelashes done a few days before having her seizure and undergoing brain surgery. In order to operate they had to shave her head. It helped her to feel feminine with a shaved head to have her eyelashes done. Once she started chemotherapy her natural eyelashes started falling out which left nothing for the eyelash extensions to adhere to. Thrive Causemetics is a company that is thinking outside of the box in order to help cancer patients feel beautiful. Continue reading “Thrive Causemetics”

Jenson Family

The Jenson family has a tradition of making chocolate chip cookies every Sunday together. While the cookies are baking the kids all write a family they want to nominate on a piece of paper and put it into a hat. They choose two families from the hat to share their cookies with. Once the cookies are done baking they drop them off to the chosen families along with a note saying how much they appreciate them.

Best Buddies

At Glendora High School in Southern California they have a club at their school called “Best Buddies”. Students who sign up for this program are matched with a “Best Buddy”. This is typically a student with some form of special needs. Once a week these students meet with each other and have lunch together. They form a special bond throughout the year. Continue reading “Best Buddies”

Pakistan Street School

 

A 15 year old girl and her brother want to help educate the country’s poor by starting an outdoor school for children in need. She said, “It came to my mind, because one day I was crossing my street, and one kid, poor beggar kid came, and he just asked me, and instead of saying ‘give me some money,’ he said ‘how are you, ma’am? I love to study, and please teach us.” She went home and discussed this idea with her brother and they started this project. Continue reading “Pakistan Street School”

The Gentleman’s Club

Raymond Nelson is a teacher in South Carolina and he primarily works with at-risk students. Nelson decided he wanted to do something for the young male students who didn’t have a father figure in their lives so he started “The Gentleman’s Club”. In this club Nelson will teach the students life lessons that helps them to succeed. Their club motto is “Look good, feel good, do good”. Continue reading “The Gentleman’s Club”

Chelsea

When I was in college I was driving with a friend in the car. I knew I was low on gas and I had waited too long to fill up. However money was very tight and this was the first chance I had to fill up. I tried to stretch the gas as long as I could to make it to the gas station that was a few blocks away. We didn’t make it. I ran out of gas and my friend and I got out of the car and started walking. We had only gone about a block when a woman Continue reading “Chelsea”

Baden

Make-A-Wish is an incredible organization that consists of tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters. The Make-A-Wish vision is to “grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.”

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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

The best gift you can give is one that cannot be repaid and this organization provides just that. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep offers remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. Continue reading “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”

Brandon

Brandon had the day off of work and wanted to do something fun with his kids. He saw an ad for his local aquarium and decided that would be a fun outing. The ad said that if you brought five soda cans a child could get in for free with every paying adult. Brandon brought enough cans to get his kids in as well as extra cans that he gave to the person behind him in line to help cover the cost of their child as well. Sometimes it is the simplest of things that make the biggest difference in someones day.

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” -Bob Kerrey

Grace and McKay

It is always a great reminder that we are capable of changing the world. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we are able to solve all of the worlds problems but it does mean that you can change someones life, someones day or maybe just show someone a glimmer of love and hope. One of the biggest inspirations of all is when a child has taken this role upon themselves. Continue reading “Grace and McKay”

Puppies Behind Bars

“At Puppies Behind Bars, we believe that dogs can change lives.  Our dogs can change the lives of prison inmates who have built walls around their emotions in order to survive in prison.  Our dogs can change the lives of law enforcement agents who are looking for hidden explosives and know that the noses on their canine companions are the surest ways to find something, and they can change the lives of wounded war veterans for whom, in many cases, war has come to feel normal while being home has felt very scary.” Continue reading “Puppies Behind Bars”