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People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Our “People Who Do Good” series has been a blast and I’ve enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a […]

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People Who Do Good: The Adventures of Coach Crawford

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

In March, I proudly started a series on people who go the extra mile to inspire and enrich the community around them. First, we met Shari Grimes and the work she does for the Hope House, then we met a […]

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When Tyler Perry’s ‘Good Deeds’ Meet Great Needs

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Tyler Perry has a new film coming out today called Good Deeds. In it, the lives of a businessman and a cleaning woman collide with a single act of charity. As you can imagine, Good Deeds is about what happens […]

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Team TobyMac Raises More Than $100,000 for New Hope Academy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’m a big fan of anyone who uses their star power for good. Recently, I highlighted celebrities like Justin Bieber and others who help promote good causes. I just heard about this and wanted to share. Recent BMI “Songwriter of […]

Free Hugs and Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here are some people out to spread the love. In London, England, there’s a group called Action for Happiness that has made it their members’ sole mission to make other people just a little bit happier. They give out free […]

Be The Change

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi I visited a new church last Sunday. It was very small – less than 30 people. They meet out of a studio downtown and quickly tear down […]

Celebrities Giving Back

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I like to highlight different organizations that are making the world a better place or simply bringing do-gooders to the forefront. It’s inspiring for us all to know that everyone can make a difference and here are a few who […]

Justin Bieber Fans Help Raise $7 Million for Charity

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Here’s a great example of using fame for good. For his 17th birthday (March 1), teen pop star Justin Bieber asked his fans to donate money to Charity:Water, an organization that provides clean drinking water for impoverished countries. He wrote […]

The Starfish Story

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Just when you think one person can’t make a difference…Read More:Jim Wallis on Making a Difference9 Ways to Create Positive Change10 Ways to Become a Sacred Activist This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (1) Happy (0) Better (0) Challenged (0)

The Kindness of Strangers

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire When was the last time someone did something unexpectedly nice for you? Not someone you knew, but a total stranger? […]

Love, Compassion and The Golden Rule

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

My little cousin is full of questions and very few answers will satisfy her. It makes for interesting conversation, to say the least, but she came up with a tough one the other day. She was recounting some kids in […]

Be An Angel Day is on August 22

posted by lbrockway

Guest Blog by Alexander Garrett Be An Angel Day 2010 is just around the corner, on August 22nd. This holiday has been around since 1993,  and is in the 17th year of its existence. Be An Angel Day is, well, about being […]

White House Announces 2010 Citizen Medal Winners

posted by Ju-Don Roberts

Each year, the White House honors U.S. citizens “who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs.” This year, it turned the task of choosing nominees over to the public. The White House issued the following write-up on the winners: […]

Lipstick, Nail Polish and Love for Nursing Home Residents

posted by lbrockway

Guest Post by Rona Cherry It was a Sunday afternoon in July, a perfect day to be outdoors. Instead, 25 volunteers had chosen to participate in an Afternoon of Pampering for residents of a 520-bed nursing home and rehabilitation facility […]

Buy a Kenneth Cole T-shirt, Help the Gulf Oil Spill

posted by shuang

Threadless.com is not the only company creating Gulf oil spill t-shirts with the aim to donate proceeds to relief efforts. Well-known fashion designer Kenneth Cole’s has also launched a t-shirt initiative to help support those affected by the Gulf oil […]

President Obama Launches ‘Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative’

posted by shuang

As a father of two young girls, President Obama understands the importance of being a good leader and role model for his daughters. To support and encourage other fathers to be good role models, the President launched a new phase […]

Marathon Runner Makes a Difference Donating Kidney

posted by shuang

We received this encouraging story about a woman who decided to donate a kidney in order to make a difference in someone’s life.  The following is a condensed and edited version of the story, featured with permission of the National […]

Buy a Threadless Tee, Help the Gulf Oil Spill

posted by shuang

Threadless, an online t-shirt company that prints designs submitted and voted on by users, just debuted a t-shirt to help those affected by the Gulf oil spill. The t-shirt, titled “peliCAN,” shows the silhouette of a pelican covered in oil rising from […]

John Tesh Radio Show Wants You to ‘Adopt A Fisherman’

posted by shuang

We’ve all seen the horrific photos of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Water birds, fish, and other sea animals have been affected along with fishermen whose livelihood depends on the Gulf. At least 27,000 jobs have been […]

Simon Cowell Fulfills a Little Girl’s Last Wish

posted by shuang

Usually, Simon Cowell is known as the king of mean, but the former “American Idol” judge reconnected with his nice side when he granted the dying wish of five-year-old Bethany Fenton. Diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor last year, Fenton’s […]

Homeless Man Rescues a Dog from an Oil Pit

posted by shuang

A German shepherd mix was recently rescued from a 6-foot deep oil pit by a disabled homeless man in Memphis, Tennessee.   J. Dudley Beavers, who has an artificial leg, had been seeking shelter at an old car wash when he […]

Video: Hero Dog Rescues Another Dog on a Highway

posted by shuang

An amazing video is making the rounds on YouTube.  A dog in Santiago, Chile is shown risking his life by running into the middle of a highway to rescue another dog hit by a car.  The hero dog is shown dragging the […]

Four Incredible Kids Awarded for Kindness to Pets

posted by shuang

Ellen DeGeneres isn’t the only one raising awareness for pets; four kids and teens are being awarded for their humanitarian efforts to help animals. As part of “Be Kind to Animals Week” (May 2-8), the American Humane Association sponsored a contest […]

Meals on Wheels Feeds Senior Moms on Mother’s Day

posted by shuang

When you treat your mom to dinner this weekend, think about buying an extra meal for a senior mom who may not have the family support she needs. Meals on Wheels Association of America has started a new campaign called “Meals […]

Ellen DeGeneres Supports Shelter Pets and Postal Stamps

posted by shuang

Today at 2:00 pm, special stamps that support adoption for shelter pets officially go on sale at your local post office and on StampsToTheRescue.com.  The ten “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” stamps showcase 5 shelter cats and 5 shelter dogs that […]

A Mayor Gives Her Own Kidney to Facebook Friend

posted by shuang

When April Capone Almon, the 35-year-old mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, saw Carlos Sanchez’s Facebook update about needing a kidney, she immediately knew what to do. Capone recalled reaching out to Sanchez on Facebook: “I sent him a private message […]

Would You Write a Love Letter for a Stranger?

posted by shuang

In her personal story for RealSimple.com, “I Wrote a Stranger’s Love Letter,” Julianna Baggott shares how she keeps the love alive with her husband: by being open to others and learning their life stories to share with her husband.  She discovers […]

mothers2mothers Helps Pregnant Women in Africa Save Their Babies From AIDS

posted by lbrockway

Want to do something truly special for Mom this year? Help another mother across the globe save her baby from being born with HIV. mothers2mothes is a not-for-profit organization that helps pregnant women and new mothers in Africa learn how […]

Metropolis Planet Organizes Bone Marrow Drive in Honor of Clyde Wills

posted by lbrockway

The Metropolis Planet is organizing a Bone Marrow Drive in honor of Clyde Wills, their Editor Emeritus, on April 12, and the town of Metropolis is rallying around this very special man. In this photo, then presidential hopeful Barack Obama poses […]

The Physically Challenged Irish and American Youth Team

posted by lbrockway

In 2008, my son was given the chance of a lifetime to travel with 20 or so other physically challenged athletes to Dublin, Ireland to partake in the Physically Challenged Irish and American Youth Team games. The trip was a wonderful […]

Actress Renee Zellweger Rewards Good Deed with Starbucks

posted by lbrockway

Actress Renee Zellweger was ordering Starbucks recently when her parking meter was about to expire. A good samaritan rushed out and poured some coins into the movie stars meter to prevent her from getting a parking ticket. The reward: Renee […]

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Poem: In The End
Today’s guest blogger is poet Tara Sophia Mohr Learn more about Tara’s poetry

posted 4:30:02pm Oct. 24, 2012 | read full post »

A Quote to Live By
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Henry David Thoreau Whatever you were put on this earth to do, do it today. Don't delay. Don't look back. Run like crazy towards your passion and watch God lay the adventure out before you.

posted 9:22:40am Aug. 01, 2012 | read full post »

People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference
Our "People Who Do Good" series has been a blast and I've enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a heart for the less fortunate. When most people hear the word art, they

posted 12:10:27am Jul. 30, 2012 | read full post »

The Problem with Pain
I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, “How do I deal with the pain?” The problem with pain

posted 11:06:30am Jul. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
Photo Credit: OWN / George Burns We have a number of bloggers and writers here who have been inspired  by the writings of Marianne Williamson. Her debut book, A Return to Love, reflected A Course in Miracles for a new generation. She first gained notoriety by an appearance on the Oprah show, and

posted 4:53:44pm Jul. 26, 2012 | read full post »

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