The Appreciation Factor

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Thankful Thursdays – June 24th Edition

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As I post this latest Thankful Thursdays, we’ve just passed celebrated the first day of summer.  There were many times during our weekly snow storms when I couldn’t conceive of the arrival of summer, but I promise I will appreciate each and every day of it!  Thought it was apropos to share this on the first Thursday of summer. (Sorry though, no enlightening “summer” stories yet.)

Now a popular monthly feature, here are the latest links that make me smile on this Thankful Thursday — (My tribute to stories and videos that exemplify appreciation, those that have moved me, and other people making a difference.)

There’s No Place Like a Home

Source: Haileys Harvest

Source: Hailey’s Harvest

This is my favorite story this issue because paying it forward is a big deal to me.  You have to read about 9 year-old Hailey Ford of Bremerton, WA.  Hailey wasn’t satisfied with simply offering the homeless meals and food from the garden she started specifically for the homeless, so she started building small homes (sleeping shelters) for those in need through her non-profit Hailey’s Harvest.

You can reach about how it all started with a sandwich, that expanded into raising vegetables to the sleeping shelters she’s building almost all on her own. Read more in this Huffington Post article.

Also of note, for 2015, Hailey hopes to grow 250 pounds of food, and distribute, 1,000 toiletries, 500 feminine hygiene products, 100 coats, and “as many sleeping shelters as she can find space for.” (As of this post she’s just harvested her first 5 lbs. of veggies!)



How You’ll Spot Dragon!

Source: Deer Tracks Junction

I couldn’t help but share the story of Dragon, a whitetail Piebald deer, complete with a pink nose.  Unfortunately he was abandoned by his mother shortly after birth. (Piebalds are extremely rare in the wild due to their inability blend in with their woodsy environment, and this was likely the reason she abandoned him.) Fortunately, Dragon was born at the Deer Tracks Junction, an animal farm, and the owners have taken on his care and feeding. Get the complete story here.


Showers for All

lava maeThis story comes from San Francisco.
You may not appreciate or even think about your ability to take a shower or bath each day, or how being clean can not only make you feel good about yourself, but can also help you get ahead, but Doniece Sandoval does.  She believes that access to showers and toilets shouldn’t be a luxury, so in 2013 she started Lava Mae (translated as Wash Me combined with the South’s usage of two first names).

Lava Mae provides mobile showers (via a bus) four times a week to the over 7,300 homeless in San Francisco.  Many of them don’t have an easy option to get cleaned up as there are only 8 facilities (with only 1-2 showers each) in the San Francisco area for them to do so.  Access to Lava Mae gives the homeless a chance to regain their dignity, maintain their health, and/or a chance to improve their changes of getting a job.

I truly applaud her and her team’s efforts.  Click Lave Mae and Doniece Sandoval to learn more.


A Valedictorian Speech That Surprises

Instagram most often known as a way we chronicle our daily lives, was used for good, but “anonymously.”  For the last 11 months of Konner Suave’s senior year, he took the time to praise each and every one of the 657 students in his East Valley High School (Washington) — something he didn’t reveal until his valedictorian speech.    Learn more via the Yakima Herald or check out the Instagram account thebenevolentone3 (You will need to have an Instagram account to access.)  I’ve also read an update that an anonymous  poster has taken on his role (again anonymously) and is praising the students once more.)


That’s it for this edition.  Thanks for reading.

Do you have a story you’d like featured in my next Thankful Thursdays? Send me a link today via my Blog or Twitter


**Neither I nor my blog are paid to support/share comments or promotions about any organization or company. All comments and points of view are mine unless specified.
This issue is Thanks to: Huffington Post Community, Huffington Post Good News, Skye Gould, Hailey’s Harvest, Lava Mae, the Yakima Herald, Mashable, and



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