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The Extraordinary Acts For Others Podcast
43 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
S2 E1: #GivingTuesdayMilitary
#GivingTuesdayMilitary is a movement to bring the focus of Giving Tuesday back to acts of kindness. The goal is for military families, service members (active duty and reserve), veterans and their families and patriotic American to do 1 MILLION ACTS OF KINDNESS on December 3rd (Giving Tuesday). Use the #GivingTuesdayMilitary to share your act of kindness and to be added to the official count!
38 minutes | May 28, 2019
012: Samuel Bistrian Founder and CEO of Roma Boots
Our Extraordinary Guest is Samuel Bistrian Founder and CEO of Roma Boots (RomaBoots.com) 1. Samuel grew up in Communist controlled Romania with his family which included 11 brothers and sisters. They immigrated to the United States when he was 8. 2. He said his parents encouraged faith and gratitude in the house which spurred him and his siblings to live lives of service (one sibling moved back to Romania to open an orphanage). 3. Roma Boots (Roma is Amor, which means love, spelled backwards) was inspired by a meeting Samuel had with Blake Mycoskie founder of Toms. He emulated that buy one give one model and started by making rain boots because of their versatility and longevity and started giving pairs away in Romania. Spirited Stories Our first story comes Marietta Georgia where Floyd Martin is retiring from his neighborhood route as a mailman after more than 20 years. To help him celebrate, people on his route decorated their mail boxes, and a local journalist followed him on his last route tweeting all the expressions of love she heard. Then Twitter magic happened, a Go fund me was set up and people across the country celebrated Mr. Martin by donating so he could fund a trip to Hawaii. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/a-mail-carrier-in-georgia-retired-strangers-across-social-media-celebrated-—-and-theyre-sending-him-to-hawaii/ar-AABRx8u Next we celebrate the thousands of Americans who honored fallen service members this Memorial weekend in their communities. It was amazing to veteran cemetaries across the country share images of hundreds and even sometimes thousands of volunteers placing flags to respectfully remember our country’s service members who died. In Boston more than 37,000 flags were on display in Boston Commons – one for every Masachusetts service member who died since the revolution. In Artlington the Old Guard of the Army and volunteers put a flag on each of the 250,000 gravesites. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/handyman-offers-free-help-to-single-moms/ar-AAB6B7h Freedom's Ring USA 1. Follow Freedom's Ring @FreedomsRingUSA 2. Share your story of service in your community with #ExtraoridnaryActsForOthers 3. Enter the ring, become a FRiend and join the FRamily at FreedomsRingUSA.org
29 minutes | May 20, 2019
011: Jessica Rambo with Painted Buffalo
Extraordinary Guest: Jessica Rambo (USMC veteran) founder of Painted Buffalo (paintedbuffalostudio.com) 1. Jessica who is an art student in North Carolina, has found great therapy in art, and is using art to connect with veterans and allow them to use art in very therapeutic ways. 2. Jessica is also a mother to two boys, who are learning service right along side their mom as they watch her grow Painted Buffalo and volunteer in many of the programs. 3. Jessica is also committed to living tiny. She has recently purchased a school bus and is making renovations on it to turn it in to a traveling art studio complete with a family living area. (You can watch the progress on their social media channels -- Painted Buffalo Studio on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube). Extraordinary Stories: 1. Our first story comes Michigan where Sophie Kilsman gave Doug Harvey a hug. This hug is extraordinary because Mr. Harvey was a soldier in the 84th infantry division during WWII and Ms. Kilsman was a girl in the Salzwedel camp which Harvey was there to liberate the camp. Ms. Kilsman was thrilled to be able to have Harvey over to share picture of the family she started when she immigrated here to the US. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/michigan-holocaust-survivor-ex-soldier-who-helped-free-her-have-emotional-meeting/ar-AABkyoY 2. Next we follow Tyler Carach who is on a mission to thank every police officer in America. In two years, Tyler (who is 11) has delivered 75,000 donuts to police stations in 41 states. This all started cause he saw 4 officers in his local grocery store and wanted to buy them a snack—their overwhelming gratitude spured him to thank as many as he could. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/handyman-offers-free-help-to-single-moms/ar-AAB6B7h 3 Ways to Support Freedom's Ring 1. Follow @FreedomsRingUSA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) 2. Join us in service -- when you serve use #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers to share the goodness 3. Enter the Ring, become a FRiend, & Join our FRamily www.FreedomsRingUSA.org (membership is always free and earned by your service in your community)
53 minutes | May 13, 2019
010: Carol McCloud author of "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?"
Extraordinary Guest: Carol McCloud author of "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" 1. "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" offers imagery for happiness and emotional well-being. In essence, we all carry an invisible bucket and the bucket is there to hold the good things that happen to us. When our bucket is full we are happy and when our buckets are empty we are emotionally drained and generally unhappier. You can fill other people's buckets by doing things that increase their happiness (hugs, nice notes, pats on the back, doing things that make others happy) 2. The concept is simple as Carol McCloud often teaches it to elementary schools, but it can be applied anywhere. The message is important for our families, our workplaces, our schools, and our organizations. Spirited Stories Our first story comes from St. Louis Mo where Hilary Mackin flew out Sister Arombo from Uganada to see her get married. The two had met at the convent Arombo was serving displaced and refugee children when Hilary was on a mission trip 6 years ago and remained pen pals. During that time Arombo was also going blind. When she arrived in the United States, Hilary arranged for Arombo to get lasik surgery where the doctor, touched by the story, offered to do it for free. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/she-has-a-heart-of-gold-st-louis-woman-helps-ugandan-nurse-pen-pal-see-again/ar-AABb4Wi Next we go to San Diego California where Kevin Saldivar, a handy man, has helped single mothers with household needs every may for the past four years. After being raised by a single mother, Kevin said he wanted to use the skills he had to help others who were in situations where they needed work to be done but not necessarily money to get them done. He volunteers his time after work and on the weekends in honor of mothers day. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/handyman-offers-free-help-to-single-moms/ar-AAB6B7h Get Involved: 1. Follow @FreedomsRingUSA (facebook, Twitter, Instagram) 2. Tag us in good news stories -- they will be shared as our spirited stories of the week. 3. Use the #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers when you do good in your community and we will celebrate them
25 minutes | May 6, 2019
Bonus Episode with Leslie O'Bryant & Susan Newell of Shauna's Sweet Tea
Thank you so much for coming back to listen to this bonus episode of the Extraordinary Acts For Others Podcast made by Freedom’s Ring. We here at Freedom’s Ring strongly believe every extraordinary acts for others creates an even more extraordinary America and that is why we are so proud of our service in our communities and celebrating others who serve and give back through their own life, business and organizations. Service to the well-being of our country, however that may look is patriotism in action. I am the host Sara Hunold and founder of Freedom’s Ring and this week we continue with our conversation with Leslie O’Bryant and Susan Newell. They are our extraordinary guest because just over a year ago Susan’s daughter and Leslie’s sister, Shauna who was a navy veteran became part of the statistics that 22 veterans a day commit suicide. In the aftermath of the loss, Leslie and Susan founded Shauna’s Sweet Tea, a nonprofit with a mission to support mental health issues that youth and veterans face as well as to bring comfort to family members experiencing loss because of suicide. Before we get to part two of our conversation with Leslie and Susan, here is how Freedom’s Ring is focusing on and addressing mental and emotional health and well-being. 1. First, we are committed to growing our sense of community. I’ve talked about it before, by I grew up in a town with a very tight nit community and when we PCSd nearly 3,000 miles away losing that sense of community was devastating. That is what motivated me to learn more about how to build that up and those finding is our mission – getting out and engaging in our communities and building relationships in and around our communities. This is essential to our temporary lifestyles as military families because relationships allow us to get more rooted. Stronger the roots, the more resilient we become to life. 2. We use service as our vehicle to building community because the research is clear on how extraordinary volunteering is for us. When we volunteer, we see that our actions are useful and we feel better when we know that our lives have a bigger purpose than just serving ourselves. When we serve a greater cause, we feel a greater sense of connection to the people we serve, the people serving along side of us, and greater sense of connection to the positive contributions we bring to the people around us. With that we invite you to become a Friend and join our FRamily dedicated to service. Membership is always free at FreedomsRingUSA.org. And now here is our conversation about the extraordinary work of Shauna’s Sweet Tea . [Interview with Susan and Leslie] Thank you so much Leslie and Susan for sharing about Shauna and for the inspirtation of using the pain in your life to proactively reach out to serve others and promote kindness towards ourselves and others. If you want to learn more about Shauna Sweet Tea and the mission Leslie and Susan are on in Shauna’s memory, visit shaunaSweetTea.org. Now its time for spirited stories of extraordinary acts for others that happen across our extraordinary country. We celebrate the goodness around us because research has shown when we appreciate goodness we are more likely to act in goodness. When you see goodnews stories tag @FreedomsRingUSA or use the #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers and we will spread and celebrate the extraordinary goodness of America. Our first story comes from Santa Clara California where 500 kids who are battling cancer will gather for a day a way from cancer this mothers day. This day will include free admission in to an amusement park and a picnic lunch organized by an organization called Courageous Kids which was founded by a 2 time cancer survivor. The entire day is designed for the whole family to take a break from thinking about cancer and just enjoying themselves. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/families-get-day-away-from-cancer-at-california-park/ Next we go to Manchester where a police officer is credited with helping a man he has arrested four to five times. Officer MaGuire told this man if he would get sober, he would take him golfing after he figured out they shared that in common. As the man was going through rehab, donations started coming in, a set of golf balls, a set of clubs, and giftcards for rounds of golf. In all Mark has been sober over 100 days now and as promised Officer Maguier and he have hit the links. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/police-officers-promise-to-homeless-man-gets-him-off-streets-onto-golf-course/ar-AAAMnsi Now its our turn to make our own goodness. As we heard in the stories of extraordinary acts for others above, the most heart warming stories of giving is all about ordinary service with extra love. So we encourage you to do the same and when you do you service to others or volunteer in your communities share it with us – you can email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org, DM us the story on social media or our preferred way is to post your story with the #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers. Thank you again for listening to the extraordinary acts for others podcast. Its been amazing to see it grow. If you want to do something extraordinary for us, you can subscribe, rate us and leave a review, and spread the word by sharing on your social media. We really believe people are extraordinary and have the ability right now to do something extraordinary for someone else. We invite you to join us follow us @FreedomsRingUSA and sign up for FREE membership on FreedomsRingUSA.org. Be extraordinary and enter the Ring, become a Friend and join our FRamily.
30 minutes | Apr 29, 2019
009: Shauna's Sweet Tea w/ Leslie O'Braynt & Susan Newell
Extraordinary Guests: Leslie O'Bryant & Susan Newell of Shauna's Sweet Tea (ShaunaSweetTea.org) 1. I am joined by a fellow military spouse, Leslie O'Braynt and her mom, Susan Newell, who founded Shanua Sweet Tea after Susan's daughter and Leslie's sister, Shauna (a Navy veteran) committed suicide last year. 2. Their mission focuses on mental health and well-being as well as providing support for family members experiencing loss after suicide. 3. They have a product, a Sweet Tea, they are working on canning and distributing to schools in their efforts to target youth, because suicide is the second leading death for people under the age of 24. Three Things to Know about Freedoms Ring (FreedomsRingUSA.org, @FreedomsRingUSA) 1. Hard Work of Freedom Tour is 2 weeks away, starting in NYC at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. There are 20 service events lined up across the country between May 10 Military Spouse Day and 4th of July. 2. Quantico, VA is establishing a chapter that will be ready to roll and ready to serve in June. If you know anyone in the Northern VA area, have them get in touch and volunteer with us. 3. If we aren't in your community yet, there are virtual opportunities. You don't have to be geographically with us to serve with us. Join our FRamily freedomsringusa.org (membership is always FRee for everyone!) Extraordinary Stories 1) Our first story comes from Oxford Alabama where three young men were dining out when they noticed an elderly woman eating at the same Barbeque restaurant alone. they hated seeing her Alone, so he went to her table asking if he could keep her company and together they shared a meal. It gets extraordinary because Elenor, the woman is an 80 year old widow and the rest of her family lives out of town. She think this was a godly intervention and these young men said they just wanted to show the world it’s alright to be kind. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/elderly-widow-who-was-invited-to-eat-with-strangers-i-think-it-was-a-god-thing-2019-04-26/ 2) Next we go to Huntsville Alabama where David Green teaches history and raises his 16 month old daughter. Six months ago his daughter was diagnosed with cancer and his collegues rallied together to donate their own personal sick days when he ran out. The Green’s were blown away by the response as they were hoping that he could get enough to be with her once a week for treatment, but ended up with over 100 days donated to him. Mrs. Green said “It’s a huge blessing and we can’t wait until we are in the position to give back and help others.”
33 minutes | Apr 22, 2019
Bonus Episode with Krista Simpson Anderson of The Unquiet Professional
31 minutes | Apr 15, 2019
008: Krista Simpson Anderson co-founder and CEO of The Unquiet Professional
Extraordinary Guest: Krista Simpson Anderson co-founder and CEO of The Unquiet Professional 1. Krista Simpson Anderson is both a Gold Star and Blue Star Spouse, meaning her first husband (SSgt. Michael Simpson) died in 2013 from injuries sustained in combat and has since remarried (to Gus Anderson) an active duty soldier. 2. After SSgt. Simpson's death, she co-founded The Unquiet Professional as a way to honor her husband's death but also to give back to the military community that had helped her family after his loss. 3. The Unquiet Professional honors both Simpson and Anderson as they not only remember and honor the fallen, but also serve those who are still living through their programs. 3 Things to Know about Freedoms Ring 1. Our communities need us to be engaged. There is always opportunities for our communities to be better and often times the solutions are out there needing volunteers to step up and offer their time and talents and skills to make a difference. 2. Service is empowering and gives extraordinary benefits for our personal well-being. When we give back we recognize that we do have abilities to make a positive contribution to others. That we have so much to offer this world and that it feel really good when we do know our worth and help others. 3. Community engagement through service helps us build the community around us and feel more connected. This is why we target military families with service. Not only is service a family value and we are inclined to serve our country, but often times we move every 2-3 years causing a major disruption to our sense of community. When we serve in our communities, we make connections and make our temporary duty stations feel a little more like home each time we engage in the community. We get to know new places, meet new people, and deepen the relationships with the people we already know. Spirited Stories 1. Our first story comes from Grand Rapids Michigan where police officer Lynema saw Thomas a young boy who had just missed the bus chasing after it. With permission from his mother, he gave the boy a ride to school. The story only gets more extraordinary from there. During the ride to school, Thomas said he feared no one would come to his birthday party that night. Officer Lynema showed up to the party but was the only one there. The next day he threw a party for Thomas when he got off the bus that included a singing quartet and a birthday cake. Thomas said it was his favorite birthday yet. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/police-officer-throws-9-year-old-boy-party-after-no-one-showed-up-to-his-birthday/ar-BBVSTuB 2. Next we go to Musgeon Heights, Michigan where a 12 year old boy is helping fill the cities pot holes. This started after a pot hole destroyed his mothers tire and axel and he wanted to make sure that it didn’t happen to anyone else. One quote from the story that stood out was when Monte the 12 year old said, “ I tell myself: I have a responsibility to do something to help the community out.” #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers So now its your turn to take responsibility to do something to help our communities out and do extraordinary acts for others which is ordinary service with extra spirit like these stories above. When you do you service to others or volunteer in your communities share it with us – you can email your story to email@example.com, DM us the story on social media or our preferred way is to post your story with the #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers. Subscribe, Rate and Review, Share Thank you again for listening to the extraordinary acts for others podcast. If you want to do something extraordinary for us, you can subscribe, rate us and leave a review, and spread the word by sharing on your social media.
38 minutes | Apr 8, 2019
007: Inspiring Hands with founder Vanessa Hornedo
Extraordinary Guest: Vanessa Hornedo Founder of Inspiring Hands (Myhandsinspire.org @InspiringHands) 1. Mission is to support economic opportunities for women in rural undeveloped countries (focused right now in the Dominican Republic). 2. Vanessa's inspiration came from a service trip she did in college to the Dominican Republic and her time serving here at home in AmeriCorps. 3. Vanessa is also a mother of young kids and shares with us how she runs her nonprofit while also raising her sons. Spirited Stories Our first story comes from Connectictut Where rapper 50 cent just sold his 51 bedroom mansion. Yes 51 bedrooms. Whats extraordinary about this 2.9 million dollar sale is that it was 87% below asking price and 50 cent was happy about it. He’s happy because it was the first purchase he made when he made it and he is giving the money from the sale to his G-Unit Foundation which finances nonprofits that benefit disadvantaged communities across the country. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/50-cent-sold-mansion-for-charity/ Next we go to Central Florida where a Florida Man is in the news for all the right reasons. Johnny Fluitt lived homeless most of his life, but he is using his experience to give back with an organization that served him well, Food Brings Hope. Currently Johnny is a high school senior who is duel enrolled in a community college, works part-time, has an internship and still finds time to volunteer and give back providing nourishment to other homeless youth in the community. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/once-homeless-teen-now-gives-back-inspires-volusia-community/ar-BBVCrpJ 1. It's National Volunteer Week -- share with your service by using #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers 2. Unite with us www.Freedomsringusa.org, membership is always free. its earned with your service. 3. Follow us on Facebook,Instagram, Twitter @FreedomsRingUSA
23 minutes | Mar 24, 2019
BONUS: Amanda Baity w/ Semper K9
35 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
006: Amanda Baity with SemperK9 Saving Lives of Veterans & Dogs
Extraordinary Guest -- Amanda Baity of Semper K9 (SemperK9.org / @SemperK9) 1. Semper K9 rescues dogs, trains them to be service dogs and matches them with wounded veterans who need the assistance. 2. They have a commitment for life with the veterans. After the match has been made, they continue to reach out to ensure the needs of the veteran are continued to be met. So far, they have match about 50 veterans with Service Dogs and are expanding their facilities and opperations to grow that. 3. Learn more www.SemperK9.org or follow them @SemperK9 Things to know about Freedom's Ring USA (www.FreedomsRingUSA.org / @FreedomsRingUSA) 1. Hard Work of Freedom Tour is May 10 - July 4th. Visit wwww.FreedomsRingUSA.org/HardWorkOfFreedomTour to see where we are going. 2. There is a virtual option if we are not coming to your community this year. Sign up and serve in your own community to join us on the Hard Work of Freedom Tour. 3. If you know other service members, their spouses, their parents or siblings, or know extraordinary community members who would want to join us in service Invite them. All are welcome on the Hard Work of Freedom Tour, though some sites have limited capacity. You must register on Event Brite. Spirited Stories of #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers Around our Country 1. Mr. Smith Bought $1000 worth of Girl Scout cookies and told the Girl Scouts to give away all 250 boxes. https://fox13now.com/2019/03/12/man-buys-1000-girl-scout-cookies-tells-scouts-to-hand-them-out/ 2. Texas General Land Office has the Unaccompanied Veterans Program that burries veterans without families with full military honors and supportive community members come out to ensure veterans aren't buried alone. The just buried their 100th veteran and the program's success is being developed in other states and communities. https://www.foxnews.com/us/burial-program-for-veterans-in-texas-reaches-milestone-as-100th-unaccompanied-veteran-laid-to-rest Get Involved 1. Share your spirite3d story of service -- email it to podcast@FreedomsRingUSA.org or post it on social media using #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers 2. Tag us in goodnews stories @FreedomsRingUSA 3. Enter the Ring, Become a FRiend and Join our FRamily (www.FreedomsRingUSA.org). Membership is free but earned with your service.
37 minutes | Mar 11, 2019
005 - Continued Service with Ian Haynes of the Mission Continues
This week's Extraordinary Guest is Ian Haynes of The Mission Continues 1. The Mission Continues is a veteran service organization, with the mission to empowers veterans by challenging them to continued service in through community service in their communities. 2. The Mission Continues has 4 programs: The primary program we discuss are the service platoons (the local groups in 55 metro areas across the US that organize service projects). The other programs are the service leader Corps, the Women's Leadership Summit and Mass Deployment opportunities. 3. Ian is employed by the Mission Continues and is the City Impact Manager here in Columbus, OH serving the Columbus and Cleveland service platoons. Three Things to know about Freedom's Ring USA 1. The Mission Continues is an organization that inspired our founding. Primarily because I love that it serves veterans by challenging them. That is empowerment and I believe this nation needs to challenge more of us to serve others. 2. I also connected with the idea that the Mission Continues tapped into the veteran's desire for continued service. I believe the entire family has a desire for service and that is why I felt compelled to start Freedom's Ring. 3. The Mission Continues understands the need for increased sense of purpose and that you can increase an individual's sense of purpose by service. By getting people to make positive contributions in their community, you can increase their sense of purpose, sense of worth, and sense of community. Spirited Stories 1. Alabama - days after a devastating tornado killed 23 people, 2 corporations (who declined to be named) pledged to pay for the funerals of all 23 victims. 2. New Jersey - Teenage boys led by Patrick Lanigan woke up to shovel his neighbors driveway at 4:30 am. They did this because he knew his neighbor needed dialysis treatments. Extraordinary Acts For Others Challenge of the Week 1. Share a story of extraordinary acts for others that you do. As you can see, they really do inspire more goodness in our country. Tag @FreedomsRingUSA on social Media or use #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers.
35 minutes | Mar 4, 2019
004: Spreading Love & Positivity w/ MakeADay
Extraordinary Guest: Kyle Barger w/ MakeADay (@MakeADayHQ) 1. Kyle owns both a for-profit business and leads a nonprofit, so he brings a unique perspective as he leads in both arenas. 2. Make A Day, has a simple premise, it is to simply go out and make a strangers day by spreading love and positivity. This all started when Kyle and his cousin decided to simply buy burritos and have lunch with a couple of homeless men they had passed on the street regularly. This opportunity to get to know these men led to the nonprofit, Make a Day. 3. Make A Day, is a local Columbus nonprofit that sets up pop up events that offers food, hair cuts and shaves, and social interactions. Three Things to Know about Freedom's Ring 1. Hard Work of Freedom Tour is coming up! Sign up to volunteer or sponsor our events (www.FreedomsRingUSA.org/HardWorkOfFreedomTour) 2. We talk about our name: The Ring to Freedom is responsibility. For us, we highlight our responsibility in our service to our country men and women. It also plays on our origin as we are founded by a military spouse. Service members defend our freedom and military spouses are the ring to that. 3. We use our initials often (FR) that's why we call our members FRiends and we welcome them to our FRamily. We focus a lot on relationships, so those bonds we form are important. For us we use the definition for Family from coach PJ Fleck: FAMILY stands for Forget About Me, I Love You. That's the attitude of service we want in our organization. SPIRITED stories 1. Logan Brinson, a 5 year old, opens his own library for the kids for his neighbors (link) 2. Alfread Street Baptist Church raised $100,000 to pay for student debts of 34 of Howard University. (Link) Extraordinary Acts For Others Challenge Write Medal of Honor Recipients (Link to Janine's Page). List of Living Medal of Honor Recipients Address: Medal of Honor Mail CallATTN: (Your Recipient's Name)2400 Boston Street, Ste 102Baltimore, MD 21224
35 minutes | Feb 25, 2019
003: Giving Back with Flags Of Valor
Our Extraordinary Guest is Brian Steorts of Flags of Valor (FOV) 1. Flags of Valor has the mission to hire combat veterans, make products here in America, and to give back -- all three pieces are essential to the DNA of who Flags of Valor is 2. Brian shared about many of FOV partnerships including their support of the 9/11 Promise Run, and several other Veteran Service Organizations. They have raised nearly 3/4 of a million dollars for charity in their 4 years of existance -- hence why they are guests on the Extraordinary Acts For Others Podcast. 3. Brian shares about his personal life and how he tries to maintain work life balance as a husband, father and business owner. He also shares a story of when we received an award for saving swimmers at a beach in Florida. Three things to know about Freedom's Ring 1. Hard work of freedom tour is coming up: May 10 (Military Spouse Day) - July 4 (independence day). It is a 20 stop tour of service. We will be doing extraordinary acts for others in NYC, DC, Quantico, Viriginia Beach, Glendale AZ, Sierra Vista AZ, Tucson AZ, Yuma AZ, Columbus OH, Dayton OH, Fort Knox, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, San Diego, Los Angeles. (See all at FreedomsRingUSA.org/HardWorkofFreedomTour) 2. The Hard Work of Freedom Tour name comes from a challenge from President George HW Bush "We all have something to give, if you can read go find someone who cant. if you have a hammer find a nail. If you are not hungry, not lonely, not in trouble, seek out someone who is. Join the community of conscience and do the hard work of freedom. 3. These service projects are designed to be meaningful way to unite military families with their local communities by doing extraordinary acts for others together. They are open to both military families and community members. Join to volunteer or support us as a sponsor at FreedomsRingUSA.org/HardWorkofFreedomTour) Spirited Stories 1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/boys-recite-pledge-of-allegiance-next-to-flag-outside-roseboro-north-carolina-fire-department/ 2. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=756977791368326 As always you can send us spirited stories. Tag @FreedomsRingUSA or use #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers
30 minutes | Feb 18, 2019
002: From Homeless to Helping Homeless with the Bautista Project
Our Extraordinary Guest Today is Marla Bautista of the Bautista Project * Marla shares her experience of being homeless and how that turned into the Bautista Project a company that uses it's profits to help homeless near the base they are stationed at. * Marla also shares how she is involved in her community volunteering both on base and out in the community and how that volunteer experience is an expression of patriotism and a way to be connected. * Marla also talks about inviting her kids to serve with as a family when they serve the homeless in their community. You can follow the Bautista Project www.TheBautistaProject.com or @TheBautistaProject on Instagram and Facebook Our Challenge of the week is to send travel size hygiene products to the Bautista Project to include in the belonging boxes they hand out directly to those in need. Visit The Bautista Project for shipping details. As always we invite you to share good news stories with us, Tag @FreedomsRingUSA or use #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers to bring attention to the goodness you see around you. This week's spirited stories are: 1. https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/02/12/firefighter-paramedics-push-patient-to-hospital-newsource-orig.cnn 2. https://www.khou.com/article/news/jj-watt-personally-delivers-jersey-to-cy-fair-isd-student/285-11e72ce7-a65b-4364-9a07-c083b71e13c8 For more goodness happening in our country, follow @FreedomsRingUSA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can follow the Host, Sara Hunold @SaraHunold on Twitter and Instagram.
26 minutes | Feb 11, 2019
001: Adding Value Within Business with Combat Flip Flops
3 things to know about Freedom's Ring USA 1. We believe everyone is extraordinary and has gifts, talents and skills they can share by doing extraordinary acts for others right now. 2. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. The most extraordinary extraordinary acts for others are most often very ordinary in nature -- but they become extraordinary when they are in service of others. All it takes is for us to do the extra. 3. The Spirit of Service matters. We define spirit, its an acronym for us. Stouthearted Patriotism, Idustriousness, Relationships, Idealism, & Thankfulness. Extraordinary Guest: Matthew "Griff" Griffin - CEO of Combat Flip Flops * CFF manufactures peace by intentionally manufacturing their products in conflict zones and using part of their profits to educate young Afghan women. * The details of the starting of Combat Flip Flops is outlined in Steps Ascending: Rise of the Unarmed Forces Griff's new book. * @CombatFlipFlops on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter * @CFF.Griff on Instagram SPIRITED Stories 1. Florida residents step us to help Leo McLarney, a WWII - Pearl Harbor Survivor and veteran of Guadacanal, whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/01/04/cbs4-viewers-stepping-up-to-help-wwii-vet-in-need/ 2. Steve Skinner was told he only has a few months to live, and his life long wish was to attend the Super Bowl. Mr. Medici saw his story after his son was raising money to buy his father a ticket and offered to take the entire family in his suite. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/metro-atlanta-family-fulfills-dying-father-s-wish-to-attend-super-bowl/914728831 ***If you see extraordinary acts for others online, share it with us --- tag @FreedomsRingUSA or use #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers. Extraordinary Acts For Others Challenge Share one Good News Story-- research shows people who witness kindness are more likely to think and behave altruistically and with more kindness themselves. @FreedomsRingUSA #ExtraordinaryActsForOthers Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @SaraHunold Twitter, Instagram
3 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
Extraordinary Acts For Others Season 1 Trailer
Freedom's Ring is a nonprofit led by military families with a vision of an even more extraordinary America by people coming together to do extraordinary acts for others in their communities. This podcast celebrates what's going right in America by celebrating people, organizations and businesses who are mission driven and giving back doing extraordinary acts for others. Learn more by listening to the Season 1 Trailer and by visiting www.FreedomsRingUSA.org.
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