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Sisters Lily and Evie Babcock love to cook and have found a way to combine their passion for baking with making a difference and helping others. Lily, 17, and Evie, 15, who live in Atlanta, honed their cooking skills on Food Network’s Chopped Junior (Lily), and Fox’s Masterchef Junior (Evie), and decided to put their expertise to good use starting a baking campaign to help turn their homestate of Georgia blue. “Once you get a taste for making a difference in the world, you can’t stop,” Lily tells Yahoo Life. They reached out to New American Pathways, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that helps refugees. The organization is located in the Clarkston area, which is known as “the most diverse square mile in America” or “the Ellis Island of the South” for welcoming and resettling a diverse and robust refugee population. At the suggestion of New American Pathways, the teens started a bake sale to raise funds for backpacks and school supplies for Afghanistan refugee youth going back to school — in some cases, for the very first time. “With what is going on in Afghanistan, they are expecting a lot of new refugees to come in,” says Evie. Raising money for school supplies was meaningful to the two teens. “Having school supplies that you’re excited to use was a really big push towards my love of learning,” Lily shares. New American Pathways told the teens that they would appreciate it if they could fill 100 backpacks with school supplies for the refugee children. “We ended up getting 240 filled backpacks,” says Lily. “Knowing that each backpack would be held by a kid that might have not had a backpack at all felt really good, and I was excited to know that hopefully we’d be able to fuel their love of learning.” The sisters hope to inspire others to make a difference — however small — and to find ways to help people in their own communities. “No matter how small you might feel like your voice is,” says Lily, “just know that you can make a difference in your community. You just have to go for it.”
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Orion Jean is a kid on a mission. His goal: to spread kindness to as many people as he can and inspire others to do the same. It all started last year when Orion’s elementary school teacher in Texas suggested that the then 9-year-old enter the National Kindness Speech Contest. “I decided that I was just going to give it a shot and see how it would go,” Orion tells Yahoo Life. He gave a speech about how kindness could “change a nation,” and won the competition, receiving a $500 cash prize. He quickly realized he wasn’t going to use all of that money. “I’m a kid,” Orion says, “I have everything that I could ever want. But there are people who don’t.” Orion, who says his parents instilled in him that “kindness is a virtue that we should all try to possess,” came up with the idea of the Race to Kindness campaign — a series of events to help others. Orion describes Race to Kindness as “just an idea where I hoped that I would be able to spread kindness and people would be able to join the race by spreading kindness in their own communities.”
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Animal rescuer and cinematographer Douglas Thron’s passion for animals began when he was a little kid. “I started rescuing orphaned baby animals,” Thron tells Yahoo Life. “And I wanted to be a wildlife cinematographer.” At the time of the Paradise fire in California in 2018, Thron was working as a cinematographer filming a man who was rescuing cats using an infrared handheld camera. The camera uses heat to detect the animals at night. Thron and the man talked about how incredible it would be to put one on a drone to detect animals more easily. “The animal’s body temperature will glow on the screen and you can pick them out amongst the rubble,” explains Thron. The first animal Thron ever rescued was a dog in the Bahamas after a category 5 hurricane hit, which “wiped out hundreds of houses,” he says. Thron tested out putting an infrared scope on a drone and found the dog “literally in the middle of the giant debris pile where hundreds of houses had been smashed,” he says. “I flew the drone over and I found him. I was able to rescue him. And nobody claimed him after 30 days so I adopted him, and he’s a super wonderful dog.” Thron adds that he’s basically been “going non-stop since then.” His TV show, Doug to the Rescue, shows some of his heartwarming animal rescues, including after Hurricane Laura in Louisiana in 2020 and after fires in Northern California and Oregon. Thron also helped rescue koalas after fires ravaged parts of Australia in 2020, using infrared-equipped drones for the first time there to help locate the animals. Thron’s dream is to one day have an animal rescue ranch where he can train others on flying drones and “hopefully makes these infrared drones as popular for rescuing animals as helicopters are for rescuing people after a disaster,” he says.
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Restaurant owner Eliot Middleton knows that having access to a car, particularly for those living in rural areas, changes everything. So he fixes broken down cars for free and gives them to people in need.
- NBC News
Ebony Twilley Martin has gone from Greenpeace member to the organization's co-executive director. Now in its 50th year, she wants to diversify its membership.
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Dozens of desperate Afghans who had been trying to flee the Taliban before Tuesday's deadline for the U.S. withdrawal from Kabul made it to safety with help from an unexpected place: Instagram influencer Quentin Quarantino. Quarantino is the alter ego of 25-year-old Tommy Marcus of New York City, previously best-known for his liberal memes and his jokes about opponents of COVID-19 vaccinations. Along with his followers, Quarantino raised $7 million within days on GoFundMe to launch rescue missions into Afghanistan to evacuate as many people as possible, many of whom said they had been threatened by the Taliban.
- House Beautiful
These are the Black trans women from across the country that are making efforts to solve the issue of homelessness within their community.
Stephen and Ayesha Curry Launch Initiative to Support His Alma Mater Davidson College's Female Athletes
Stephen Curry announced the launch of the Curry Family Women’s Athletics Initiative at Davidson College, in hopes of creating equal opportunity for female student-athletes
- Hello Giggles
"The more we can all be open the more we can help each other be better."
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10-year-old who helped donate 100,000 meals is on a mission to spread kindness: 'We are all capable of being kind people'
Orion Jean has helped donate more than 100,000 meals to food-insecure families and more than 600 toys to children in hospitals. And this 10-year-old is just getting started.
- Women's Health
"I'm trying to have a baby. I am not ashamed."
Peter Mutabazi says helping children in need gives his life meaning.
The two-year-old German shorthaired pointer "is not afraid of a challenge," according to his owner Jacqueline Staab
- Best Life
Comedic actor Molly Shannon faced an unthinkable tragedy at a young age, and it ended up inspiring one of her most famous characters. In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Shannon opened up about losing her mother, sister, and cousin in a car accident when she was only four years old. Of course, going through such a huge loss shaped her life in many ways, and as a comedian, the tragedy influenced some of her work. In the interview, Shannon revealed that a classic Saturday Night Live cha
The girl many fondly call "Marvelous Maddie" received her diagnosis in April after seven years of remission
"There is so much negativity in the world today. This shows people care," Olivia Ireland said of Animal Control Officer Bob McGrath
Princess Beatrice Says She'd Be 'Lucky' to Share with Her Children What the 'Gift of Dyslexia' Has Taught Her
Mom-to-be Princess Beatrice says she finds it "very inspiring every day" to speak out about her struggles with reading as a child and how she's found ways to move forward
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Animal rescuer who uses drones to find animals after natural disasters says it’s the ‘look on an animal’s face’ that keeps him going
Animal rescuer and cinematographer Douglas Thron is passionate about saving animals after natural disasters — and uses special, time-saving technology to help him do it.
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Marquis Davis, 28, told his wife that he wanted to get vaccinated before dying from COVID-19
The actress talks advocating to hire fellow deaf actors on her acclaimed new movie CODA and why she will always fight for inclusion
- USA TODAY
“My arms and legs went necrotic. But my life was saved.” Gary Miracle, who lost his arms & legs to an infection, got prosthetics so he could race.
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Alex Flynn plans to clim the world's highest mountain, despite his diagnosis