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National Lobster Day: A Lobsterman's Amazing Catch

Maine has long been known for its lobsters and fishermen, but what most people don't realize is just how difficult and mundane fishing can be. Watch what one fisherman, Joel Woods, does to make his work and life more exciting and fulfilling! Through photographs, you will see the life of fishing through a rare eye. The results, I'm sure you'll agree, are simply breathtaking and will help you look at your own workday in a whole new way! For more of Joel's work, click here.


This HooplaHa Original was produced and edited by Lucia Nazzaro and Heather Holloway. For more HooplaHa Originals, check out our YouTube channel!

9 Memorial Day Stories That Make Us Proud

This Memorial Day, OnlyGood TV honors our military heroes and families for their courage and sacrifice in service to our country. Their video stories inspire and remind us that we owe our thanks to them EVERY day.



1. Gold Star Moms Share The Meaning of Memorial Day

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On Memorial Day, we need to remember and give thanks to all the men and women in the military who have sacrificed
and lost their lives to protect us. In this video, watch as Gold Star Moms give tribute to the memories of their lost children.


2. Operation 300 Offers Weekend Retreat For Kids of Fallen Soldiers

Operation 300 & OnlyGood TV Production

Operation 300, is a non-profit organization for children who have lost their fathers in military combat.
In this video, watch as these children enjoy opportunities to camp, hike, play sports, and do the fun things they would have done with their own dads with the help of other supportive role models.


3. Soldier's Memory Lives On Through The Kick Of A Soccer Ball

Kickfornick.org

Bill and Shalini Madaras created Kick for Nick, a non-profit organization named for their son, that has distributed over 52,628 soccer balls across the country and the world.
In this video, watch Nick's family as they honor their son's love of soccer and his spirit of empathy for children in war-torn countries.


4. These Portraits Of Fallen Heroes Are Healing Hearts

Fallen Heroes Project

When he returned from serving in Vietnam, Michael Reagan decided to go to art school.
In this video, watch as he uses his love of portraiture to return fallen warriors to their loved ones by drawing them.


5. A Mother's Journey To Light

Butterfly Circle of Friends

After her son was killed serving in the US Army in Baghdad, Iraq, Ida Gonzalez set out to help families who have also lost
children. In this video, watch as Ida forms a group for mothers to find hope and healing in their life.


6. This Community Comes Together In A Beautiful Way To Honor Fallen Soldiers

OnlyGood TV Production

Every two years Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut displays thousands of flags in honor and remembrance of
the nearly 7,000 American men and women who've fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In this video, see what makes this truly amazing site possible!


7. This Veteran Is Spreading Patriotism Through American Flag Art

NRA Blog/ Flags of Valor

Flags of Valor was launched by Air Force veteran, Brian Steorts, who wanted to create American flag artwork. In this video, watch
as Brian and his team of veteran artisans raise spirits by donating pieces to the families of fallen heroes.


8. Gold Star Mothers Honor Their Departed Soldiers By Joining Motorcycle Gang

Facebook

Over 300 Bikers take an annual drive to raise funds for American Gold Star Mothers, a nationwide organization that supports women who have lost a child defending our country. In this video, watch how these mothers and their families and friends celebrate the memories of their sons in a very unique way.


9. Widowed Marine Wife Builds Fitness Clothing Line To Help Vets

Facebook and Virago Fitness

When Brittney Hogan lost her Marine husband, Hunter, and was left a widow at age 22, her world fell apart. When she started
running to cope with her anger, she was inspired to create Virago Fitness, an affordable workout apparel brand.
In this video, watch how Brittney's venture benefits veterans and the USO.



Check out our website at OnlyGood TV for more inspirational stories like these!


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Army Ranger Uses Fashion For Freedom

Matthew "Griff" Griffin is a Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as a Rifle Company Fire Support Officer with three tours to Afghanistan and one tour to Iraq. Despite his years of training and a built up perception of what serving in a foreign country would be like, Griff's perspective was challenged on his first deployment as soon as his boots hit the ground. "Within the first two days of being in Afghanistan I really needed to work my empathy muscles because it is the most impoverished place I have ever seen in my entire life."

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Beating Breast Cancer on The Runway

#Cancerland was started by Champagne Joy, a fearless survivor of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer, who desperately wished to change the world and create awareness for metastatic cancer survivors. Her goal was to have survivors walk the runway at Fashion Week in NYC and in 2017, she made it happen! Sixteen metastatic breast cancer models all wore AnaOno lingerie and lounge-wear designed specifically for women who have had mastectomies, breast reconstruction or breast surgery following a cancer diagnosis. Sadly, Champagne Joy passed away shortly after the 2017 Runway Show.

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The Creation Of Us (S2:E2) – A Perfectly Imperfect Relationship

From the very first day that Heather and Christen physically bumped one another at a local bar on Long Island, these two women knew that there was something special between them. In this episode of The Creation Of Us, each shares some of the stories that have taken them from those first charged moments of a new relationship to a life where they share a home, 3 dogs, and a commute to an office where they literally work back to back in the same room!

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10 People Who Are Extra Special

It's time to shine a spotlight on these people who are amazing despite their unique circumstances. They're an inspiration to us all.

Let's get started!


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Doctor Designer Donates Shoes

Celebrity shoe designer Taryn Rose is helping women feel their best as they re-enter the workforce. Taryn has a 40 million dollar shoe business, but her beginnings were more humble.

Her family fled from North Vietnam to the South during the Vietnam War and then had to flee again when the South fell. Fortunate to escape the fighting, her family was able to travel to the U.S., Arkansas to be exact, where they were placed in a refugee camp. Taryn's dad, a doctor, knew no one in Arkansas but immediately knew he had to find a sponsor to get his family out of the camp and into a real home. He started cold calling local physicians from a camp pay phone, and had a stroke of luck when a local family took them in. Her Dad's actions taught Taryn a critical lesson about resourcefulness at an early age. He knew what he had to do and wasn't going to give up.

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A Dog’s Journey Home (E8) – From Hurt To Hope To Happiness

There is nothing like a Tracy'sDogs "Gotcha Day". A truck filled with rescued and rehabilitated dogs travels from San Antonio, Texas to cities across the country for the emotional first meeting with their new families. In this episode of A Dog's Journey Home, we are with Scott and Tracy in Darien, Illinois, where 45 dogs are about to have the greatest moment in their lives.

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The Creation Of Us (S2:E1) – Meet Christen and Heather

Christen Samuels and Heather Fazzino both grew up in strong, opinionated, Italian families. Old school. Traditional. This made things a bit more strenuous for these women on their road to becoming a couple. In this first episode of the new season of The Creation Of Us, Christen and Heather share the stories of how they grew up, the people around them who were major influences, and the key moments each experienced that made them realize they were different.

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