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A Hockey Fan Won An Unbelievable Prize—Then He Gave It Away

For many people, sports fandom is almost like a religion. When Boston native and hockey fan Mark Karolkiewicz saw that Coca-Cola, Shaw's Supermarkets, and the Boston Bruins had teamed up to make one lucky Bruins fan's dream come true, he entered the contest right away—and then kind of forgot about it.


"And then, a month or two later, I get an email and it's from Coke saying 'Congratulations!'," Mark told us. Because he had purchased a Coke from Shaw's in the New England area, Mark won a "Player for a Day Experience" with the Boston Bruins, an incredible offer for someone who had been a Bruins fan his whole life. So how did Mark celebrate his wish coming true? He decided to give the prize away, to his son, Eric.

Eric Karolkiewicz, also a die-hard Bruins fan (thanks to his dad), said: "This is something I've always dreamed about doing—being a Bruin. And it actually came true for a day!"

As part of the prize package, Eric signed a one day contract with the Bruins, got a personalized team jersey, and got to visit a team practice. Eric, his father, and two guests also received a private tour of TD Garden, had a meet and greet with Bruins Assistant coach Jay Pandolfo, got to sit on the bench during the pre-game warm-ups, and received 4 prime rink-side tickets to a game! Eric described the day as "an unbelievable experience," and it was all thanks to his dad's generosity.

These two Bruins fans got an opportunity of a lifetime, out of the blue! Even more importantly, they got to spend an amazing day together: father and son enjoying a wish come true.

This HooplaHa original video was produced by Richie Levinson, shot by Yura Makarov and Varya Rootwood, and edited by Varya Rootwood. To see more videos like this, visit our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

Caring Couture Makes Scarves By Employing Adults With Down Syndrome

** To highlight "Small Business Friday" here is a story about a small organization that opens its doors to people of all abilities. **

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome.

"I felt Payton was given to me for a reason," her Mom explained. "It was something bigger than just being her Mom."

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Cops Stop And Shop With Kids In Need

Back to school has a whole new meaning in Yarmouth, MA. One of the Yarmouth Police Department's back to school programs, Shop With A Cop, pairs up an officer with a child to prepare students for their school year.

"I think the most important part of the program is showing the kids that we're not always coming in to arrest somebody," noted Officer Brain Morrison. "We're here to help them and be friends with them."

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Turkey Carving Tips So You Won't Miss A Bite!

Yum... it's Thanksgiving. We set you up with some tips to cooking the perfect turkey, now on to the carving!

You may think it is easy... but you'd be surprised at how much meat you are actually missing. Executive Chef, Michael Luboff, for Stew Leonard's – the World's Largest Dairy Store and one of the most renowned grocery store chains in the U.S., gives some carving tips to make sure you savor every bit! Along with enjoying it, you want it to look presentable, too!

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Watch How These Goofy Gobblers Spend Their Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is near and the turkeys of Millstone Farm are ready to get moving! Although they're not sure where they're going, their hilarious banter and barnyard strutting is fun to hear and see! Onward, to the Thanksgiving table!

Millstone Farm is a seventy-one acre private, family-owned farm focused on regenerative farming, educational opportunities and innovative technologies that improve the health of our community, our animals and our land.

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These Heroes Are Providing Their Community with a Market of Hope - Only Good Heroes (E23)

In this OnlyGood TV original series 'Only Good Heroes', you'll meet some remarkable individuals and organizations who are making a huge difference in communities across the country, sparking action that pulls people together to battle the impact from this pandemic.

In this episode, host Lucia Nazzaro talks with Keith Tankson and Azariah Baker, the co-founders of Austin Harvest, a youth-led open air fresh-market that provides fresh produce, flowers, as well as a positive spirit and hope for the residents of the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

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A Celebration For Turkeys On Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey/Thanksgiving Day! We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, family, friends, and loved ones!! Gobble, gobble!

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7 Tips To Cooking The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is the most anticipated cooking/eating event of the year. But don't let the stress of creating a perfect meal get you down. Have a calm, stress free holiday and spend more time with your family by following these simple tips!

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A Greener Ride Why Biking Beats Driving To Work

Marianne is a Lowell, Massachusetts native who loves to commute to work on her bike.

"I often come to work or go to meetings and here people talking about how bad the bridge traffic is or how bad it was to be stuck behind a school bus.," she noted. "I often just think to myself how thankful I am for my bike commute because that never, ever happens to me."

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