Meet The Sudanese Refugee Who Became A U.S. Airman And Olympian

Guor Maker first settled in the United States in 2001, in Concord, New Hampshire. He and his family had traveled a long, long road to arrive in New England—and now he was able to look to the future for the first time in many years.


That path in front of him eventually led Guor to the United States Air Force, where he is currently serving in technical training.
The Airman 1st Class isn't taking anything for granted. "I was very excited to come to the U.S.," he says. "Looking back at everything my family and I endured, it is a miracle that we made it out of there."

Guor was born in South Sudan. At just 8 years old, his family got caught up—as many of his countrymen did—in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Young Guor lost dozens of family members, including 8 of his 9 siblings. So he fled, only reaching his uncle in the city of Khartoum after 3 years of trials and tribulations, including 2 stints where Guor was forced into slave labor. Amazingly, the brave and resilient young man made it to the United States.

Then he made it to the Olympics.

As a track-and-field competitor, Guor participated in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. In 2012, he competed independently, since South Sudan was not recognized as a participating nation and he was not yet a United States citizen. But in 2016, Guor's incredible dedication paid off; he was able to run on behalf of an independent South Sudan.

"Walking into that stadium, carrying the South Sudan flag was just indescribable," he remembers. "The people of South Sudan were in my mind the whole time I was running into the stadium with that flag and it meant so much to me."

Very much a dual citizen, however, Guor decided to serve in the U.S. Air Force in part to recognize the help he had received from his adopted country. "I couldn't have accomplished any of it without all the support I received from my family and the opportunity the United States gave me," he says of his Olympic achievements.

And he's not done yet. Guor hopes to join the Air Force World Class Athlete Program, which would allow him to train for the 2020 Olympics while serving! We are absolutely cheering him on!

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Food Rescue US is Fighting Hunger Through Technology

Co-Founder Kevin Mullins captured the essence of his App based organization that rescues unused food this way; "It's awesome for neighbors to be taking care of neighbors and that's really what Food Rescue US is all about."

Food Rescue US was started by two old friends--Kevin Mullins and Jeff Schacher. Kevin is a pastor and Jeff worked in the restaurant and tech industry. They took their experiences in their respective careers and applied them to achieve their goal of simplifying food rescue by using technology to connect donors, volunteers and receiving agencies.

The cornerstone of this effort is the Food Rescue US app which is FREE for anyone to download. Donors can enter the information of how much food they have to donate, what kind of food, etc. Volunteers can see which restaurants or grocery stores have food to donate so they can go pick it up and drop it off to the recipients. This prevents food waste and brings meals to people who are in dire need of them-- people in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, Veterans Hospitals, etc.

Kate Urbank, the Washington DC Site Director, has seen firsthand why individuals are drawn to this opportunity to help. "If you can't stand food waste, and it makes you crazy, then you know you can come volunteer and make a difference," she explains. "Our people really like technology and the flexibility of using an App and seeing how it works. "

Since its origin in 2011, Food Rescue US has saved more than 39 million pounds of food from the landfill and delivered over 30 million meals. They now operate in 14 states and Washington DC. CEO Carol Shattuck is hearing good things from volunteers, donors, and recipients, and is driven to press on. "We've impacted a lot of people and proven that our platform works."

Watch and see why more and more Individuals and communities are stepping up to become part of this effort that puts the power of technology in the hands of people to help them do good things.

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Ryan's Recycling: 9-Year-Old Entrepreneur Goes Green and then Goes Global!

Ryan Hickman is a kid with a unique perspective about how he likes to spend his free time. "We all have our passions," he explains. "My only sport is recycling…which is probably not a sport to other kids, but it is to me…so it's a sport!"

In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan went along with his dad, Damion, to the local recycling center and cashed in a few small bags of cans and bottles and quickly decided that recycling was in his future. The very next day, Ryan notified his parents that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all their neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him. Not only did the local neighbors rally to support Ryan' efforts, but so did their friends, families and co-workers. Today, Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA.

Ryan has a passion to recycle and his goal is to keep cans and bottles from reaching the ocean where it's harmful to the environment. He now has his own web site and Instagram account and the T-Shirts that he sells are used to raise money for one of his favorite places, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. "Ryan recycles because he wants to make a difference," his Dad noted. "I'm super proud as a parent…it's amazing."

Ryan spends a part of every week sorting thru cans and bottles from his customers and then he and his Dad take them in by the truckload to the local redemption center where they are unloaded, sorted and weighed. So far, Ryan estimates that he has recycled over 426,000 bottles and cans!

In 2016, Ryan's recycling story went viral and he has since been featured on web sites, television and radio stations around the planet including the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ryan has been recognized internationally for his recycling efforts and was awarded the "2017 Citizen of the Year" by his hometown of San Juan Capistrano. The Orange County Register honored him as one of the 100 most influential people of 2017 and Ryan was selected in 2018 by MSN in their top 15 kids changing the world. He has also been featured in TIME Magazine for Kids and National Geographic as well as being designated a WHIZ KID in OC Family Magazine.

With all these accomplishments before his 10th birthday, imagine what Ryan will do in the next decade!

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Veterinarian’s Home is Wildlife Rescue for Animals of All Kinds (Dr. Amy Jo’s Wild Life Part 2)

Outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, there's a 35 acre plot of land that might as well be called Dr. Amy Jo's Wild Habitat. A stroll on these grounds would put you face to face with raccoons, coyotes, cows, foxes, deer, skunks, rescue dogs, and even an African Oryx.

The glue that holds this menagerie together is the soothing presence of veterinarian Dr. Amy Jo Pilmer. "I seem to be able to calm them and they are very comfortable with me," she reflects. "My thought is because I spend so much time with them." Many of these animals were either rescued or brought to Amy when they were very young, and in many cases, near death. There was a baby deer that was found unresponsive on the side of the road and needed intravenous feeding to pull through. A Belted Galloway came to her with almost no control of her legs but has healed and grown under her watchful eyes. Numerous sick and ailing shelter dogs have recuperated on her ranch and gone on to find new, loving homes.

Healing seems to come naturally to Dr. Amy Jo and she particularly loves the care and nurturing of baby animals. But she also knows that inevitably those she rehabilitates will grow up and need to move on. "It's almost heartbreaking … it's like a kid when they turn 18," she reflected. "They don't want or need you anymore and they leave and go off to be their own animal."

Watch and meet Meatball, Fast Eddie and many of Amy Jo's other frisky critters and see what day-to-day life is like for a woman who seems to have a life giving touch, no matter what kind of a wild thing comes through her gate.

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THE BIG DAY! - Today We Find Out The Sex Of The Baby! (The Creation Of Us E5)

In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Aydian and Jenilee will experience one of the most emotional milestones of a pregnancy - going for the ultrasound that will reveal to them the sex of their baby.

One of the most asked questions they have heard since they announced they were expecting is "Are you having a gender reveal party?" As a transgender couple, Aydian and Jenilee frequently need to explain their feelings about the words "sex" and "gender" in reference to their baby, and how important it is that these terms not be considered synonymous.

"Sex is biological," Aydian explains. "My sex is female but my gender is male. Gender is based on your inner feelings, how you want to be seen, and how you feel you are."

Jenilee adds that they won't know the gender of the baby for a while. "It can happen at any point. It's up to us to pick up on their cues. If it seems that the baby is not identifying with their sex, it's something to think about." The couple have a strong feeling that the little person they are bringing into the world should have the time to explore it for themselves and become whatever gender they choose to be.

During the ride for the ultrasound they, they excitedly discuss their expectations of what they will find out. Aydian doesn't have a strong feeling either way while Jenilee has an inkling of what she is about to learn.

What will it be? Join the couple for the big reveal and the emotional reactions when they tell their family and friends.

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Chefs Honor Sailors and Their Families With a Holiday Feast to Remember (Random Acts of Cooking E1)

What would be a unique way to honor the service of 400 hungry sailors and their families for the holidays? You contact Chef Plum, have him round up his crew of top flight chefs and grill masters, bring in enough food to feed…well…the Navy, spice it up with a dash of top flight entertainment, and you have all of the ingredients for a memorable evening of food, love, and family!

This unique gathering is at the heart of this first episode of a new OnlyGood TV Series, Random Acts of Cooking. This series follows Chef Plum, an inspired chef who looks to spread the message of kindness and community through the power of food. In this debut episode, his team of chefs prepare and cook a special holiday meal at the US Navy Base in New London, Connecticut, while also teaching some of the sailors how to cook and use special techniques in the base galley.

"The universal language of happiness is food," Chef Plum explains. "That's what Random Acts of Cooking is - using that power to help other people and do something amazing with it."

Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Flake knows that being on active duty on a navy base, away from home, can be difficult for the sailors during the holidays. This event was a chance for the base community to share a wonderful meal as well as a special musical performance by American Idol 2015 winner Nick Fradiani. "To see all of the families come in, not just the sailors, it brings us together and today, makes us all whole," he said warmly.

Chef Plum uses his master culinary skills and his big heart to change people's lives using the connection that can only be achieved by sitting down around a table and sharing a meal with others. Watch his team go above and beyond to make this a night to remember for all of the sailors and their families.

A big thanks to the following who contributed to this great event:

Big Green Egg: https://biggreenegg.com/

Open Minded Organics: http://openmindedorganics.com/

The Pantry in Fairfield: https://thepantry.net/

Salmon and Sable: https://salmonandsable.com/

Sysco: https://www.sysco.com/

Spiceology: https://spiceology.co/

Mystic Bourbon: http://www.whatismystic.com/

The Green Thumb Organic Farm: http://www.greenthumborganicfarm.com/

Lucky Hare Brewing Company: https://www.luckyharebrewing.com/

Two Roads Brewing Company: https://tworoadsbrewing.com/

Sid Wainer & Sons: https://sidwainer.com/

To learn more about Chef Plum, follow him on Instagram: @chef_plum

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Chef Jeff Purrazzi - @forkkingchef

Chef Dan Monroe - @chef1aboveall

Chef Michele Ragussis - @chefmichele

Chef Robert Prado - @chefrobertprado

Chef Dave Boredom - @dave.boredom

Pit Master Tony - @backdraftbarbq1

Grill Master Melissa Reome - @grillmomma

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After Dudeoir's Photoshoot Goes Viral He Marries His Photographer! (Beauty Redefined E4)

Wedding bells are ringing! In this very personal episode of Beauty Redefined, we join Tami Bears and Josh Varozza at Hagen Ranch, in Plattsville, California, as their families gather to celebrate the joining of this unique couple and the start of their lives as husband and wife.

Tami was the photographer and Josh was the subject of an offbeat calendar of light-hearted photos that struck a chord with people across the country. Josh, a big guy with tattoos and an incomparable beard, struck "seductive" poses for the camera clad in patriotic attire and this series of "dudeoir shots" quickly went viral. Josh became a role model for people struggling to love themselves and Tami became much more than just a friend...they fell in love and got engaged!

"We were spending a lot of time together," Tami recalled," and I really liked him and grew attached and I knew life was better with him." Josh and Tami's relationship has brought together their two 13 year-olds, Josh's son Tyler and Tami's daughter Lexie. "Having a blended family has been one of the most unique experiences in my life," Josh explains. "They fought like cat and dogs at the start but now they get along. It's kind of interesting, and kind of scary."

Lexie has nothing but positive things to say about Josh coming into her life. "I live with them and I see everything that goes on behind the scenes," she shared. "He loves her and treats her so well. I couldn't have picked anyone better for her!"

Come along and see the fun and sweet elements that make up a wedding-- the vows, the first dance, the speeches and of course, the party! Josh and Tami describe their wedding as "non-traditional" so be ready for some surprises!

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Happy International Women's Day 2019 from OGTV!

Here at OnlyGood TV, we celebrate Women every day, through our stories on their bravery, heroism, and strength.On International Women's Day 2019, we highlight some of the truly inspiring Women who have shared their lives with us and celebrate their passion for love, life, and doing Good in the world today!

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An Armless Painter’s Unique Approach to Art, Faith and Family (More to the Story E1)

On this all-new OGTV Original Series, host Marysol Castro will go deep and get very personal with the unique individuals and passionate characters that have been featured previously in HooplaHa and Only Good TV stories. While the original videos piqued the interest of our viewers, this new series will offer MORE TO THE STORY as Marysol goes inside the mind and the heart of her subjects as we learn exactly what makes them live for the greater good!

On this episode, Marysol will revisit Rosie Jon, the inspiring armless painter who uses her feet to not only to paint, but to manage many day-to-day life tasks. Rosie was born with her disability, but not never let it cloud her perspective on what was possible. "I was a very determined child," she recalled. "I just wanted to prove to everyone that I could be more than anyone expected me to be."

There is no question Rosie has lived up to that personal goal and now lives a busy, fulfilling life, despite her challenges. Enjoy Marysol's wide-ranging conversation with this wife, mother of three, artist, public speaker, and woman of faith that uncovers her amazing and inspiring passion for her art and her family!

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