Hungry Harvest is Rescuing Ugly Produce To Feed The Needy

** OGTV encourages everyone to get involved in National Eat Your Vegetables Day, even if the produce doesn't look perfect. After all it's all in the flavor! **

Every year 20 billion pounds of produce goes to waste, never leaving the farm, based on appearance. Too big, too small, misshapen, whatever the reason, healthy, edible food is left to rot while millions go hungry. Hungry Harvest is an organization that aims to reduce food waste while getting quality produce to those in need.

The CEO and Co-Founder Evan Lutz started this company while still in college. He had the brainstorm that he could solve two problems at once by using one to solve the other. "I started a project that used one farmer's surplus produce to sell to college students at the University of Maryland," he explained. "I set up a farm stand in the basement of a dorm. After 6 months, 500 customers were coming to our stand every week. That's when I knew this idea could really take off."

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Celebrating Birthdays for Hospitalized Kids

** Our first of OGTV's "GOOD STORIES" for the week is about a couple of friends who are making sure that a hospitalized child's birthday gets all the bells and whistles they deserve! **

Kids rarely get to celebrate when they are in the hospital and having a birthday there is not the ideal situation. After seeing her godson spend some time in the hospital, surrounded by kids who were having their birthdays without the laughter and joy that comes with their special day, Stefanie Grimm had an idea. Even if you are hospitalized, there is no reason that you shouldn't have a birthday party! This generous thought was the seed that grew into The Confetti Foundation.

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This Veteran Is Spreading Patriotism Through American Flag Art

** OGTV celebrates our heroes on Flag Day with this story about a business, owned and staffed by veterans, who express their patriotism, and heal, through the art they create. **

In October 2015, Brian Steorts created Flags of Valor, a veteran owned and operated business that creates wooden American flag artwork. Having all served in combat, Brian and his team (many of which were injured in combat although Brian had a non combat injury) are creating these flags with a different perspective on what it means to be American.

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Littlest Warrior - A Baby With Special Needs Inspires A Special Clothing Line

** OGTV's second GOOD STORY of the week highlights a determined and creative family whose Down Syndrome baby has now inspired a clothing line that supports families with special needs kids. **

Eric and Michelle Sullivan found out at the 20-week ultrasound that their baby had many of the signs of Down Syndrome. A few weeks later the blood test confirmed it.

Despite several serious medical issues, their son Eli pulled through and began growing and putting on weight. Michelle, a photographer with a creative streak, started looking around for fun and inspiring clothes for him, including those with awareness messages but didn't find a style she liked. This was the seed that led her to create "Littlest Warrior Apparel."

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3rd Generation Family Farm is Bustling Community Hub - South Mountain Creamery

** OGTV celebrates National Dairy Month with this story about a family that has been farming the same land for 3 generations and now has the first on farm dairy processing plant in Maryland that home delivers their own milk, yogurt, and ice cream. **

The Sowers family has been farming in Middletown, Maryland for almost 40 years and in all that time their philosophy has never changed - producing and delivering products that you can put on your table and feel good about. Fresh. Produced responsibly. Wholesome and nutritious.

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Changing Lives Through Hope, Love, and a Pretty Dress

** To commemorate National Wear A Dress Day, OGTV is sharing this story about a woman from Michigan whose initial effort of making dresses to empower young girls in rural Africa is now spreading to countries across the world. **

On vacation in Africa ten years ago, Rachel O'Neill discovered what life was like for little girls in rural villages. In that culture, little girls come last, getting the fewest resources and the least opportunities to improve themselves. Rachel decided to take on the challenge of empowering these girls and making them feel important and special. She started by sewing simple dresses out of pillowcases and Little Dresses for Africa was born.

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Autistic Adults Thrive At Florida Car Wash

** OGTV's final GOOD STORY of the week is about this inspiring Florida Car Wash that hires autistic adults and gives them a chance to have a meaningful job and a feeling of success and independence. **

Lots of entrepreneurs build businesses around their personal skill sets. The D'Eri family decided to build their company around a very specific type of talent and ability: those possessed by people on the Autism spectrum, including Andrew D'Eri, one of the family's two sons.

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College Basketball Star Now Making Moves in the Art World

** OGTV's second entry of this week of BIPOC STORIES is about a college basketball star, Michael Thorpe, who also demonstrates amazing originality and skill as a quilter! **

There aren't too many young male artists involved in quilting, but that's been the path for 26-year-old Michael Thorpe. Thorpe is an exciting new artist who is making large-scale quilt portraits using techniques he learned from his Mom, a lifelong quilter.

His works are bright, bold and provocative, and they have grabbed the art world's attention. After popular gallery events, Thorpe's first museum showing will be at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where they are excited to display his unique and thought provoking artistry.

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