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Unlikely Friendship Changes Everything For This Immigrant And Her Family

At age 35, Cassie Camilo needed to make a life changing and heartbreaking decision. The loss of her Mom, a divorce, and financial dire straits left her with only one option… to leave her 2 small children behind in her homeland of Brazil and move to the United States of America in hopes to find a better life for her family.


Cassie had heard stories of other women who came to work in the United States and would send their money back to help support their families. But leaving her 9 and 10-year-old children Jordan and Luana was the toughest thing she ever had to do in her life.

Cassie was working two manual labor jobs when she met Peter DeRosa, a successful restaurateur in Westport, CT. He hired her as a dishwasher and they soon became friends. Peter helped her in many ways including paying for her English lessons and enrolling her in community college. "I could tell that she is a special person. So, I did my share to try and help her whenever possible," said Peter.

Motivated by one day seeing her family again, Cassie worked hard at numerous jobs and gained a lot of respect from Peter. "He helped me a lot and everything changed with Peter." He even encouraged her to become a citizen. "Peter is my angel. I believe God sent me him," says Cassie.

Cassie got her happily ever after! Soon after Cassie was done with community college, she started her own cleaning business, again with the help of Peter and called it "Happy Angels." She was reunited with her kids, and about two years ago she married the love of her life, Jeremy Ramos.

This HooplaHa original video was produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by Johnny Perez. To see more good news, visit our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

How To Make Strawberry Pie - Unwritten Recipes With Felicia

Not every kitchen creation comes from a cookbook. Sometimes it's the story behind the recipe that makes it taste that much better!

In this episode of Unwritten Recipes with Felicia Levinson, an OnlyGood TV Original Series, Felicia and her sister Jen reminisce about family strawberry picking trips to the local farm and how the "fruits of their labors" were the key ingredient to what has now become a much anticipated summer treat. Watch for Jen's imitation of her Grammy Bella... spot on!

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Rescue, Transform, Share: How an Ohio Soup Shack Is Saving Lives

"It really does take a village to help people," says Sandra Lettie, a volunteer with La Soupe in Cincinnati, Ohio. La Soupe is helping to build and activate just such a "village" of compassionate people from the local area around the goal of producing food from discarded produce and providing it to families in need.

According to La Soupe's CEO, Suzy DeYoung, the organization's central mission is to "rescue, transform, and share." First, volunteers with La Soupe visit grocery stores and farms to pick up produce that was going to be discarded and "rescue" it for use in the soups that the team creates. That produce is then "transformed" into healthy, delicious food by the chefs at La Soupe. Finally, the food is "shared" with those in the local community who need it.

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Man Goes on Cross-Country Hugging Tour To Spread Love

Hugging is considered to be a rather intimate form of affection across the US. Everyone hugs, but rarely do we ever hug strangers. Arie Moyal is willing to do just that. He is the founder and creator of the Hug Train, a national tour of free hugs to promote mental health awareness. Arie travels across the country giving hugs to strangers who are willing to give him an embrace.

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How to Brew the Perfect Cup - Tea Time With Cindi

A "How To" for tea lovers on how to make the perfect cup. Her Grandma Ruth created her first cup of "Constant Comment"® Tea nearly 70 years ago and taught her family well how to make a perfect cup of tea. Now Cindi invites you into her kitchen where she shares some of the secrets with you.

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3 Ways To Enjoy The Outdoors -Happiness Made Simple with Dr. Woody

Everyone could use a little help in their daily lives…and watching a good DIY video can always make a difference! OnlyGood TV videos help make your life easier, more manageable, happy and stress free!

Happiness is a choice, and one we all want to make. Happier people tend to live healthier lives and you often find the keys to happiness just outside your door. In this episode of Happiness Made Simple, host Dr. Woody Woodward describes how being out and about near a babbling brook, a luscious green field, or an iconic museum stimulates our ears, eyes, and mind and helps us to be more engaged with the nature, culture and people around us.

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A Tranquil Escape - Lavender Waves Farm

Dr. Henry Cabrera is an Anesthesiologist at South County Hospital in Wakefield, Rhode Island. But when he hangs up his white coat at the end of the day, he heads to the beauty and serenity of Lavender Waves Farm, his home, his hobby, a now a thriving family business.

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Meet Netta Jenkins! - Netta, D.I. (E1)

** OGTV celebrates MLK Day with this inspiring story of a young woman addressing Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. **

"Every single person feels a sense of exclusion throughout their life."

Even as a kid, this observation struck Netta Jenkins as a universal truth. As the newly elected president of her freshman class in Johnston High School in Rhode Island, she knew she had found a core emotional theme that any student could relate to. Netta then rallied students and teachers to discuss and address their feelings of exclusion, and together they were able to make meaningful changes in the day to day life at their school.

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Boston’s North End Institution That Treats You Like Family – Polcari’s Coffee

** In recognition of National and International Coffee Day, we would like to share a story of one of our favorite local businesses that have been boosting up residents in the North End of Boston with their coffee blends for almost a century! **

This Little Italy neighborhood in the North End of Boston is dotted with stores from an earlier, simpler time that have a genuine, authentic feel. Bobby Eustace, the owner of one such store, relishes the enjoyment he sees in the eyes of his customers as they take in what he calls the "orderly disarray" of his shop where you can find rare spices, deli meats, candy, pasta, and a wide selection of coffees, their specialty. When you cross the threshold and take a deep breath of the unique mix of aromas, you know you have arrived at Polcari's Coffee.

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