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Formerly Homeless Teacher And Mom Of 3 Gets House Thanks To Internet Donations

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

A once-homeless teacher in San Francisco is now enjoying a roof over her family's head, thanks to the incredible support of the online community. L...

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Inner-City Schools Find Music Programs Could Be Key To Happier, Harder-Working Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact

When Larry Carthan was 9 years old, he discovered drumming as a creative outlet for his energy and frustrations. Decades later, after a 29-year career...

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This Record Label Is Completely Dedicated To Fighting Hunger, Homelessness, More

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact

When Texas native Johnathan Chen moved to New York City to attend college, he was struck by how many homeless people filled the streets and subways --...

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The Can't-Miss Billboards In These Cities Have An Important Announcement: Smile

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 02.12.2015 | Good News

Across the country, billboards where you might expect to see a product being advertised are instead promoting one important announcement: Be happy. ...

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Man Who Grew Up In Struggling Immigrant Household Leaves Wall Street Job To Help Homeless

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

The son of two Korean immigrant parents who once struggled to make ends meet, Robert Lee understood as a young child what it's like to feel hungry. He...

12 Ordinary People Whose Lives Can Inspire Us In 2015

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact

2014 was a year filled with stories of people who changed their lives, and the lives of others, by looking beyond conventional definitions of success ...

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This Teacher Is Battling Homelessness, But Finds Strength In Her Students And Kids (How To Help)

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact

For Raquel Tillett, the holiday season does not bring a bounty of presents beneath a tree or a feast on a decorated dinner table. Instead, this 44-yea...

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This Woman Proves The Best Kind Of Holiday Shopping Involves Giving Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 11.28.2014 | Impact

Allison Lutnick, 51, is just one of thousands whose lives were turned upside down by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Hundreds of employees at a financ...

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This Woman Proves The Best Kind Of Holiday Shopping Involves Giving Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 11.28.2014 | Impact

Allison Lutnick, 51, is just one of thousands whose lives were turned upside down by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Hundreds of employees at a financ...

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The Unlikely Story Of How Rugby Changed The Future For These Inner City Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact

When Lana Shields, 68, came across a local newspaper article highlighting her once-rival high school in 2011, she paid particularly close attention. A...

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How One Viral Video Inspired This 11-Year-Old Girl To Help Hundreds Of Homeless People

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact

One of Chris Hooley’s favorite ways to pass the time on hot, Arizona summer days with his 11-year-old daughter Kaylee is to skim their social media ...

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Meet The Breast Cancer Survivor Who's Raised A Record Amount Of Money For Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact

When Cathy Jolly was only 35 years old, a breast cancer diagnosis threatened to turn her life upside down. After surviving her battle and empathizing ...

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How One Woman's 21-Year Journey With Cancer Inspired A 'Superhero' Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact

Tracy Siemer knew the best way to cope with her 21-year battle with an extremely rare form of brain cancer was to be her own "superhero." And soon eno...

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Pastor Gets Rival Gang Members To Put Down Guns And Pick Up Basketballs, And The NBA Notices

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact

A midday basketball game on Chicago's South Side brought together an unlikely group of people Saturday. Churchgoers, NBA stars, community leaders and ...

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This Teen Dedicated Her Life To Giving Back When She Was Only 10 Years Old

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

As Allison Kanyetzny approached her 10th birthday, she decided she wanted to celebrate by giving away gifts rather than receiving them. She had no ide...

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How One Mom Who Lost Her Daughter To Cancer Is Using Her Physical -- And Mental -- Strength To Give Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents

Sandra Andrade never considered herself to be much of an athlete. However, witnessing her young daughter struggle with and ultimately succumb to an ag...

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These College Friends Are Helping Empower Girls To Follow Their Science-Minded Dreams

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves both always had an interest in the engineering sciences. But after their initial meeting in their early college years, t...

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This Woman's Painful Secret Has Inspired Many Others To Tell Their Stories

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact

Krystyna Balut, 83, considers herself one of the lucky ones. Almost 75 years ago, she was able to escape Russia's mass Polish abduction during World W...

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This Peace Corps Couple Turned A Volunteer Project In Africa Into Their Life's Mission

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

Peace Corps volunteers Cynthia Hellmann and Gregory Flatt didn’t anticipate falling in love in Mali nearly 15 years ago. They also didn't plan on de...

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Meet The Lawyer Who Decided To Battle Racism Outside Of The Courtroom

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Throughout his early academic and professional career, Anurag Gupta, 30, felt consumed by his passion to help resolve international ethnic inequality....

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Meet The Police Officer Who's Offering Prostitutes An Alternative To A Jail Cell

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact

Deputy Andy Conner always knew that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter law enforcement. But it wasn’t until he began patrolli...

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This Woman Is Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro To Help City Kids Discover The Outdoors

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.03.2014 | Impact

Some of Lauren Billings’ favorite childhood memories took place in nature, but it wasn't until she grew up, moved to New York City and joined an out...

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Here's Proof That A Love Of Animals Can Improve Your Life – And The Lives Of Others

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

Ever since she was a little girl, Beth Zimmerman harbored a passion for rescued animals. It wasn’t until later in life, however, that she discovered...

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This Man Sold Everything He Owned And Walked Across America To Find His Purpose

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact

After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, Austin Shirley felt a sudden lack of purpose in his life. Deciding that he needed a change, the 25-year-old...

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One Man Decided To Fight Hunger One Can Of Food At A Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 05.15.2014 | Impact

Five years ago, author and entrepreneur Peter Norback set out to do something about the hunger he saw around him in Tucson, Arizona. And since then, a...