We hope you have a lovely holiday! We’ll be be going offline to celebrate the holidays and will return to blogging daily inspirations in the New Year.
– The SpiritClips Blog Team
There are many deserving animals out there that need love and are eager to give love in return. This weekend, an unprecedented 14 shelters across the Los Angeles area will be hosting Save-A-Stray, an event that encourages you to adopt a pet this holiday season instead of buying one. As an added incentive, adoption fees, which include spaying/neutering, are about 50 percent off!
Here’s a video segment featuring some of the pooches from participating shelters for Save-A-Stray (aired on KTLA earlier this week):
SpiritClips will be at the Southeast Area Animal Care Center in Downey shooting a documentary about the many deserving pets there that will hopefully find good homes. We hope to see you there!
Find out more about the event and a list of participating shelters at Found Animals
For several years, Jude Stringfellow and her Lab-chow mix have toured the country with a simple message: Faith walks.
Born without front legs to a junkyard dog around Christmas 2002, Faith the puppy was rejected and abused by her mother. She was rescued by Rueben Stringfellow, now an Army E-4 specialist, who had been asked to bury other puppies in the litter.
“Can we fix her?,” Stringfellow, then 17, asked his mom. “No, but maybe we can help her,” she said.
So Rueben turned Faith over to his mother, English professor Jude Stringfellow. At first the family had to carry Faith to keep her off her chest and chin. But with peanut butter and practice, Faith learned to walk on her two hind legs.
Since that day on March 22, 2002, Faith has done the talk show circuit, gone on tour with Ozzy Osbourne and been named an honorary Army sergeant. Jude Stringfellow has become a motivational speaker, written two books about Faith and is working on a third, “Faith Walks.”
They get more than 200 letters and e-mails a day, run a Web site and make dozens of appearances every year, including stops at veterans’ hospitals across the country to cheer injured soldiers.
Read the rest of Faith’s story at MSNBC
Here’s an unconventional stocking stuffer for the holidays: charming toys that you can print and make at home from Toy-A-Day.
Below are some handpicked SpiritClips’ characters and inspirational leaders that inspire us:
A reversible Clark Kent/Superman
The Snowman (from the film)
It played like a scene from a holiday movie — a mystery couple, who didn’t leave their names or numbers, walked into a restaurant, finished their meal and then set off a chain reaction of generosity that lasted for hours.
Waitresses told NBC Philadelphia that the couple started the chain reaction by paying double: for their own meal and for the tab of another table of diners at the restaurant. There’s no evidence that one group of diners knew the others.
“I could not believe it. And it continued and continued — it was very nice,” said Willard, one of the waitresses at Aramingo Diner. “They asked us not to say anything until they left, say, ‘Merry Christmas,’ that person picked up your check.’”
For the next five hours, dozens of patrons got into that same holiday spirit and paid the favor forward.
The diner’s manager said not one person was concerned about price of the check — which ran between $12 and $30.
Read the entire article at MSNBC
This charming photograph was taken in Dhana, Bangladesh by a telecom worker. He then posted it on the Yahoo photo sharing site Flickr. Shortly thereafter, it was featured on the front page of Explore on Flickr.com and admired by photographers around the world.
It’s still amazing to me how the internet can so quickly and easily get people connected around the world. Beautiful.
See more of Shawon’s photos at his Taste_of_Cherry Flickr Photostream
Travel & Leisure presents 15 trips that are truly life-changing:
Volunteering: Rio De Janeiro
Cultural Odyssey: Vietnam
Eco Escape: Glacier National Park
Cultural Odyssey: Santa Fe and Taos
Eco Escape: Western Canada
Cultural Odyssey: Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize
Eco Escape: Peru’s Amazon River
Cultural Odyssey: Provence
Eco Escape: Madagascar
Cultural Odyssey: Japan
Eco Escape: South India
If this doesn’t make you go ‘awwww’, you may not be human.