Last weekend, two horrific shootings left 22 people dead in El Paso, Texas, and 9 dead in Dayton, Ohio. As the nation learned of the terrifying moments surrounding the incidents, something else emerged -- incredible stories of survival and sacrifice. In the scariest moments of their lives, some brave folks stepped forward, including into the line of fire, to save lives and protect loved ones.

In 2017, Cincinnati grandmother Kay Castle-Brinker was deeply disturbed by another racially motivated hate attack -- the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. So she decided to do something positive for the world. Kay believes grandmothers have the power and the obligation to help leave a legacy of peace, acceptance and compassion. That led her to create The Granny P.A.C.™, a Granny-selected combination of children’s books with positive messages of kindness and acceptance, wrapped in a handmade “pac.”

Political action committees, or PACS, are in many ways fueling a growing divide in American society. But Kay chose the name Granny P.A.C. to make a statement that‘s 100% anti-political.
“The PAC stands for peace, acceptance and compassion…Because it’s something that’s dividing us and this is about bringing people together.”
See how Kay is spreading messages of love and acceptance to children
Every time the world is grieving in the wake of another tragedy, this Mr. Rogers quote makes the rounds again, and for good reason. It's a powerful reminder that love, compassion and cooperation will always win out over hate. It can seem like the world is a scary place filled with evil people, but we offer examples below of the men and women who are making a difference in communities around the world. So, look for the helpers. They're always there and would always love for you to join them in their efforts to make the world a better place, one person at a time. 
There's no denying something magical happens when older people get together with children. Click here to see what happens when William Jones, recently retired, makes his way to the Joe R. Lee Eatonville Boys & Girls Club to volunteer his time mentoring children. William tells us every time he's there, he's inspired, fulfilled and always a little surprised!
Ten kids. Ten cops. One unlikely team. See what happens when at-risk teens and SWAT team members have to work side-by-side in one of Dragon Boat racing's biggest events. In the process, they discover they have much more in common than they ever imagined. Click here to come roar with this team that's teaching us all about the value of working together.
One of the greatest gifts that we all possess as we age is creativity. In fact, creativity has been shown to have significant life-extending benefits. In this 60 Second Soapbox, Growing Bolder Founder/CEO Marc Middleton reveals why creativity may be the thing we all need to live longer, more fulfilled and more engaged lives.
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