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    In the early 1970s, Dave and Grace Deppner served as volunteers in the Philippines, where they witnessed the human tragedy brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Working with community leaders in nearby villages, the Deppners found a way to offer hope. They revitalized degraded lands by providing farmers with tree seed, technical training, and on-site planning assistance. People responded enthusiastically, joining in to save their homes and way of life. After returning from their overseas assignments they continued what they had started, communicating by mail with rural community leaders, providing information, seeds, and training materials. After many years of informal operations, Trees for the Future (‘TREES’) was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) public charity in Maryland on August 14, 1989. Over the years TREES has assisted thousands of communities in planting millions of trees in 19 countries including Ghana, which have restored life to land that was previously degraded or abandoned. Today, they continue what the Deppners started so long ago, helping others help themselves by means of a singular goal: Planting Trees, Changing Lives. For more information, go to: www.treesforthefuture.org.

     

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    The Human Kindness Foundation offers spiritual support and rehabilitation through it’s Prison-Ashram Program. Founded in 1973 by Bo and Sita Lozoff, The Human Kindness Foundation is a non-profit which stresses a way of life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice. The Prison-Ashram Project encourages prisoners to take responsibility for changing their prisons, their communities, and the world. To learn more please visit: www.humankindness.org.

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    Building Resources for Anti-Violence Education BRAVE People is an innovative grassroots organization founded to stop violence and its impact on our citizens and our society. BRAVE People teaches at-risk youth how to live safe, healthy lives. BRAVE People also offers our courses to community groups, schools, and businesses. To learn more please visit: www.bravepeople.org.

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    Affectionately known as “The Kindness Guy,” Michael J. Chase is a bestselling author, inspirational speaker and one of today’s most powerful voices for creating a kinder world. In 2007 he founded The Kindness Center, and is now considered an expert on the subjects of kindness and positive behavior. As a world-renowned leader in personal and spiritual development, Michael reveals how living from the heart plays a critical role in healing our lives and our planet. In addition to teaching the importance of humankind-ness, he offers proof that within our challenges lie great opportunities for growth and service toward others. To learn more please visit: www.michaeljchase.com/the-kindness-center.html.

Let’s Affirm:

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It is my birthright to live fully and freely.

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I feel tolerance, compassion, and love for all people, myself included.

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There is plenty for everyone, and we bless and prosper each other.

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I allow my love to flow freely. It gives me joy to take care of myself and others.

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We are all family, and the planet is our home.