11 Year Old Crochet Prodigy!

When most people think of crochet, they probably picture little old ladies…but this young boy is busting stereotypes and giving to charity at the same time!

11-year old Jonah Larson has a passion for crochet, and incredible skills to go along with it. His interest began at only 5 years old, where he used a YouTube tutorial to crochet his first project – a dishcloth. Since then, he has created hundreds of items and received orders from all over the world.

Best of all, Jonah gives a lot of his earnings to charity. He was adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia, and loves to send funds back to them to help other children. He also has a GoFundMe page for RootsEthiopia, a non-profit that helps local schools buy supplies.

One of his videos has a quote from Jonah that I love: “Very frequently on the news, there’s a lot of bad things happening in the world. But thankfully, there’s a lot of good things too. This coming 2019, I’m going to focus on the good things, not the bad things you see on the news. And I hope you do too.” What a great attitude to have!

Jonah seems wise beyond his years, and his dedication and giving spirit is an inspiration to us all!Β 

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Please check out my GoFundMe page If you’d like to help. Link in bio. πŸ™πŸΎβ€οΈ. Posted @withrepost β€’ @globalpositivenews Ever since the age of 5, 11-year-old Jonah Larson (@jonahhands), WI, has been obsessed with crocheting. His first techniques he learned from YouTube tutorials and he quickly became very good at it. + As he became more prolific, he started to sell some of his creations on Instagram. He also donates to the Ethiopian orphanage he was adopted from. — Photo: @jonahhands β€’β€’β€’ @globalpositivenews @globalpositivenews @globalpositivenews . . . #kindness #kindnessmatters #randomactsofkindness #actsofkindness #caring #heartwarming #positivepsychology #globalpositivenews #news #tanksgoodnews #Positivenews #positivenergy #positivity #onemillionactsofgood #mademecry #imnotcrying #imnotcryingyouarecrying #crochet #crocheting #orphan #givingback

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New Steps for Pet Health Challenge!

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The folks over at Walk For a Dog have started a new walking challenge for spring! Sign up for the Steps For Pet Health challenge, and you could win a $2,500 grand prize for the animal charity of your choice!

All you have to do is download the app, then go on walks of at least 1/4 mile from now until June 30, 2018. Each walk could win a small weekly donation, and qualifies for the grand prize at the end of the challenge. (And you don’t even need a dog – human walks count too!)

I’ll be walking my sweet pup Chester, I hope you’ll join us! πŸ™‚

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Do good with just a click!

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Some of the biggest change in our lives and in our world comes from the accumulation of tiny, everyday actions. One routine thing most of us do every day is to start up the computer and open a browser. Every browser has a customizable home screen for when the program first opens; most people set a search engine, email, or weather site as the default.

I suggest another home page – Greater Good’s “Click to give” sites. These websites represent a specific cause, and each one has a big button that can be clicked every day. When they reach a certain set goal of clicks, money is donated to the cause by sponsors. It costs you absolutely nothing but a second or two and a mouse click! They also have merchandise and other offers that give a portion of the proceeds to charity.

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There are currently nine “Click to Give” sites: Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animals, Veterans, Autism, Alzheimers, Diabetes, Literacy, and Rainforest. I have the Animal site as my default, but you can choose whichever one has the most meaning to you. The sites are listed in a row up above the button, so it’s easy to go through and click the button on all of them!Β 

By setting one of these charity sites as your homepage, you can do a little good as soon as you start up your computer, which for many of us is first thing in the morning. What a great way to start the day! πŸ™‚

Here are instructions to change your home page on a few different browsers:

Firefox
Go to the top right corner of the screen and click on the three lines. Select “Options” from the drop-down menu. An options webpage will open up. Near the center of the screen is a box where you can paste in the URL of the site you have chosen.

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Internet Explorer
Go to the right top corner of the screen and click the three dots. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings”. A new drop-down will appear; near the center there is a box where you can paste in the URL of the site you have chosen.

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Chrome
Go to the right top corner of the screen and click the three vertical dots. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings”. A new webpage will appear; near the center, turn on “show home button” by clicking on the little grey circle. Select the dot beside “custom web address” and paste the URL into the box.

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This is just one way to add a little bit of positivity and good into your day! πŸ™‚

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Walk for a Dog!

Autumn is here (at least in this hemisphere), and that means falling leaves, cool temperatures, and best of all, long walks with the dog! I love hiking in the woods and on walking trails, and even a stroll around the neighborhood can be refreshing when the weather is crisp. My dog Chester loves it too, of course. :3

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One thing I always do while I walk is to use the Walk for a Dog app. It’s a free app you download on your phone, and it works as a pedometer to track the distance you travel during your walks. They then donate a few cents per mile, I believe about 11-25 cents, to an animal charity of your choice. All you have to do is open the app and click “start walking”, then just toss your phone in a pocket or in my case, a fanny pack (yeah, I don’t care if they’re uncool, they’re super useful, so NYAH!). Press one more button to stop the walk, and your donation is logged.

I love this app, because you can do good in the world just by walking around! It adds some extra enjoyment to a fun trip like a hike, and it even makes exercise seem more meaningful. I can see it adding to motivation a bit too; knowing that animals will be helped might just get that stubborn jogger out of bed and onto the pavement. πŸ™‚ Since signing up, I’ve walked almost 65 miles!

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Check out Walk for a Dog and sign up! Sometimes it feels like making the world a better place is hard, but this is one simple way to do it. In case you’d rather help out two-legged charities, there are also apps for that too, like Charity Miles.

You CAN make a positive difference in the world! πŸ™‚


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