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Feel Good Friday: Rays of Hope
Tiffany Holloway, a single mother of four, was going through a difficult financial situation when her son Jonas asked for a stuffed manta ray for his 5th birthday. With only $2 left in her bank account, she decided to sew him his very own out of an old baby blanket.
Tiffany then posted a photo of her creation on Reddit, not thinking that it would go viral. To her surprise, the post ended up getting flooded with positive comments from loving supporters, hundreds of whom were inspired to send toy manta rays and other sea creatures to Jonas.
One person even made a GoFundMe page for Tiffany and her family, which has raised over $40,000 so far.
With the outpouring of support she received, Tiffany felt compelled to give back. She decided to donate some of the fundraiser's money to the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, where one of her children was once treated for a life-threatening condition. But she didn’t stop there. She also founded the Manta Ray Giving Project, which allows others to donate to the hospital. To learn more, visit: The Manta Ray Giving Project.
This story serves as a reminder of how a simple gesture can change someone’s life and inspire a ripple of positive acts.
The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing have been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.
Remember to check back for our next Feel Good Friday!
Elora is not a stranger to mindyourmind. In 2015, she started as a volunteer and in 2018 she was hired as a Youth Development Coordinator. After a brief break to finish her Bachelor of Social Work degree at King’s University College, Elora is back in a new and exciting role: Be Safe Coordinator. She is passionate about mental health advocacy and her lived experience allows her to bring a unique perspective to the work mindyourmind does. Elora is looking forward to traveling the globe again and enjoys hiking, cozying up on the couch to laugh along with stand-up comedy shows, spending time with family and friends, and solo dance parties.
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