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The 9 Nanas A Story of Compassion

Updated on October 3, 2013
There are so many people in need, waiting for a helping hand.
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The 9 Nanas
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In The Beginning

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."
Dalai Lama

It is rather easy to find the negatives in life. It seems, at times, that we are so inundated with negatives, that it is almost impossible to smell the roses on any given day. The news headlines scream of injustices and corrupt morals; the online chat rooms overflow with stories of crime and debasement. Even in our own personal lives it can be overwhelming as bills increase, prices increase and anxieties keep pace with it all.

So when a feel-good story finally surfaces from the muck and mire of everyday living, it feels as though someone should shout it from the mountaintops and spray paint it on every freeway overpass for all to see and absorb.

One such feel-good story recently arose from West Tennessee where nine women, ranging in age from 54 to 72, have quietly made the world a better place for the past thirty-five years.

It began long ago during a weekly card game among the nine friends. They were reminiscing about the grandparents of four of the members. The grandmother, MaMaw, would read in the newspaper that someone had died and she would bake a pound cake for the surviving family, just a little something to bring a ray of happiness to them.

That turned out to be the inspiration that kick-started a rather remarkable story of unselfish community service.


From Small Plans Grow Huge Results

"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."
Nelson Mandela

The nine ladies, or “The 9 Nanas,” as they prefer to be called, began saving money by doing their own laundry. The first month they had saved $400 between the nine of them and then they used that money to help the needy. They would listen to conversations at the beauty shop or the grocery store, and when they heard about someone who needed help, they would use the money they had saved to provide assistance. It could be paying a utility bill or buying clothes for some children, whatever was needed they tried to anonymously provide. With each gift they left a note that said “Somebody loves you” and they would also include a pound cake in loving memory of their grandmother.

Their enterprise grew over the years but nobody knew of their efforts outside the group of nine. In the past thirty-five years they have gotten up early in the morning, prepared bakery goods, run their rounds and then gone on with their lives, unbeknownst even to their husbands. The anonymity ended five years ago when suspicious husbands confronted the group and demanded to know why there were unexplained withdrawals from checking and savings accounts.

When told the reason for the expenditures the husbands reacted in a way none of the 9 Nanas could have predicted: they asked if they could help.

Today, thirty-five years after the first act of kindness, nearly $900,000 have been donated by the group to help those in need.


Today and Beyond

Today, encouraged by the support of their families, they are selling “MaMaw Ruth’s pound cakes online and receive over one-hundred orders daily. They have moved their baking operation out of their own kitchens into a commercial kitchen of a restaurant owned by one of their sons. They are celebrating, in August, the second annual “Happiness Happens Month” at which time they will send tokens of appreciation to one person in each state who has made a difference in their own community.

Mary Ellen, one of the founding members, explains it this way: “Not everyone is as lucky as we were to have MaMaw and PaPaw to take care of them. So this is our way of giving back. We want people to know that someone out there cares enough to do something. We want to make sure that happiness happens.”

Their website can be found at www.Happiness-Happens.com.


REFLECTIONS

I’m not sure what blows me away more, the acts of kindness done by this group or the fact that they kept this a secret for so many years because they did not want any notoriety. Both acts beautifully reflect all that is good about the human experience.

We each have so much good in us. We each have the capability to bring happiness into the lives of others. Why, then, does a story such as the one above seem to be so remarkable? If each of us is capable of similar acts of kindness, why does it seem so rare when such an act is actually done?

Times are tough and it seems only natural that we be concerned for our own well-being. We have mortgages to pay, creditors to keep satisfied, families to provide for and the worries mount daily. It is so very hard to see beyond our own escalating problems and to turn our attention to the problems of others. And yet…….

And yet, if we do not turn the tide then who will? It seems to this observer of humanity that as a civilization we are heading in the wrong direction. Instead of cowering within our own protective shelter, hoping that things will get better, and shunning personal interaction with others, we might be better served to reach out to each other in the spirit of community. Instead of waiting for someone to help us, why don’t we take it upon ourselves to help others?

As the 9 Nanas instinctively understand, acts of kindness are not done for recognition; they are done, simply, to help someone else. What they have undoubtedly discovered, however, is that by reaching out to others with no hope for reward, they were in fact rewarded. A simple act of kindness not only helps the recipient but also the giver. When we help someone less fortunate we are taking our minds off of our own problems and that is a benefit that will have very positive results for all concerned.

These remarkable ladies understand, all too well, that when you are a breeding ground for positive words and actions, you will give birth to more positive words and actions. This writer calls this dynamic PIPO….positive in, positive out.


My poem about H.O.W.

One Final Note

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this August, in honor of “Happiness Happens Month,” everyone who reads this article does one act of kindness for someone in need? Hundreds of random acts of humanness spreading out around the world….who knows how many additional acts would be generated?

Long journeys begin with a single step! How about it? Put on your walking shoes and let’s begin that journey together in August. Let’s rock this world with positive actions and thoughts. Let’s just PIPO the hell out of the world!

Are you with me?

One way to help out and make a difference is to join us in H.O.W....a grassroots movement of writers and concerned citizens who want to make this world a better place. You can join us on Facebook here and on our website here.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

"Helping writers to spread their wings and fly."


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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Heartwarming story, wonderfully retold. I like the idea of helping people anonymously and from the heart. I am with you in August marking my calendar.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Billybuc, I love this story!! And I suspect this happens way more than people know. In response to your challenge, let me offer one good opportunity: there's a website called The Hunger Site and you can donate to eight great causes quickly and for free, just by clicking a button. The site's sponsors donate money for every click. I don't think I can put a link here, but readers can Google the name.

      Up and awesome!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      What a great story! It shouldn't be amazing but it certainly is. I'll be hoping to join in come August; it's a wonderful idea. Voted up and awesome (not one I use very often!) and shared. All the best, Ann.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....this is IT!! This is the "pay it forward" concept and "random acts of kindness" theory I so totally believe in!! Like the common belief that we've learned.....from Ghandi......"Be the change you wish to see in the world..."

      I LOVE this hub! Can't vote it up enough!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh what a treat! That's an amazing story and thank you for sharing it:) I can be so surprised by the kindness of strangers - even in this day and age!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jlava, I look forward to August and working with you, side by side, to make a difference. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, I'm with you; I will check out that website and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you; I still believe we all can make a difference. I would be honored to work alongside you in August.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      "Practice Random Acts of Kindness."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, we are kindred spirits, you and I. I love your atitude; I love everything about you. Be well my friend and together we will make a difference, one person at a time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, these really are remarkable women! I feel warm and fuzzy when I think of their efforts. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, it can never hurt! Thanks, Sis, and have a great day. We are going to a movie this afternoon since the weather has turned sucky! :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      A simply beautiful story that proves love, selflessness and humanity still exists. Thank you for sharing

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Miss Olive; it is a story that speaks loudly about the good in all of us.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome story Bill, I am with you in whatever way I can be!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      See you in August, Mark; good to have you by my side.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Awesome story, video and yes, Nanas. They have amazing strength! The world needs more people like this.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      billybuc,

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. As I live in a small country community we all help the ones who lets us.

      We have to "Rise Above It" is what I tell everyone in my circle of friends, and everyone is positive but one---and we are still working on her.

      Being negative does not solve problems---but a positive attitude will help one rise out of the negative pit.

      Thanks,

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill, this was an awesome way to start my day! Definitely a good thing to be thinking about...We should all be thinking of opportunites to bless those that we come across paths with! The story was truly incredible, thanks for the convicting thought. I think it's awesome how they kept it too themselves for so long, behind the scenes! Thanks again Bill for this story! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Midget, I agree! The world needs many more people like this. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rise above it indeed, Bobbi! It sounds like you live in a great community. Bravo to you my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Josh! To give and expect nothing in return....true humility! You have it in you as well because that's the type of person that you are.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome Bill!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Beautiful and inspiring Hub, Bill. This is what Edmund Burke had in mind when he spoke of the "little platoons of democracy."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh....:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rfmoran, thank you and I do believe that is exactly what Burke had in mind.

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      mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      You are an extraordinarily inspiring man Bill and I am absolutely with you. I will not start and stop in August though. Fpherj48 put forth the quote "Be the change you wish to see in the world". This is something I try to live by at all time for as you so aptly stated, "If we do not change the tide, who will". These women embodied this philosophy and so, my friend, do you.

      We must remember, no matter how tough things are for us, there is always someone who is more in need than ourselves.

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. This is a call to action that cannot be ignored.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Acts of kindness is not only to the benefit of others, but also to the benefit of oneself. We do feel good when we do good deeds. To give, is to make oneself feels good - so much better than being on the receiving end.

      billybuc, this is a heartwarming hub, voted up an ayoba :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am for this idea! It is one way to help people find hope in their fellow man and put a smile in their walk. The 9 Nanas were so inspiring and have made such a change in people. What an amazing result and to have started the cakes to keep it going! Loved the video. I remember that GIGO and you have made it work in coaching the PIPO life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, whether you know it or not, I draw my strength and resolve from people like you who don't give up despite the hand they have been dealt. I admire and respect you and I will gladly march into August with you and others by my side. Let's see if we can't make a difference in this world, one person at a time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I can tell from your words that you understand the importance of this message. Thank you for your kind words; hopefully they will reach many out there and serve as a call for action.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, thank you! I greatly respect you; I think you know that but I wanted to make sure I said it in print. I'll see you in August and we'll see if we can't shake things up a bit.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It is amazing the appreciation I get when I go in the grocery store and manage in some small way to help someone. A lady in a wheelchair was trying to find a particular coffee product on sale. I stopped, asked her if she needed any help and she asked me to see if I could find the coffee she was looking for. We never did find that particular coffee, but I read the descriptions of the other selections, and she found one she wanted. I always consider how I would want someone to treat my mom or now departed dad and act in kind. My mom has mentioned more than once how patient I am with her, now that I am helping her with errands. It's really not difficult and certainly not a big deal, but it is to her. She told me she literally had to run through the grocery store with my aunt, who was impatient and always in a hurry. I bet if I calculated the minutes saved, it would be a big fat zero. But, the end result of impatience was making my mom feel like an unwelcome burden. The little things matter, and to someone in need, they may be monumental.

      Thanks for putting things into perspective and sharing the beautiful story I'd never have known otherwise. You are a shining star of paying it forward. I think it comes natural to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, thank you for sharing that story. The little things do, indeed, matter greatly. If only others would realize it!

      If it comes natural to me it is because of early teaching from two of the greatest parents a boy could ever hope for.

      Thank you my dear friend!

      bill

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      enjoyed your video and loved your hub. I try to eliminate the negative people in my life too....way too much work!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, it is way too much work and none of it enjoyable.

      Thank you once again!

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      I'm with you Bill!!! This story really touched me and I have so much admiration and respect for the nine nanas , especially given their decades of secrecy, never once expecting anything in return, not even a pat on the back. I will be puting some thought into what I can do to make a difference and will be spreading the word!!! This could be very contagious.

      Votes to you Bill and heres to making a difference!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, wouldn't that be something if we could spread the word and thousands responded? Thank you my dear; I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      i am a 33 degree mason, which i earned for my work for society. The amazing thing were the other faces i would bump into, who didn't have a large organization behind them, like i did.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Encouraging to hear! Thanks Mhatter!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful and inspiring hub, Bill. Your advice in the video makes so much sense, and I love the information about the 9 Nanas.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I truly appreciate your warm words.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm with you and i love the fact that people are beginning to see the need. There are many who are hurting today. It takes a village. we can all help..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we can, Ruby! Thank you!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      As you remark Billy, Why is this story so remarkable? The inequalities of life are so harsh sometimes. We all need to help others where we can. I know that you do. Your efforts greatly appreciated by very many people.

      Graham.

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      Ok billybuc, you had me AND my big manly husband in tears with this one! Count me in on the random act of kindness for August (also the month my beautiful son was born in). Thank you for this beautiful, inspiring and amazing hub my dear new friend; it makes me want to try harder to be a better person. Voted up, awesome and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I truly appreciate the kind words. I just try to speak my heart and share emotions, and if that touches and helps people then I am grateful. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, your comment is one reason why I enjoy HubPages so much...the connections I make with people, such as yourself, truly does warm my heart. Thank you so much and let's see if we can do some good in August.

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      Rajan jolly 4 years ago

      An awesome story. A great reminder that where there is a will there is a way and that big things start small.

      A lesson to be learnt here by each one of us. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan; a valuable lesson for sure!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A truly inspiring story Bill and as well your video. Amazing ladies indeed and God bless each of them and their families. Imagine how this world would be if there were such people as them in each community all over the world. I mean you could move mountains so to say. Sad that there are also people out there who don't care. Passing this on.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      What a heartwarming story! Thank you for finding it and bringing it to light, Bill. I'm with you, count me in!

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Inspiring and beautiful story. Their unselfessness and willing to help others is a great lesson for everyone that has fallen into the "it's all about me lifestyle." I will definitely focus on paying it foward each and everyday. Billy, as always an enlighting and wonderful hub.

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      Amber Lynn 4 years ago

      This story was so beautiful, and truly touched me. There should be so many more people like this in the world. It amazes me that this group has spent that much money on people, and never even wanted to be acknowledged for it. This is something everyone can learn from...

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I vow to do an act of kindness each month, not just for the month of August. What we receive back in return from random acts of kindness is priceless. Wonderful and inspiring writing here Bill.

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      IsadorasThought 4 years ago

      On behalf of humanity, I thank you for spreading the positive energy! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, thank you so much. These really are remarkable ladies with hearts of gold.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, thank you dear lady; we'll see if we can't move some mountains in August. Hope you had a peaceful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy48, thank you so much. It's nice to see you visit and I truly do appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angel, it is indeed. These ladies give new meaning to the word humility.

      Thank you my new friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I believe that with all my heart. I'm a big fan of karma! Thank you for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Isadoras, tell humanity it is very welcome. Thank you so much!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I think it is life reaffirming to perform acts of kindness in the way you mentioned here. These women are experiencing true joy in life giving to others. I remember growing up my mother would take me to the local kids clothing store and buy clothes for kids in her class, she was an 8th grade history teacher, and leave them there anonymously. The store clerk would call the children's parents to let them know someone had bought their children some new clothes. She taught me the best way to give, anonymously. Take care, Kelley

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      I am with you on this Billybuc! Great things to come in August! Thanks for sharing YOUR kindness.

      We REALLY need more people in the world like you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, I would have liked your mother very much! Thank you for sharing her story, and of course, thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Dexter, thank you! I'll proudly stand beside you (in spirit) in August as we do some good.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I hadn't heard about this wonderful group of women before. It is amazing how they can do so much with so little. This story goes to show that we don't need to be rich to make a difference in this world. This is wonderful and so inspirational. Voting waaaayyyy up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Tammy! They really are an inspirational group of special women.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      The Nine Nanas - A great inspirational write. Every small step counts towards making a giant leap. Every little act of kindness spreads happiness and joy. A great story which proves that caring and sharing makes the world go around. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, your words are true and beautiful! We do what we can to make this world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.

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      RandombyBabbles 4 years ago from Houston,TX

      I'm with you! The Nanas are a true inspiration. It's great to know that there are people out there who are adding joy to the world one cake at a time, these simple actions add hope to a world in which many can be lead to think everything is violence and selfishness,kindness and compassion are indeed the way we can all make a difference. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Random and welcome to HubPages! If only each of us could do one nice gesture per day....I wonder what that would look like?

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      I LOVE this one!!!!! I'm with you, Billybuc, and the 9 Nanas. Hey - that could be a movie title! A western? Seriously though, beautiful HUB - and beautiful tribute to their secret acts of kindness! Thank you for taking the time to highlight the BEAUTY of humanity. Wonderful. I actually believe that the MORE we focus on these kinds of things, the MORE of this we will bring into our experience and the experience of the world. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heaven, I firmly believe that to be true. It is so easy to concentrate on the negative; it's all around us so why wouldn't we? It takes effort to find the beauty in life and to help others. I really appreciate your kind words my new friend.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Paula always hits the spot and in perfect tune with your hub. We do things for others without looking back or asking for praise...that's the glory of it, keeping it secret. I share this little story with you...it hasn't been told before;

      At a flea market a young man who was 'challenged' kept admiring an expensive collector's Star Wars toy I had for sale. He kept coming back and talking about it. His mother said, "no, you don't need it, it is too much money." After about the fourth time he came back I went to his mother and asked if it would be okay if I gave him the toy. She looked surprised but said yes. I watched him walk around the hall f or the next hour showing everyone his Star Wars toy. That's what it's all about.

      PIPO and quietly giving.

      Voted this lovely hub, up, useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that is beautiful! Thank you for sharing that! Bev and I were driving home yesterday and two kids, about ten, were selling some of their old books and toys on the street corner. Bev bought a rubber dinosaur for a buck and I got a great doll...for a buck...the kids were so happy...but not as happy as Bev and I, because our reward was seeing those kids smile.

      You are a treasure my friend!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Billy

      These acts of kindness don't surprise me. The sad thing is more attention is given to the negative ones.

      I read Woman's World a weekly magazine. All the articles are positive not negative and gossipy. I especially like the Circle of Kindness. People share their experiences about random acts of kindness that they received from strangers or how good it made them feel to help someone in need.

      Count me in. :)

      Voted up and away!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Sue! August is fast approaching and then I'll write a hub about our mission! Thanks for joining and of course, thanks for being who you are!

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Bill this story is so touching and truly inspirational. In this day in age, I agree this kind of caring and generosity is a rarity. Thank you for writing about this and bringing this story to our attention. Have voted and shared too as usual.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, what an inspirational story - good on them and the money they have raised is no small sum either!

      Great story, enjoyed reading it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, this is the ultimate feel good story. Can you imagine doing all of that and never telling anyone? Humility at its finest. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and sending you great appreciation for your support!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      it just takes a few people to create a revolution and i am glad to read about these 9 nanas.

      amazing people who choose to put others before them! jai ho to them.

      Yes, to take a step towards positivity and creating a happy village...count me in, Bill!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I had no doubt I could count on you! Thank you for being such a positive person!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy how did i miss this wonderful hub? I love the idea of Happiness Happens Month,” .. I feel the same way I cannot stand the negative people.. I have had to get away from a few of those people.

      these women the 9 Nanas.. they are so inspirational to me.. thank you for writing about them you my friend are so inspirational to me.. I think everyone feels the same way.. Bless you my friend

      Debbie

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      onlooker 4 years ago

      I am with you Bill. Simple acts of kindness are oh so rare to find these days and these beautiful, wonderful women.........they still exist. We ought to learn from these women and this hub. I can say...this has been the best of your work to me. The way you've written this hub, you couldn't have done anymore justice to the inspiration behind it. Beautifully written by a beautiful soul, thank you.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Count me in Bill. Don't know how I missed this one but very glad I'm here now. What a great example these women are setting for all of us. Thank you so much for sharing this. Wonderfully written.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      The story of the 9 Nanas is so inspiring! It is proof that each person can make a difference if they wish. Thanks so much for writing it, and for bringing some happiness to our days!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, their story blows me away. The first time I read about them I thought it was a put on...like nobody could be that caring! Surprise! Nine women could and were. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, good to have you in the group! Let's see if we can't make a difference in August! Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ava, where have you been my friend? I have missed you! Thank you for your so very kind words. Looking forward to hearing more about your life now that you are in the U.S.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, we truly are gifted on HubPages....so many caring and loving people....and that describes you to a tee...thank you my dear. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Such a wonderful and refreshing story. There are a lot of good people out there, and it's wonderful when they get recognized. I think it gives the reader a lift! Thanks for sharing this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Crystal; I've missed you. Hope all is well young lady. Thank you and you are right, there are some good ones out there.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I'm with you, brother!! I'm with you! :) I hope you're having a great day! You've started a good thing here. May you be the recipient of lots of glad tidings today!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you are a sweetheart and I am so happy that we have become friends. I knew I could count on you to stand by me during Happiness Happens Month.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I was so excited to see Josh...then I realized how late I was to this beautiful and inspiring story.

      These women are angels on Earth and show us the power in determination and dedication.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah, my dear friend Maria. I hope you had a wonderful day and yes, these women are incredible....as are you. :)

      Have a great weekend!

      love,

      bill

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      Oh Billybuc, this is a gem! What wonderful Nana's! It's so refreshing to hear their story and about the trail of good they leave behind! Thanks for sharing. Voted +++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, it is a remarkable story....to do all those things anonymously is an incredible act of humility....rare in today's world. Thank you my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, what an awesome story! I am goiung to check out their website right now! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, can you imagine...doing good works and telling no one for 35 years? Talk about humility!

      Thanks for the visit my friend!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I know, right? But, that's the beauty of it. they are doing it from the pure goodness of their hearts. Have a great rest of the weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You too, Randi! Thank you!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a heart warming story! There are still lots of good people in this world. We just need for that kindness and generosity to be contagious! Articles like yours can be contagions, you have infected many of us right here! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, I love this story, even months after I wrote it. It is a feel good story for sure, and thank you for taking the time to read it.

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