Wednesday, December 19, 2007

December 19th: The Joy of Helping Others

All new stories From the Heart!

1. Yard Duty in Tustin

Community members come together to lend a hand to a neighbor in need. After Mike Mullen's wife was diagnosed with cancer, Mike neglected everyday business, like yard work and home maintenance, in order to focus on her care. Sadly, Mike lost his wife after 8 years of battling the disease. When neighbors, church members, and even local boy scouts noticed that his yard needed work, they stepped up to provide the caring, helping hand.

You can find more details at

2. Honoring His Fallen Son

61-year-old Bill Krissoff enlisted as a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserves medical corps in honor of his son, Nathan, a Marine who lost his life while serving in Iraq. You can find the full story at,1,7217252.story?ctrack=2&cset=true

3. Night Alarm

The family cat wouldn't let Abby Shaw sleep! After many midnight annoyances, Abby found out she had sleep apnea. Maggie, the cat, woke her up whenever she stopped breathing. Thanks to this feline alert, Abby is getting treatment- still under Maggie's watchful eye.

4. Nicolai Reaches the Top

13-year-old Nicolai wanted to raise money to send wheelchairs to the disabled in Tanzania. He decided to be creative and do it by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! However, Nicolai is also disabled- he was born with a right leg. People sponsored pennies for every foot of his climb- an amazing climb to 19,340 feet on crutches. Nicolai raised $75,000 for Free Wheelchair Mission- providing over 1,000 wheelchairs!

Check out their website for a beautiful photo slideshow and how you can support Nicolai's campaing for Free Wheelchair Mission!

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5. Tynsy's Miracle Bears

Tynsy, a seamstress in Oklahoma, creates teddy bears to comfort grieving hearts. The bears are carefully handmade from a piece of clothing from a loved one who has passed away. For more information, check out

Thanks for listening to From the Heart! Now... go change the world!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Favors Unlimited

We received this email the other day. Check it out:

I just heard your show for the first time. Not sure why I was even scanning as I rarely change radio stations but glad I did.
Anyway, the show was about the lady who has helped or adopted over 100 needy children. Wow! she is truly an angel!
The main reason I am contacting you is to see if you can help in anyway spread the word about our site. It is a site that helps people help others. It's a long story but we originally launched 7 years ago, but the site eventually closed. However, we are back and want to continue where we left off, helping 100's of people help others all over the world.
In 2000 we were written up in Yahoo! Internet Magazine under, "Ordinary people doing extra ordinary things on the internet". The author of Pay It Forward, Catherine Ryan Hyde played a huge role in supporting our site with links on her foundation page and local radio and newspress media assisted with articles and an advertising.
Any help, suggestions, ideas, ect. would be highly appreciated.
Chris Morency
Please Visit Us At FavorsUnlimited
Helping People Help Others All Over the World

Thanks for your email, Chris!

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Ripple Effect of Giving

Thanks for listening to the latest From the Heart!


Caden sold rocks to help feed the homeless. What can you do where you are?


A wife's act of kindness grows into a Christmas tradition and changes an entire family. Nancy gave an inner-city student wrestling team new equipment in her husband's name. Then she explained this to her husband in a letter placed in a white envelope on the Christmas tree. Her alternative gift reignited his Christmas joy and inspired a new family tradition.


Another family read about the white envelope and started their own tradition of giving. This grew into a website and organization that continues to spread the gift of love.

Both of these stories can be found at Check out the website and see how you can do something!


Second Wind Dreams grants wishes to seniors. The organization has helped many nursing home residents experience life again and revived forgotten dreams. Check out Flossie, who got her first motorcycle ride for her 100th birthday!

See other fulfilled dreams and how you can be a part of the blessing at .


Korry Holtzlander found a homeless person in need and took the time to help. As word of his kindness spread, others came to Korry for assistance. He became a source of help and encouragement, one person at a time. He has provided jobs and housing for homeless and former inmates and helped them get back on their feet.

Thanks for being part of From the Heart! Please email any questions or feedback to

Now.....what are you waiting for? Go change the world!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Alena Strickland, Super Mom

We were blessed to spend some time with Alena Strickland and her family!

You might remember Alena from a previous From the Heart segment. She has made over 112 special needs foster kids part of her family for more than twenty years. She's also adopted six of those kids and become legal guardian to two others, in addition to her three biological children. And if a full house wasn't enough to keep this family busy, Alena works with Child Share, an organization that works with foster families and children in need.

(Photo courtesy of People magazine)

Would you like to bless the lives of kids in need? Child Share needs your help! They are collecting gifts and gift cards for these very special kids. The kids will receive the Christmas blessings at the Child Share Christmas party at Grace Hills Church in Aliso Viejo. You can help by providing $10 gift cards from places like Target, Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Toys R Us, or movie passes from AMC or Regal Entertainment. Or you can donate new gifts- hot items are ipods, games, portable dvd players, bikes, scooters, and skateboards. These are just ideas to get started, and you can find more information by contacting Pamela Contreras-Hamm at

Visit! And if you're interested in more from Alena, keep an ear open for our latest From the Heart Spotlight! These twelve minute segments can be heard weekends on KKLA 99.5 FM, KTIE 590 AM, and KRLA 870 AM. Send your questions and comments to We can't wait to hear from you!

Now...go change the world!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanks for listening! Here are the latest stories From the Heart:

1. Appreciation: The Teacher Story

Who has touched your life? Have you said thank you? Do they know how they blessed you, or have you only told other people?
John wrote a letter to a former teacher many years after he finished school. He found out that his letter was the first and only thank you she had received in fifty years in teaching.
You can find the rest of the story in The Simple Truths of Appreciation by Barbara Glanz.

2. Street Heat!

A band of police officers and firefighters takes a positive message to students with rock and roll!

Call Lt. Col. Carl Yates with the Jefferson County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Department at (502) 558-1049 for more information.

3. Sunset Salute
Fifteen minutes before sunset, Marvin Hume stands at the base of a flag pole on Sunset Beach in New Jersey. He stands alongside a family that wishes to honor who wishes to honor a deceased loved one who served in the military.

4. Crazy Maisie

There's Maisie, and here's the pool she built by collecting cans for thirty years!
Visit !

5. Johnny the Bagger
This young man with Down's Syndrome revolutionized his workplace- a grocery store- when he put his loving fingerprint on his job of bagging groceries. Read Johnny's story in The Simple Truths of Service by Barbara Glanz
If you have any questions, comments, or feedback on tonight's stories, send us an email at Thanks for listening!
Now go change the world!

Friday, November 16, 2007

New From the Heart- November 20th!

From the Heart is all new Tuesday, November 20th, at 6:30p!
Listen for all new inspiring stories- we'll have more details on Tuesday!
From the Heart airs Tuesday, November 20th, at 6:30p on KKLA 99.5 FM, or We can't wait to share with you!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November 1st: Friendly Guys and Special Kids

Thanks for listening to From the Heart! Here are the details on the latest stories:

1. Good Mornin' Man!
Thad Davis greeted busy commuters in Providence, Rhode Island, with his handmade sign. He got quite a reaction- puzzled stares, casusal waves, questions, even media attention! He says, "I don't think I changed anybody's life, but I hope I made their day a little better."
How are YOU making someone's day a little better?

2. Blankets of Love

Students from kindergarten through high school put their hands and hearts together to make Valentine's Day a true day of love. The students make fleece blankets with letters of encouragement for children battling serious illnesses. The results are comforted hearts and inspired givers. Want to be part of Blankets of Love? Contact Susie Gallegos at 626-966-8675.

3. No-Email Friday!
What would life be like without memos, greetings, or chain-letter forwards? Jay Ellison, executive vice president of U.S. Cellular wanted to find out. He declared no-email Fridays and encouraged employees to do something crazy- TALK to each other instead of sending a rushed, impersonal electronic message. Now co-workers are getting to know one another and communication is improving. How would you benefit from a no-email Friday?

4. Super Mom
Orange County mom Alena Strickland demonstrates how we can all be a hero to someone. For 22 years, she's been a hero to over 112 children with special needs! Alena has provided foster care and even adopted children with special medical and emotional needs from lives of abuse. Now she's part of Child Share, and organization that finds homes and support for kids in Southern California. To find out more details and how to be involved, visit

Thanks for being part of From the Heart! Send any questions or feedback to!

Now go change the world!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tres, Mike, and Beth- different kind of heroes

Tonight's stories feature special individuals who are changing lives in unique ways.

1. Tres
Tres was rescued from severe abuse to recover and learn to live with only three legs. As if that weren't enough to keep a dog busy, Tres also became a licensed therapy dog! Now he helps hospitalized children, prisoners, and even other abandoned huskies. His owner, Scott, has more information on his website,

2. Mike's Handcarved Canes
When Mike Hunter received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, it progressed quickly. He needed a cane to get around, but couldn't find anything that worked for him. So he carved his own! Now he's donated over 300 handcarved canes to improve life for other patients.

3. Camp Eureka

Meet Beth!

Beth Underwood had an illness as well- glaucoma that left her blind. Instead of allowing it to be a hinderance, Beth combined her experience with her love for outdoor education. She now operates Camp Eureka, a camp for blind children. The kids have an opportunity to experience nature, as well as learn from mentors who are also sight-impaired. Want to know more? Visit the website.

4. Inner City Slickers
Another very unique camp is closer to home in Agua Dulce, CA. Michael McMeel created a place where inner city kids could discover Old West values- perseverance, courage, responsibility, respect, kindness, and hard work. And while they're at it, maybe learn to ride a horse and twirl some ropes. Take a virtual tour, check out the programs, or get involved at!

Questions? Email us! Comments? Email us! An inspiring story of your own? Email us!

Now go change the world!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Tails of Hope and Things to Come

We've gotten some inquiries regarding a past story about Tails of Hope, an organization that finds homes for pets with terminally ill owners. Kelly Moyer founded Illinois-based Tails of Hope five years ago when her own father lost his fight with cancer and needed a new home for his cat. Since then, she's helped place over 1,200 pets who've lost their owners to terminal illness! You can find more about Tails of Hope on their website,

If you're looking for local resources, check out these terrific pet rescue organizations:

And while we're talking animals, check out Tres, a three-legged therapy dog!

We'll be talking about Tres and his incredible story on the next segment of From the Heart, on Tuesday, October 16th, at 6:30p. Catch us on 99.5 fm, KKLA, or live from the web by following the link on our homepage!

Do you have any stories that have inspired you? We'd love to hear them! You can send us a myspace message, or email us at

Monday, October 1, 2007

Football, Feeding, and Faith

Thanks for listening to tonight's From the Heart!

Here's more info on tonight's stories....

1. Tucker and the PanthersThis Pennsylvania high school football team is changing seven-year-old Tucker's life. They've made him an honorary Panther, complete with his own locker and uniform. He can beat cancer with his whole team behind him!

2. Mission PossibleThese business cards can help you share your faith! Check out these websites for more (set up a blog and share your testimony!)

3. Feeding Lost SheepJody Seguine (a mom of six!) feeds the hungry every Tuesday night at a park in Westminster, CA. If you join her, be prepared to give up your coat and shoes to someone in need! Interested? Call Calvary Chapel Westgrove at 714-897-8972

4. Spoonful of HopeCheck out this great website!

Did you catch the show? Do you have questions or feedback? Tell us what you think! Send us a myspace message or an email at

Now go change the world! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rising Star

Remember Becky Douglas and Rising Star Outreach, the organization that works with leper colonies in India? Here are some pictures from their website, .

Check out the rest of the site for details about Rising Star Outreach, the people involved, exactly what leprosy is, and how you can contribute or volunteer. (

On another note, From the Heart is all new on Monday, October 1st, between 6:30p and 7:00p. This installment of inspiration includes a football team that's changing the life of a seven-year-old fan. It's a great story, just wait until you hear the details!! :)

You can catch From the Heart on Monday between 6:30p and 7:00p on KKLA (99.5 fm, or live online at for you out-of-towners...).

Monday, September 17, 2007

Today's Stories From The Heart

Welcome to the From the Heart blog!

Story 1- Oreo

Story 2- Bringing the Arts to the Elderly
No website, but email for more info!

Story 3- Junior Lifeguards

Thanks for listening!