Feel Good Type Events – In the Feel Good Depot Kind Of Way

This is all about Events that make you feel good, or something of purpose for a cause for the good of others in the Feel Good Depot Kind Of Way.

Well, I have been gone a long while but have decided it is time to pick this back up as I need the inspiration once again it brings me.

 

All – Meet Erich Orrick, founder of the Veteran Charity ” Wish for Our Heroes” which he started in 2009  to help service members move, get new appliances, even assist with their childcare.

A charity group has given more than $10 million in donations. No small feat if you ask me.

What do they do exactly… Glad you asked:

He is Super Feel Good Depot Kind of AWESOME just for that alone but he is also a retired veteran with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart to boot.

Guess what…. he is only part of why I am giving this shout out.

The Indianapolis Colts’ Pat McAfee & Colby Fleener recently got together with people Erich’s community and decided to give his home a makeover.

NICE!!! What a great gift to a well deserving man. You can check it out here…

Erich Orrick, Pat McAfee, & Colby Fleener… You all TOTALLY ROCK!!

And what was Erich’s response to all this goodness:

“I’m completely spellbound. It’s amazing,” he said. “My life has been focused on helping other people. … It was a very humbling experience, being the person that was being helped.

But I don’t want people to miss the story here, that there’s a lot of troops out there that really need help.”

FANTASTIC!!!

 

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Tennis star Roger Federer is an AWESOME tennis star to say the least… but did you know just how AMAZING of a person he can be? Check out this story in the young girls own words.

The fan’s name is Beatriz Tinoco. She’s 17 years old, from Rockville, Md., and survived a battle with cancer in 2011 and 2012. Earlier this summer, she got an opportunity to meet Federer at Wimbledon through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mr. Federer didn’t just show up, take a few pictures, and sign an autograph or 2… nah, that would be too easy.

subsequent post using the TwitLonger service told the entire heartwarming story. Here is the story from Beatriz, adding just a few paragraph breaks, but no other edits:

The whole story of how I got to meet Roger Federer and how it was: Well, I had cancer in 2011/2012, and there’s this foundation called the Make A Wish Foundation. They grant wishes to kids, teens and yound adults who have life-threatening diseases. I made my wish in 2012, and my wish was to meet Roger Federer. I waited for more than a year, and I didn’t really know if they were gonna be able to grant me this wish (you have second and third options) since Roger has such a busy schedule and it was taking such a long time. In June I was told that ESPN was doing a piece on high school tennis and they were gonna film a bit of my school tennis team. So I went there and we had practice and in the end they told us we had a culminating activity that would kinda test our knowledge of tennis. They gave us an iPad to watch something, and it was the Wimbledon 2012 match point (that already got me like really excited) but then after Roger falls to the ground they cut the video and Roger shows up in a kind of home made video or something, and he says “Hi Beatriz, I heard you’re a big fan of mine, so I’m inviting you with your family to come watch me play at Wimbledon. Go pack your bags, have a safe trip, and I’ll see you there!” (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I freaked out so so so badly. I couldn’t believe it haha. All I could think was “OMG ROGER FEDERER KNOWS MY NAME!” Haha.

So, yeah, this was on a Monday, and my flight to London was on that Thursday (I barely had any time to freak out) and I live in the US so… But yeah, then I found out ESPN was doing a piece on my wish and it’s actually gonna air in August 🙂 anyway, I got there and the very next day I met Roger! First I went to the nike house, where players get their gear and everything, and they actually gave me lots of stuff, all white since it was Wimbledon. Then we went to the All England Club where I was actually gonna meet him. We were waiting on the place where players eat and hang out. However, the guys from ESPN told me we might not see him that day because schedules change a lot. So I wasn’t expecting anythint, just sitting watching some practices and someone calls my name. I turn and it’s FREAKING ROGER FEDERER. He comes up, gives me a hug and a kiss and then sits down and starts talking to me very naturally. I was trying hard not to freak out haha. We talked for about 10-15 minutes (which I was told later he wasn’t supposed to do. He was just supposed to come and say hi and then go to practice but he’s a perfect human being and talked to me for a while!) oh my gosh this is getting very long haha. After that he went to practice, but he told me to go change, because I was gonna watch his practice from inside the court and maybe we could hit a little bit after he was done. He told me that he would send someone to take me to the court because like no one is allowed in the courts except the players and coaches. So I changed and went there, and I was waiting for someone to come take me to the actual court when I hear someone call my name and oh my god it’s Paul Annacone. He sent PAUL ANNACONE to get me. So I go to the court and am introduced to Sev and Steph, and then sit there watching his practice with Hewitt (!!!!).

After his practice he tells me we’re gonna hit for a while and Sev says “but she doesn’t have a racquet” and Roger is like “she can use one of mine” (!!!!!!!) so he reaches into his bag and gives me one of his racquets to hit with (!!!!!!). I was really scared because I’m not like amazing at tennis, I’m pretty good, but not out of the ordinary, and even if I was, it was freaking Roger Federer. But Paul and Roger told me not to be scared, it was so cute haha. So we hit for a bit, then he told me to come up and volley and he went up too. Paul told me not to be scared of Roger in the net ’cause it was all pressure, he wasn’t even that good haha. Then he served and oh my gosh it’s fast even though he wasn’t even close to full speed. After that he went over the net, shook my hand and gave me a kiss on the cheek (!!!!!!). Then we walked (and talked) together to the other court where he was going to practice more with Hewitt. I watched this second practice and then after they were done Roger came up to me and said “well that’s my day” and we talked for a bit more, and then he said “I’ll see you on Sunday” (this was a Friday) and I freaked out because oh my gosh I was gonna see him again!!! So yeah that was it for this day. On Sunday the guys from ESPN told me I was gonna take a tour of the grounds, even though I had already taken one when I went to London for vacation. The more time at Wimbledon the better haha. But then when I’m waiting to take the tour I find out that the people who are giving me the tour are the Chairman of Wimbledon (!!!!!!) and Roger (!!!!!!!). Like, OH MY GOD. So yeah, they took me around, and to the walk the players take to get to Centre Court, and then to actual Centre Court, with everything being explained to me by Roger and the Chairman. After we got to Centre Court Roger had to leave earlier than us because he had his press conference (which I was going to), so he left us there to see a bit more of Centre Court. AND on his way out he talked to the main guy that gets Centre Court ready, to let me actually go there. Like, I stepped on the grass on Centre Court because of Roger. He’s perfect oh my god. And then we took a while there so his manager called the girl from ESPN to ask her if we were going because Roger was waiting for me to start the press conference (!!!!!!!!!!). OMG HE IS PERFECT. So we went to the press conference and saw everything, and then on my wait out I passed Roger and he was like “So did you like it? Me getting grilled by the press?” He’s always so dorky and funny haha. And then the people from ESPN took us to the players lounge because Roger was gonna sign some stuff for me after he had done all of his interviews (a lot of them) and gotten a award (you know, just usual stuff).

I was sitting there waiting for him and it was amazing because I saw soooo many other players. Tsonga asked to get one of the chairs in our table actually haha. I saw Murray, Nadal, Haas, Ferrer, Benneteau, Tipsarevic, Serena, Wozniacki, Radwanska, Lisicki, like, so many of them from up close. It was like heaven for a tennis fan haha. But then Roger finished his interviews and sat at out table with us. I had so many things for him to sign but I knew he was busy so I just took 4 pictures (one for each one in my family) and then 4 blank papers and my tennis bag, and gave for him to sign. He actually addressed the blank papers to each one of us, it was so perfect. In mine he wrote a bit more, and even a happy birthday!! (Did I mention it was my 18th birthday??) And then he asked me “is that it?” and I said “yes” and he was like “are you sure? Don’t be embarrassed about it.” He’s so amazing and kind. So I gave him the rest of the stuff to sign. And he was just sitting there signing and chatting with me, but his manager was telling the guys from ESPN that he needed to go eat lunch, and Roger probably knew he had to, but he would have stayed there the whole day, just talking to us. He stayed a lot more than he had to for sure. But then the people from ESPN tried kinda finishing things up so that he could leave before his manager freaked out. So he went around the table hugging my mom, my dad and my sister, and then it was my turn. He told me I had been through a lot and hugged me really hard and I just started crying so so so much in his shoulder (it was around that time that the picture from my avi was taken haha) He was like “awnn”. Then when I let go of him I was still like sobbing and I turned to him and he was kinda tearing up :’) I thanked him and then he went.

Beatriz also shared a number of equally touching and enthusiastically captioned photos of her time with Federer via Twitter:

  

 

Roger – You TOTALLY FREAKING ROCK Sir… The world is a better place because you are in it and THANK YOU for taking the time to make a young ladies dream come true after such a horrific experience.

 

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This week was another week of sorrow here in the US with the horrific events that occurred during the Boston Marathon.

That said… from every dark day comes the light of those hero’s who faced the danger to themselves in order to do what they could to help another person.

Like these people – The Tough Ruckers @ The Boston Marathon:

It took about eight hours for all of the soldiers to cross the finish line (HOW AWESOME ARE THESE PEOPLE). They were gathered near the medical tent behind the finish line, waiting for the elite runners to come in. That was the contingency plan in case anything went wrong—meet by the medical tent. IT DID and they joined in the emergency efforts by assisting Medical personal with recovering people from the blast and also providing security services by standing watches over the area.

YOU GUYS TOTALLY FREAKING ROCK!!!!

Then… how about Carlos Arredondo, a man  seen on video, wearing a cowboy hat, helping National Guard troops, police and firefighters wrestle a fence open to allow emergency responders to reach the dozens of wounded people bleeding on the Boston sidewalk. He took a part of his clothing to make a tourniquet to slow the blood loss from the man’s severed artery. That man was put into a wheel chair and taken away by ambulance.

CARLOS ARREDONDO – You have suffered great losses (his son was killed many months ago in Afghanistan) and battled dark demons but in a moment you saved a life and brought great honor to yourself and the memories of your fallen soldier son…

Carlos, YOU TOTALLY FREAKING ROCK DUDE!!

Those medical personal who were there just doing what they do, dealing with minor cuts and dehydration, sprains and tears… who immediately shifted gears and became Triage nurses and doctors….

Along with all the medical personal who were actual participants who dropped everything to do what they could. Help the wounded, help others who were grieving… doing what ever needed to be done with skill and SPEED.

Time is vital in saving lives, as expressed by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Doctors call the first 60 minutes the “golden hour” in trauma response, he said. Those first 60 minutes and the actions performed usually dictate the outcome for the victim

Within the first 15 minutes, 15 patients were at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Level I trauma center, Gupta said. Seven operating rooms were immediately cleared for the nine patients needing surgery, he said.

While many of you will forever remain nameless.. YOU ALL TOTALLY FREAKING ROCK!!!!

Or how about Joe Andruzzi the former New England Patriots lineman (who is ALREADY A FREAKING HERO) who helps children with brain cancer and their families pay for their treatments through his foundation. The Joe Andruzzi Foundation had a team of runners in the Boston Marathon to raise money to help more patients. He was pictured carrying an injured person but downplayed his role afterwards…

“While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today’s horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals — first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives,” he said in a statement Monday. “They were the true heroes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Andruzzi knows heroes. His brothers were New York firefighters involved in the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack.

JOE Andrruzzi, YOU FREAKING ROCK TOO.

Or the yet unknown soldier (Tyler something) who helped to calm a hysterical lady named Victoria by showing her his own shrapnel wound from Afghanistan. Tyler if somehow this finds you… Call the governor’s office, Tyler. The number is 617-725-4000. Victoria wants to say thanks and you TOTALLY FREAKING EARNED IT BECAUSE YOU ROCK!! 

When a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing strikes, one way to help is to donate much-needed time, blood or money through traditional channels. But within hours of the deadly terror attacks, hundreds of people had turned to Reddit’s unconventional “Random Acts of Pizza” forum, donating more than 1,500 pizzas to hospitals and emergency personnel across the city. Anytime Pizza handled most of the orders, which were delivered through blocked roads and security checkpoints until 4:30 a.m. Tuesday thanks to police escorts. Perry Silveira, Anytime’s owner, was glad to help. “I love to cook,” he said. “If all I can do to help is feed people, that’s what I’ll do.”

WOW, and the stories go on and on…

When I saw on television people running towards the victims despite the second explosion, my prayers were running with them…

ALL OF YOU ROCK. You disregarded your own safety to help someone in need and put yourself at risk…

YOU ARE ALL SPECIAL!!! WORLD CLASS BAD-AZZ IN MY BOOK!!!!

While the bombing itself is reason to be angry and jaded… these people have once again restored my faith…

I see that people will still do the right thing… just BECAUSE it’s the right thing.

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How do you teach your children to stand up and be counted???

A good start could be Change.Org.

See For Yourself:

A battle in between a class of fourth graders and a major motion picture studio would seem an unequal battle. It showed to be: the studio buckled. And therein lies a story of how brand-new Internet devices are allowing extremely ordinary individuals to beat a few of the most effective corporate and political interests around– by threatening the titans with the online equivalent of a tarring and feathering.

Take Ted Wells‘s fourth-grade class in Brookline, Mass. The children check out the Dr. Seuss story “The Lorax” and appreciated its emphasis on securing nature, so they were pleased to hear that Universal Studios would be launching a motion picture variation in March. But when the kids went to the movie’s Web website, they were crushed that the website appeared to neglect the ecological styles.

So last month they began a petition on Change.org, the go-to website for Web uprisings. They demanded that Universal Studios “let the Lorax talk for the trees.” The request went viral, rapidly gathering more than 57,000 signatures, and the studio updated the movie website with the environmental message that the children had determined. “It was precisely what the kids requested– the children were with the roof,” Wells [claimed], remembering the celebratory party that the children held during their snack break. “These children are really feeling the glow of making the world a better place. They’re feeling that power.” Change.org has grown from 20 workers a year ago to 100 now, in offices on four continents.

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7 Year Old Scores a Touchdown For Nebraska – TheFeelGoodDepot.Com

April 10, 2013

Jack Hoffman – a 7 year old with  brain cancer and a HUGE Nebraska fan gets the opportunity to line up during the final play of the game. He runs left, turns right and sprints 69 yards for a score. You have got to LOVE THIS!!! Check it out!! Nebraska… I don’t always like you […]

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Stop Bullying – To This Day Project By Shane Koyczan @ TheFeelGoodDepot.com

March 7, 2013

OMG, this is some seriously DEEP stuff on the topic of Bullying. We’ve all experienced it to some degree somewhere I think and this is one man’s project to express his beliefs. Shane you TOTALLY FREAKING ROCK!!! From the Youtube.com Page Published on Feb 19, 2013 Shane Koyczan “To This Day” http://www.tothisdayproject.comHelp this message have a far […]

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Teenager Walks For An Interview But Finds a Job Before He Gets There.

March 1, 2013

FREAKING AWESOME!!!! YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS!!! My faith is once AGAIN restored for a bit as it appears there are still kids who WANT to work, are willing to do ANYTHING it takes to work, and People who are willing to see them succeed!! Teenager starts a 10 mile trek for a job […]

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Leonard Cooper wins the 2013 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

February 14, 2013

Saw this video making the rounds today from Facebook and Youtube… You have got to see this kid. It’s hilarious. Best Jeopardy Answer EVER!!!! In a Word… Normandy!! Published on Feb 12, 2013 Copyright Jeopardy Productions, Inc. The last day of the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament finals produced some exciting (and amusing) moments, mainly from Leonard including: – Leonard’s […]

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Glow Stick or Possible Lil Dirty Bomb – You Decide @ TheFeelGoodDepot.com

February 12, 2013

So, every once in awhile you come across something that seems all McGyver-ish and you think… OMG!!! I have totally got to try this… Example: Care to try it an find out how right or wrong these people are?? If you are still reading this far down, we @ TheFeelGoodDepot.Com would recommend against trying… We […]

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A Cat’s Jedi Mind Trick @ The Feel Good Depot

February 5, 2013

I guess you aren’t the cat I was looking for.

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