Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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Nora Johnson

Growing up with my grandparents because my mom was a drug addict . My aunt Nora would always be the one to help me realize we weren't a normal family. To always be a better person, save money . Work hard and stay away from drugs and alcohol . She came to visit almost every day and took me to her house on...

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Ramona Dupree

Hello, my name is Talina Simpson. My mother has taught me many things. But one value that really comes to mind is to believe in myself. She made me aware of bad people in the world that would aim to bring me down and that they would be successful if I didn't believe in myself. As a kid, when I would come home sad...

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Kenny Shirey

My story may be a little different from everyone else. I lost my oldest son to suicide over ten years ago and with that I lost my best friend and my hero. With his loss it made me realize just how important love and family means. Til this day we have no clue why he took his own life, but I turned to God for...

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Annette Wessel

Mrs. Wessel (Ms. Peirce) said, 'If you don't like the idea, don't complain--work within to improve it.'

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My Grandmother And Mother

My Grandmother was a very faithful person. She taught me to think and do for others without a return involved and she taught me to have hope and faith in good and bad times. My Mom taught me to be a strong, independent woman. She also taught me to speak up for injustice. If it pertained to me or community.

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Chuck, Wes, Andrew, Hunter Semp

These guys have lived to serve others in their lives. They have chosen paths that require commitment and a centered life. They live to make the world a better place. As teenagers they sang gospel music anywhere that could, anytime. As adults, they have chosen careers of service. Self sacrifice has always been...

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Alexandria Lewis

During the hurricane my mother who is close to 80 didn’t have power in her house for 2 weeks . My daughter Alexandria stayed with her and helped her. Her roof was leaking and she tried to go on the roof to try to fix it but it was too dangerous. I who am her mother was not there because I am working in South...

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My Parents

I had a stroke at birth, doctors to this day still don’t know why I had the stroke. I was in hospital for a month and stopped breathing several times at which point I nearly died. When I was released from hospital I was a year behind my milestones but caught up. After a few years I recovered fully from the stroke...

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Rachel Stcbridge

My BBC Rachel has special needs. But she is so sweet. How I met her is one day I was sad and she came to me and said that everything is going to be OK. How I know that she is caring is she helps everyone that is sad, scared, or even mean to her. She will just not let stuff get in her head.

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Freddy Brammeier

I often traveled with my father during the summer to pick up feed/seed… he was a farmer…I basically went everywhere with him when he wasn't working at his factory job… One day, we went to a female, about 20 miles south of our house… When we got almost all the way home… We were stopped at a railroad crossing… and...

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Ashley Eubanks

As women, we go through a number of physical, mental and social struggles unknown by our male counterparts. When “that time of the month” comes we either reach into our stash of pads or tampons, or rush to the nearest drugstore for the $5 box we so haphazardly spend on to prepare ourselves for our dreading...

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Alexander Kovarovic

I wanted to share the story of someone in my community who is seriously changing lives and is extremely inspirational to so people across the country. He truly shows what being a truly amazing person is all about. His name is Alex Kovarovic and he lives in Schenectady, NY. He used to live in Gloversville, NY and...

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Terry Wells

My story is that my dad was in the ARMY for 10 years and i wasn't even born yet and i always say thank you for your service to everyday. I love him so much i am thankful that he is still here for me today. And my godfather Josh was in the ARMY with my dad and he is like my dad, so i sometimes call him dad. 2...

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Michael Michael

Born the youngest of four children to an abusive alcoholic father and an ill mother, Michael learned early on to make lemonade of lemons. When he was four years old, he and his siblings & mother were able to escape their father. They had nothing other than the clothes on their backs. The family survived by living...

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Trent Nunley

my dad is my hero because he used to be in the military but retired to spend more time with his family. we all get to spend alot of time together, and we all enjoy it. every day he comes home and the first thing he does is say hello to his family. he drives me and my sister to tae kwon do, because he knows what...

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