Episode 39: Kindness Is Fostering

A lovely story about selfless love. Kimberly Chiang joins Anitha to talk about fostering dogs.

What inspired her to foster dogs, how she manages the heartache of saying goodbye when they leave for their forever home, and so much more.

You can follow the wonderful dogs Kimberly fosters on Instagram @fosterborks

As a thank you for sharing her story, Anitha donated to A Purposeful Rescue. This non-profit saves dogs from high-kill shelters, provides any needed veterinary care and finds them loving homes. To learn more about this rescue, check out their website: https://www.apurposefulrescue.org/

Episode 38: Kindness Is Stuffies 4 Smiles

Another awesome sibling duo join Anitha to share their story of Kindness. Ten-year old John Paul and eight-year old Juliana founded Stuffies 4 Smiles.

What started out in 2019 as a gesture of kindness to a homeless person and their dog has grown into a movement of kindness. In the past three years, John Paul and Juliana have collected stuffed animals, books, backpacks, handmade cards for people and communities in need.

To learn more about Stuffies 4 Smiles, check out their website: http://www.stuffies4smiles.ca/

as well as their Instagram account: @stuffies4smiles

As a thank you for sharing their story, Anitha donated to Happy’s Place, a retirement home for senior dogs. This wonderful not for profit rescues senior dogs. To learn more about the work this kind group of people do, check out their website: https://www.happysplace.ca

Episode 37: Kindness Is Saving Sheep

For the past two years, the pandemic has created much havoc throughout the world, but for one young person, the lockdown brought a silver-lining.

Savannah Allen from Adelaide, South Australia shares her story of having to lockdown near a petting zoo.

Savannah and her family soon realized that the baby lambs they had come to know and love had a terrible fate awaiting them, as often is the case for animals used for profit. So, she and her family rescued the four lambs.

Savannah talks about her love of animals, wanting to start her own sanctuary and what she has learned from this experience.

To learn more about Savannah and support her goal of raising awareness about farm animals, check her Instagram page: @savannahsfarmlife

As a thank you for sharing her story, Anitha donated to Freedom Hill Sanctuary. A non-profit charity, dedicated to providing a loving home to abused and neglected farm animals. To learn more about this organization, please click on this link: https://www.freedomhill.com.au/

Episode 36: Kindness Is Ella Saves The Oceans

Eleven-year-old, Ella Grace joins Anitha to kick off Season Two of the Kindness Is Everything Podcast.

Ella’s journey to protect oceans and sharks began when she was four years old and has kept growing. In this jam-packed episode, Ella shares her dedication and knowledge about oceans and the beautiful animals who live there.

In addition to her Ella Saves The Ocean project, she has teamed up with a friend to create The Clean Up Kids. This amazing initiative focuses on cleaning up our beaches.

A wonderful episode for anyone interested in conservation.

To learn more about Ella Saves The Ocean- check out her Instagram: @ellasavestheocean

To learn more about The Clean Up Kids and how you can get involved- check out @thecleanupkids and www.thecleanupkids.org

As a thank you for sharing her story, Anitha donated to WildlifeVOICE. This non-profit, started in 2014 by Jim Abernethy, supports the conservation and preservation of all animals and their habitats. To learn more about this group, please click on this link:  https://www.wildlifevoice.org

Episode 34: Kindness Is Creating Holiday Magic

A perfect episode to celebrate the holiday season. Sixteen-year-old Jeffrey Wall returns to share another story of kindness.

He adopted all 125 residents of a nursing home for the holidays. He talks to Anitha about this wonderful initiative and how he went about ensuring all the residents would receive a gift this holiday season.

As a thank you to Jeffrey for sharing his story, Anitha adopted one of the seniors.

You can follow Jeffrey on Instagram to see all the amazing things he is involved in. You can also support him so he can spread even more kindness: @goldenagekarate

Episode 31: Kindness Is Keeping Companion Animals & Youth Together

For many homeless young people, their companion animals are often their only friend and support system. Unfortunately, most shelters do not allow animals inside. This sad truth means these youth are faced with the incredibly difficult decision—take shelter and lose their beloved companion animal or live on the streets.

In May of 2020, sisters Shania and Anya Bopa, created an organization called The Canadian Courage Project. The goal of this initiative is to keep homeless youth and their companion animals together by offering various types of support.

These two wonderful young women talk about what inspired them to create this non-profit and how they are trying to keep companion animals and youth together.

A fabulous episode about compassion for all beings.

To learn more about The Canadian Courage Project and how you can support Anya and Shania, check out their website: https://www.thecanadiancourageproject.org/

As a thank you for sharing their story, Anitha donated to Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada. This charity seeks to change the way Canadians think about using and caring for animals used in research, agriculture, education as well as companion animals and wildlife.

To learn more about this charity and all they do, please click on this link: https://awfc.ca/

Episode 30: Kindness Is Transforming Harmful to Beautiful

Natalie McIntosh

Fifteen-year old Natalie McIntosh is doing her best to not only help rid the ocean of discarded fishing gear, she then transforms these ‘ghost nets’ into beautiful items such as bracelets, coasters and baskets. Natalie donates 100% of the proceeds from her sales to charities working hard to remove dangerous fishing gear and plastic from the oceans.

Natalie talks about why these discarded nets are harmful to marine life and why they are called ‘ghost nets’.

To learn more about Natalie and her dedication to helping our planet and the species we are meant to be sharing this planet with, check out her website: https://www.nauticalwaters.com/

You can also follow Natalie here:

Twitter: @NauticalWaters

Instagram: nautical.waters

Facebook: Nautical Waters

As a thank you to Natalie for sharing her story, Anitha donated to London Environmental Network. This charity, situated in London, Ontario, is trying to make London one of the greenest cities in Canada. This group creates programs and projects for the community. To learn more about this charity, please check out their website: https://www.londonenvironment.net/

Episode 29: Kindness Is To Keep Writing

Fifteen-year-old Amelia Penney-Crocker returns to the show to continue chatting about her dedication to make our planet a better place for all. Back in episode 3, Amelia shared some of the 53 letters she wrote to Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Her letters which cover the climate crisis, demand the government take immediate action. Though she and Anitha discussed some of the letters, there was still so much left to talk about.

Anitha is grateful to Amelia for generously coming back to continue this important conversation. In this episode, Amelia talks about why climate change affects certain populations more than others.

An incredible episode with an incredible young woman.

To read some of the amazing and impactful letters, visit Amelia’s website: https://ameliapenneycrocker.com/

As a thank you to Amelia for sharing her story, Anitha donated to Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre.

For more information about this organization, please check out their website: https://mymnfc.com/

Episode 28: Kindness Is Seeing Greatness In Small Creatures

Many of us find it easy to care about dogs, cats, whales, elephants. But what about insects? How many of us can honestly say, we’re careful not to step on an ant or a spider?

Fourteen-year old Xander Johnston from Scotland joins Anitha to share his passion for insects. He talks about where his interest in insects came from, his favorite little creature, how he became known as ANT BOY, and so much more, including simple things we all can do to protect insects and wildlife.

Xander will change the way you think about bugs.

This is a wonderful episode for adults, kids, those who are fascinated by bugs, and those who are squeamish!

To hear more from Xander, check out his amazing YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVnKrXbUga46ABcnwyCEBtw

As a thank you for sharing his story, Anitha donated to Bug Life. This UK based organization is dedicated to “saving the small things that run the planet”.

As Sir David Attenborough said, “If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’ 

For more information on Bug Life, check out their website: www.buglife.org.uk

Episode 27: Kindness Is Helping Birds

In Canada, 25 million birds die every year from injuries sustained when they collide into windows. Angela Demarse from Bird Safe Guelph talks about what this organization is doing to prevent this terrible tragedy from continuing.

Angela shares simple tips on what each of us can do to prevent birds from crashing into our windows.

To learn more about Bird Safe Guelph, check out their website and Instagram page:

https://birdsafeguelph.ca/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/birdsafeguelph/?hl=en

As a thank you to Angela, for sharing her story, Anitha donated to Nature Canada.

Nature Canada is one of the oldest national nature conservation charities in Canada. For 80 years, they have helped protect over 110 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada. They have also protected countless species. To learn more about this wonderful charity, click on this link: https://naturecanada.ca/

Correction: During the podcast, Angela mentions that 1/4 of the globe was covered in wilderness. Upon further reading, Angela noted that it is closer to 1/2.