Meet 5 Amazing Women Who Make the World a Better Place + Giveaway!
Earlier this year we reached out to our fans with a challenge – tell us who YOU know, who is making the world a better, happier place. We know our fans understand the value of an uplifting experience – they’ve told us how our books give them that moment of calm and joy in their busy and stressful days, so they had no trouble identifying uplifting and joyful people in their lives!
We had an internal team look at all the responses we received, and they picked these 5 amazing women (and the Harlequin fans who nominated them) to get a Feel Good Prize pack that included heartfelt novels by Susan Mallery, Lori Foster, Lee Tobin McClain and Jo McNally, DVDs of movies based on Harlequin books, some limited edition Feel Good stickers, and a $100 VISA gift card. Check out their stories below, and find out how you can enter to win a Feel Good prize pack of your own!
Ashley told us about Patti, and said this: “Patti is the very definition of goodness; her soul shines with this vibrant light and she has touched so many lives around her just by being the person she is.”
In addition to volunteering for various projects and charities, Patti clearly spreads positivity to those around her. Ashley shared just what a big impact Patti has, just be being who she is…
“Patti is the person that everyone goes to for advice, to share some happy news, for perspective and sometimes just for a hug. The world would be such a better place if there were more Patti’s in it. A person feels better just by being in her company. I am privileged to know this woman, she has made such a difference in my life and the lives of countless people around here. I will be forever grateful that our paths crossed in this life and hope to channel my inner Positive Patti to always see the world as she does.”
Kelly wrote in to tell us about her friend Scarlet, an animal advocate, who Kelly describes as “woman with the biggest heart of gold”. Kelly and Scarlet live in a small town in North Carolina that frequently experiences hurricanes and the floods that come with them. During these natural disasters, Scarlet, through the Paw-n-Hand animal rescue organization she founded, solicits the help of boat owners to take her through the floods to save abandoned animals. Scarlet also does welfare checks on animals during those tough times and works selflessly to check on each animal she hears about that may be in danger. Kelly said she admires Scarlet because “While so many sit around thinking “Wow! I wish I could make a difference”, Scarlet IS making a difference.”
Lisa told us about Susan, who she said “exemplifies a person bringing goodness, happiness, acceptance, and light into the world”. As the Executive Director of a homeless shelter, Susan works daily with people whose problems might seem insurmountable, but she faces every day with passion and love for the people she is serving.
Susan has created programs for homeless families and children, for veterans, and for incarcerated people returning to the community, and work training programs transitioning people to permanent housing and jobs. Susan also recently began working with homeless students, to help them find stable housing, and to make sure they stay in school.
Lisa shared the she admires Susan because she “faces her work and family everyday with good humor, love, and passion and brings happiness, support, and acceptance to the most vulnerable people in our community.”
Louise glowed with pride when she told us about her daughter Tanya, who has been a foster parent to more than a dozen children over the past 5 years. Tanya and her husband welcome children into their homes with love and care. Working daily with the children, some of whom have behavioral issues, Tanya is dedicated to bringing a positive change to the lives of the children she fosters, many of whom remain in contact even after they have moved on to different living situations. Louise described Tanya as “Kind, caring, and loving and making our community a better place to live, one child at a time.”
We at Harlequin know that librarians are unsung heroes, and none more so than Laura! Vicky told us that several years ago she found herself in a very unfortunate situation – she was recovering from a serious surgery and found herself unexpectedly unemployed and homeless. When local librarian, Laura, heard about Vicky’s situation she didn’t hesitate to offer a helping hand. Laura moved Vicky into her home and welcomed her as part of the family. In addition, Laura manages a weekly free hot meal for 200 people… she even does the cooking herself twice a month!
We hope these stories of every day women making their communities a happier place brought a little joy to your day! To keep those feel good vibes going, we’re offering YOU a chance to win your own Feel Good Prize pack! Simply comment below with something or someone that made you feel good and brightened your day recently, and you’ll be entered to win!
Giveaway! Share your feel good story in the comments below for your change to win a Feel Good prize pack of your very own. Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes November 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from all entries on or around November 11. For full official rules, click here.