Kindness is Magic, Volume II

This organization is two-fold:

First, we have The Veteran’s Garden, located in Los Angeles. It’s a 15-acre garden that’s operated by vets of the VA Hospital, as part of the Horticulture Therapy Program (HTP). HTP motivates patients to develop new interests and combat depression often associated with a disability. It’s a fully self-sufficient business; selling fresh-grown, pesticide-free produce to both the public and local restaurants.

Second, we have the Serenity Park Bird Sanctuary, located at the back of the Veteran’s Garden. Here you’ll find cockatoos, parakeets, macaws, and parrots that have been where injured, abused, and abandoned. They’re tended and nursed back to health by veterans. Admission is free and open to the public, but your donations are tax deductible, as it’s a non-profit.

If you live in or are visiting the Los Angeles area, I urge you to check out both places!

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Kindness is Magic, Volume One.

Let me tell you about an organization called “The Gentle Barn.”

They’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of Santa Clarita, California.

Their mission is “To rescue, rehabilitate and give sanctuary to abused animals. Through the interaction with our animals people learn reverence for all life.”

They’re home to over 160 rescue animals, including horses, cows, goats, dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and llamas. These animals are victims of horrible stories-starved, beaten, tortured, sick, wounded, and neglected.

But these animals have regained their trust in humankind by realizing that they are now loved, and their abuse is over. Because of their ongoing physical and psychological needs, they can’t be adopted and are given sanctuary with The Gentle Barn for the rest of their lives.

The Gentle Barn stands out because they not only rescue animals, they also work with children from the inner-city, group homes, mental health care facilities, foster homes, and schools to teach them that even though we are all different on the outside, on the inside we are all the same and are deserving of the same rights, respects and freedom. Many of these children have never been around farm animals.

To donate to The Gentle Barn, click here. To become a certified volunteer, click here.

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