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A Group Of First-Time Filmmakers Just Created Something Incredible

The independent filmmakers behind "Of By For" initially set out on their journey from Chicago to L.A. to capture how everyday Americans felt about where the country is headed. They were expecting a story of division, but what they found was something much bigger.

A Group Of First-Time Filmmakers Just Created Something Incredible
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"Of By For" is an earnest effort to shine a light on something the mainstream press has largely failed to cover: how access to our political system has become a commodity to be purchased instead of a right afforded to every citizen. If you're ready to expose the corruption that's been built into the way business is done in Washington, check the link below the share buttons to support the film on Kickstarter and share this to help spread the word.
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.