To learn more about The 9 Nanas and Happiness Happens or to purchase one of MaMaw Ruth’s special pound cakes, you can visit their website: Happiness-Happens.com .This article is reprinted with permission from the Huffington Post's Good News Channel. More from them: Man Who Was Given 14 Days To Live Climbs The World's 7 Highest Peaks A Ugandan Teen's Incredible Journey From A Village School To Harvard 10-Year-Old Invents Groundbreaking Video Game For The Visually Disabled
Wow, what a great story.. There's still some wonderful people out here.. Thank God.
I didn't read all of the comments, just enough to see the thread take a left turn.
Awesome work to the 9 Nanas here, and their families that stood behind their efforts. There is so much malice and condemnation these days. Stories like this give me hope.
PO Box 7189, Tacoma, WA. LOL. I love these women and their dedication to community...their love of life, and their whimsy!
How did such a cute story all of a sudden become a bickering match over the value of pets and people?! Wow. Thank you for such a great story that highlights that there is still much good in this world. That there are people who want to give to their communities. Thank you!
I think everyone is missing the point here. You're all arguing about M's comment, left a YEAR ago, which by the way was quite nice. Obviously these strangers wanted to help regardless of cost and I find that rather noble. But more importantly why is no one saying what a wonderful thing these 9 Nanas did? These women are awesome. Stop bickering and pay it forward. Sheesh.
This brought tears to my eyes. I myself am a mother of twin 6yr old daughters and I had them when I was 17. I have been through so much in the last 6 years. If it wasn't for people like the 9 nana's I am not sure what I would have done. There was a time I was living from couch to couch. By the grace of god I am now in my own home. I work and go to school full time. It gives me faith in humanity to know that there are fantastic people like them in this world.
Imagine everyday, feeling so good about yourself because of something you've done. Great job ladies and gentlemen! You inspire me! Now I will sit here and think about what I can do. Anonymously of course. =) God bless you all!
This is one of the most heart lifting articles I have ever read. Kudos to the 9 Nana's and all their efforts! If only more people could understand that we don't do good by others for the credit, we do it for the happiness! Every time I am able to help some one else, I will think of these amazing women and their supportive families and the happy community they have been caring for! <3
Wow, you all get so touchy when it comes to pets. Grown adults bickering like children.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that the story is touching. We don't know what the pet meant to this person, and for these women to step up and help up is admirable. However. If your pet helped you through the toughest parts of your life, when no one else cared, and you want to spend $3000 to get your pet the help s/he needs, do it. At that point, your pet is irreplaceable, because it's honestly become more than. But let's say this isn't the case, and you have children, and your young child ALSO needs an operation, for example, who would get priority? Your pet, or your child?
Nice thought, but once again...Is it wise to eat homemade food from complete strangers? Would you do it?
Get out there and volunteer, people!
OK,EVERYONE LOVES THEIR PETS !!! THIS WHOLE STORY TURNED FROM THE THE NANAS TO ,LETS GO BACK AND FORTH ABOUT OUR PETS ,AND THEIR WORTH,MOVE FOWARD!! THIS WAS A GREAT STORY. PLEASE READ IT AGAIN,THEN IF YOU SEE SOMEONE THAT NEEDS YOUR HELP " HELP THEM". IF YOU CAN!! :)
You are missing the message here. It is about WHO YOU ARE. Some folks can and will help. Some folks understand love in many ways, some folks have "their" priorities right, others don't.
I was a single mom and raised 2 children alone. We had pets who were family members. The pets and children had medical as well as all the other necessary comforts. We did not live extravagantly, we lived with "Faith". My daughter and I now have an animal sanctuary with some 60 plus dog, cats and farm animals. Our lives are RICH in love, respect, honor and reverence. WHO ARE YOU? Are you RICH?
Just read the thread below in respect to the value of pets and it seems obvious to me that the arguement is about how rich one is. If you can afford to pay for your dogs cats surgery one will irrespective of the cost. If you are wealthy and still put your animal to sleep then you should nt of had a pet. Its called responsibility of care. I d rather keep my dog alive at the cost of $3000 than blow it on a holiday or buy a new 50 inch flat screen TV. Its about priorities surely?
i am literally bawling right now. i've never heard such a beautiful and heartwarming story of hope, love, and selflessness. This is so inspiring. i've always wanted to do more and be more for people but i've been sick since i was 7 years old. In the last few years after i was finally diagnosed with Cushing's Disease and Acromegaly. i had two brain surgeries and had my adrenal glands removed (in order for me to stay alive - long story) It's been almost 4 months now and i'm the healthiest i've never been so well in my life. As i continue to get better i want to more than anything to help my community and bring smiles to the faces of as many people as i can. i want to spread God's love, as He loved me. i am a servant at heart, but my body wouldn't let me serve because i was too sick. i'm very happy to be able to begin to do what God called me to do, serve. Thank you with all of my heart for doing God's work and sharing this story with the world. Alicia
Wow such a great story taken over by the great pet debates, spend your money how you want and these ladies showed where their priorities were. Helping others is its own reward. So forget about what you would or wouldn't do for a pet and realize its people who where helped.
I love animals. Don't take me wrong for saying: " Is their love really unconditional?" Don't they love us for feeding them and taking care of them? Just saying...
I tried going to the website but all that showed up was a white screen with the words "Folks as young as two and as old as ninety-two want to know they matter". I was really looking forward to seeing their website or even ordering a pound cake. What gives?
Thou shall not hesitate to give, neither shalt thou murmur when
giving, but thou shalt know who is the good paymaster of thy reward.
These women were doing the work of God by secretly giving all of those years.
Why is this feed ALL about pets? My goodness. I would just like a moment to celebrate the 9 Nanas. Let's all think of what we can do to be like them!
Oh My goodness people. Pet bickering isn't the point of this beautiful article! Why limit your love? If someone wants to help an animal in need that is wonderful! If someone wants to help animals in need that is wonderful! Generosity and love for animals and/or humans is not what is hurting people! People being mean and unkind is what is harmful. Here is a challenge: Let's all turn off our bloody computers and do a random act of kindness for someone today or tomorrow. These women are an inspiration--not cause for arguing over what is worth loving!
I always find it very interesting when people argue over whether they would or wouldn't pay to save a pet. It's easy to see who does or doesn't have a soul.
It's juvenile and rude to tell others that what they do with their pet(s) is wrong. Just because you talk the loudest or the most doesn't make you right.
We've paid thousands upon thousands of dollars, many times, for vet bills, surgeries, and general care for our greyhounds. Greyhounds that we SAVED after their racing careers were over and they would've been killed. Our dogs live lives better than a lot of people, because they deserve it and because we love them. One dog had a $9000 surgery just a few months after we adopted her. This same dog lived for 16 years (almost unheard of for a grey) and in those years we spent enough to put a child through college.
We've had 7 greyhounds and they're worth EVERY CENT we've spent on them. There's nothing we won't do for them and fortunately, we're able to do so.[Hide Full Comment]
This is just awesome! To think they could keep this secret for so long and just think of the thousands of people they helped or brought a smiles to.
Wow amazing! Each time I lose faith in humanity it is people like this that make me get it back.
I spent $4000 on my dog at the Vet and the only thing I asked of her was to give me 4 more years of love and devotion. She lived about 4.5 years and got cancer. She was worth every penny of it. And I never regretted it. We are just avg. people who paid $100 a month until it was paid in full. Don't tell me she wasn't worth it missy!!!!!
I had me a Blue Healer about 20 yes ago that came down with a cough that wouldn,t quit so I took her to my vet who proceeded to tell me that it can,t posebly be lung worms as there aren,t any fox in the hood and he turned a deaf ear when I told him that we take her camping with us all the time. So a grand later at my request or should I say I demanded that he check her for lung worms,because a dog can only get lung worms by eating the feces of a fox. So low and behold the test come back positive and he says the cattle wormer he has to give her will kill her or cure her and she has to spend a couple nights there so I said do it she,s gonna die for sure if you do nothing, 2 grand later I have my piece of family and my happy back. Now I don,t have much money but money isn,t what makes me happy, my dogs make me happy and I would have paid 3 times that amount. Now Sydney died of cancer at the age of 7 nothing I could do about that curse, and I,m never without a couple of dogs in my life. I live on 2 acres and great full for it and have lived here for 25 yrs so I have my own pet semetary of which I am honored to have. So Jennifer if you can,t put as much love into an animal as you would say yourself or family then I wouldn,t own an animal.[Hide Full Comment]
Thank you for sharing this story. It is people like this that give me hope for humanity and inspire me to be better than I am.
I read articles like this, and being the skeptic that I am, while I applaud charitable efforts, I wonder if these stories aren't being published to distract people from the very real issues related to poverty and hardship that we seem to just refuse to eradicate, and blame on the poor themselves. It looks to me like an easy way to justify eliminating the few government supports we have in our social safety net, in favour of private charity.
If we collected the Just Rent of the products of Nature equally, then we would have a ready source of wealth with which to fund an unconditional Universal Basic Income. Maybe we should think about being less distracted from the real issues by tasty cakes.
Every community should have a group of "Nanas". I know ours sure needs one.
Thank YOU!!!!!! Nanas!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't read to much into this just say thank you!!!!
I loved the story of the 9 nanas- I am the type who would love to help all the world, although I am a middle income homemaker. Keep up the great work and the love as long as you can. Kudos to those great hubbys.
Why don't stories like this get features on every major outlet? These are the kinds of things people need to see over and over. Think of the other person first (regardless of religion, background or whatever).
It's a lovely gift of sharing and kindness.
Why it is necessary to ferret out who they are?
Accept that there are many who help others and prefer anonymity.
They help those who really need a rainbow in their day!
It doesn't get any better than that.
This sounds like the backbone for one amazing book! Someone needs to write a book/novel about these women! Honestly though...well done. I can only hope that I, along with my generation, can aspire to do such great things as you women do.
These women are certainly commendable, but when I tried to access their website, I only got a simple one line quote. Are they real?
I am wanting to order pound cakes to help support them, but the when I click the website link it take me to a page with a quote and nothing more. Is this happening to anyone else?
May the grace of the Lord be upon all of you for you do his biding.
this is really an amazing thing this women are doing. I wish I was able to do something like this but I just can't most of the time it is all i can do to make ends me to for me and my daughter. I pray that one day God will enable me to give to others who are in need
Please get your webmaster to fix this site. Its too difficult to read in the format its in.
One of the best charities anyone can contribute to is St. Jude Hospital. I have been sending a monthly contribution for the las 12 years. St. Jude saves a lot of lives and does not charge the patients or the families 1 cent. They even have apartment buildings to house the relatives of children undergoing treatment. If you want to help, and don't have a particular skill, then 20 bucks a month is all you need to send St. Jude. Please help, I know young men that are alive today thanks to the work of St. Jude.
Way to go, Nanas. I would love to have the money to do something like this anonymously.
This article is from over a year ago. It's too bad their website doesn't work anymore. A lot of people are interested in purchasing pound cakes. If you do an online search for tennessee 9 women pound cakes happiness happens, you can pull up other articles about these women. I found one that has a p.o. address for them and a phone number. Don't know if they are still in service but if you want their pound cakes bad enough, it might be worth a try. Hope it helps.
I went to the website mentioned above but there was nothing there about ordering pound cakes or much of anything.
This is an amazing story. to think that there are people out there that love so much. It should make the rest of us feel bad for not doing what we can to help. God bless everyone involved in this greatest act of love.
This story is heartwarming. But maybe that's all it is is a story...... I tried to sign on to the webpage where they sell those 'pound cakes' by using the link above and it was fake. The thought of the whole story makes me smile and maybe someone created it in hopes that maybe people would read it and actually start doing acts of kindness ( to get the ball rolling ). I was wishing the story was real because it was neat, but I doubt it unless you can show me their actual webpage where I can by a pound cake that gets delivered to my door, like I was trying to do in the first place.
What a great story. I wish there were more people like this out there. What a wonderful way to live your life. You're never happier than when you are serving others!
What's this? A charity that doesn't skim off money for "administration?" These Nanas have made me unGrouchy, causing an identity crisis.
I do believe this is the most beautiful story I have ever read. God will reward them for being so kind and thoughtful.
Many people that work for others must be rewarded for their effort, but these kind of people like the women mentioned, that prefer to work in silence and quite without a personal interest must be Blessed by God. Let´s follow their way.
First thought: How did they get up at 4:00 am for more than one day without their husbands noticing?? Second thought: These ladies are the beyond awesome! Major props to them for creating a legacy that will live on after they're gone. My new heroes!
Inspirational story ! How often have we wanted to do more but then just sat down and forgot. May we all be inspired and motivated by these beautiful ladies to go find our individual ministry of helping others. Bless your hands and hearts, ladies!!
Have wanted to do such things for so long. Does anyone have recommendations on how you can be such a blessing with three little boys under the age of five? They are mature for their ages and would love the opportunity to help others as well. Thanks!
Wow, I'm crying. What a beautiful story. :) Thank you, Nanas. <3
Just a few days ago my sister was in the vets office with her cat and found out she needed major surgery immediately, and it would cost about $3000. She just graduated college and is having a hard time financially, and my family wouldn't have been able to help much either, but two women who happened to be there in the vets office just said, "don't worry, we've got it." It's things like this that make me realize how amazing all people have the potential to be.
Hahaha... Talk about smile deck ideas. And talk about giving receiving and dancing.. This has to be the best happiness moment I have ever felt. I'm only more inspired. Thank you 9 nanas. You TOTALLY rock!!!
some time we never know what we can do till we try
What beautiful people! Thanks for sharing their inspiring story!
I have to think hard. What is keeping me from spreading the generocity that my parents and grandfather lived by. I always offer my help in our social groups. When I come across a homeless person, I donate money, clothing, food but it is not enough. I need structure and devotion to a focussed project to help humanity. At present condition of resources and health, I can offer sewing/mending service that can help poor and homeless person. If anyone has suggestion as to how to go about doing this, please, guide me.
Thank Nanas and family for the beautiful work that you are doing.
This is absolutely beautiful. A lifetime commitment to helping others, secretly. Thank you. A real inspiration. May each of us accomplish even a fraction of what you've done.