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Free2Luv

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Bullying, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Join Free2Luv where youth are EMPOWERED, individuality is CELEBRATED, bullying is not tolerated & LUV ROCKS! Free2Luv is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to rockin' individuality, celebrating equality, spreading kindness & standing up to bullying through arts & entertainment. We empower, engage & enlighten youth globally to know that they are perfect just the way they are & they can use their voice for good. We form partnerships with celebrities, corporations and youth advocates who are passionate about celebrating everyone’s individuality. We make it our daily mission to empower & uplift our youth because when we raise confident, empowered children, we minimize bullying & teen suicide. We are a movement of youth who are agents for change, inspiring other youth to be their best selves. Success for us is one more child standing up, speaking out and letting their voice be heard.

Results: We reach over 50 million people annually through our global social media campaigns, have partnered with over 25 celebrities to spread awareness, and have created powerful community outreach events to share our message that LUV is STRONGER than hate and BRAVER than bullying. In addition, we have been honored by Western Union's World of Betters as a company who is doing better in the world, won Amway's 'Who Cares' Challenge, named Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good, received several Goody Awards including Charity Goody of the year, among other honors and recognition. With your support, we can expand our movement and create a kinder, braver, and better world for our children.

Target demographics: Anyone who wants to stand up for our youth and be a voice for change!

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS BULLY is a community program whose mission is to utilize music and the arts to promote kindness, build self-esteem and stand up to bullying.

Community Stories

197 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

LillyMHarper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this movement for several years and it's been an amazing journey. I have witnessed the growth that has brought Free2Luv's life-enhancing programming to more and more youth in need every year. Their arts and music programs and events are top-notch and the impact they make on youth and teens is so profound. Countless people have shared how much Free2Luv means to them and it's definitely one of the most rewarding parts of being a part of this incredible nonprofit. They are truly deserving of every blessing and resource that is bestowed upon them. Every gift helps make a difference in the lives of the youth they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an absolute honor to work with this amazing group of people to make a difference in lives around the globe. This year we are producing a female empowerment event with an incredible line-up of passionate, talented, amazing, and diverse women. I know this event is going to make a big impact on the lives of everyone who attends and we are thrilled to have groups from underserved communities join us as our guests. It's going to be an incredible gift to everyone who experiences it. If you're looking for a nonprofit to support, know that when you support Free2Luv you are making a direct and lasting impact on kids who may be struggling with bullying, their identity, self-harm, depression, etc. Your gift really matters.

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Phyllis P.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is my honor to be a contributor and supporter of this amazing organization. Every year I watch their impact grow and am so impressed by all of their profound outreach. I had the pleasure of attending two Free2Luv events recently that moved me beyond words. The performances were outstanding and the stories were both relevant and timely. I had an opportunity to speak to some of the young people who attended and really enjoyed hearing their thoughts and feelings after the performances. I have seen first-hand the impact Free2Luv's outreach is making and I'm very proud to be able to support their worthy efforts. They are definitely my charity of choice!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is a visionary group of activists who truly want to make the world a better place for our youth. They understand how youth relate to and speak to other youth and have a strong youth advocacy program that unites kids who are being bullied or having difficulty. They have created a community where youth feel supported and safe and know they are not alone, when at times, they have felt very alone. I support Free2Luv financially and through word of mouth whenever I have the opportunity. Their commitment and dedication is unparalleled and it shows in their innovative initiatives and programs. They are truly a life-changing, life-saving organization.

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Free2Luv 01/25/2016

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support. On behalf of the youth we serve, thank you for doing your part to make the world a kinder place for ALL!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago, I reached out to Free2Luv when my daughter was struggling with bullying at her school. Since then, they have helped her share their programming with her school and she has become a Youth Advocate for their organization. It's been such a joy to see her confidence grow. She is truly a different person. She now shares their message of kindness and bullying prevention throughout her community and is touching the lives of her peers in a really positive way. I have watched Free2Luv improve my family's life and touch the lives of many others. It's so important that we support organizations like Free2Luv and do our part to make the world a better place for all children.

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

We're so happy to have you and your beautiful family in our movement. Honored to be of support to you al.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently reached out to Free2Luv because my daughter wanted to bring their message to her school. Not only were they responsive, they helped Olivia bring kindness to her classmates. The confidence and excitement my daughter has displayed since she's been empowered and felt part of something is touching. Kudos Free2Luv for really believing in youth and empowering them to make a difference in their own special way. Keep up the good work. Fan for life!

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Free2Luv 03/03/2016

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

1 LivingMindfully

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you're looking to support a charity that celebrates individuality and empowers youth to be their best version of themselves, then I highly recommend Free2Luv. I work with the LBGTQ community and since finding Free2Luv, I've had the opportunity to host Free2Luv Free2BeME workshops for our youth and the program has had a profound impact on many lives. By providing a safe space for youth to emote, they are able to get in touch with their feelings on a deep level. The workshops opened the doors to intense conversations and helped us provide some much-needed intervention. Truly lifesaving. I cannot thank Free2Luv enough for offering programming that really speaks to today's youth.

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with our organization. We truly appreciate your LUV and support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In light of the current political climate and unfortunate marginalization of so many, I have been in search of an organization to give to that supports the LGBTQ community. As a strong ally of LGBT youth, I did extensive research and was so happy to discover Free2Luv. This group of extremely caring individuals offer a safe haven of love and acceptance and remind me that there is a lot of good in the world in the midst of darkness.

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thanks so much! We have an unwavering commitment to shower EVERY child with love and let them know they are perfect just as they are. It's with support like yours that we can continue to do so.

1 musicismylife

Donor

Rating: 5

It's been a few years since I found Free2Luv and I still can't say enough good things about this organization. They are rad! Everything they do is top-notch -- they are the real deal. I'm always moved by their content - whether it's their daily inspiration on social, their art and music programming - it's just so cool to see them helping youth who really need it. I grew up in the inner city and a program like this would have been life changing for me! I know how much it can mean to a kid to feel like someone's there that cares. Keep it up! You're making the world a much better place. You've got my support!!

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

Thank you, thank you, thank you! It's with support like yours that we can make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Everything about this organization jives with me. I love how they use music and the arts to break through a problem as big and serious as bullying. I believe in their mission and support everything they do 100%. If you want to be inspired on the daily, follow them on social. And if you can support them in any way, do it. Trust me, we need a lot more of what they're giving in the world - kindness, love, acceptance.

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thank you for your kind words and support. We know the power of music and the arts to heal, uplift and inspire and feel blessed to be able to share them with kids in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Free2Luv for everything they have done for my family. Our teen was experiencing extreme bullying which led to depression and a very dark and lonely place. We were referred to Free2Luv through a family friend and their support has been life-saving for us. Their message that every child, every person is unique and special and should be celebrated for who they are came at the right time. They were able to share their programs with our son's school and the results have been astounding. We are happy to support this amazing nonprofit to make sure other kids in need are helped and supported. Words can't express our heartfelt gratitude.

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

Your words warm our heart and we are filled with gratitude that we've connected and have been of service to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story.

1 Tammie2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love supporting this amazing nonprofit and I'm so proud of the impact they are making in the lives of kids everywhere. It was so powerful to be a part of their recent empowerment event Tour De Force that took place in L.A. The event was in honor of a young boy who sadly took his life and it was amazing to have his family participate as the community honored their son. Underserved youth were special guests of Free2Luv at this family cirque event and it was really awesome to see how entranced everyone was with the moving performances by young cirque talent. I am always so happy to support this organization and watch them grow both their outreach and impact.

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Free2Luv 01/07/2019

Tammie, thanks so much for your continued LUV, support, and dedication of our movement. It means the world. ❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year I get more involved with this amazing nonprofit and I'm really proud of everything they are doing to make the world a better place. I have been very involved in the event planning for their big upcoming benefit, Unstoppable and I'm really excited that girls from all walks of life are going to have an opportunity to experience what I know will be a really powerful performance. What I really love about Free2Luv is that they offer all of their programs and events free of charge to the underserved community, giving kids who may not otherwise have a chance to take part in something, a chance to have their lives changed. The teen years can be really difficult and with organizations like Free2Luv, kids know they are not alone and someone cares. I do everything I can to support Free2Luv and I will continue to do so. Proudly!

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Truly appreciate all of your LUV and support! It means the world to us! THANK YOU!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hey Everyone,

I had the great honor of organizing and working with this incredible organization. The event I attended was a college event for National coming out day.

The response from Free2Luv was awesome 3 lovely people accompanied me on this journey for the day. The level of professionalism was next to none. Welcoming people with cheerful greetings and genuine interest in peoples lives. I sat in awe as people felt the need to open up to us, it was definitely a safe place to be who you are.

I had a chance to speak to someone who had struggled with being singled out in life because he was autistic, it crushed me to think about what he went through, When I first spoke to him, it felt like he had a very timid nature and was nervous to be in the area with a large number of people. I have a cousin that is autistic, so I understood how to handle the situation, I guided him to an area that was not as busy and just sat speaking to him. The change in atmosphere around him was almost instant. we had a great conversation and we felt a sense of accomplishment, I guided him towards the area where we had other Free2Luv representatives and introduced my new friend, the representatives.

Then proceeded to invite my new friend into out arts and crafts room where we had Free2luv's awesome co-founder Tonya speak to him for what seemed like an hour or more. When I peeked in the room to see how he was doing I found him drawing on one of the hearts we brought along for our Free2BeMe workshop and looked at the message he wanted to leave for the world. It rocked my world because of how emotional a piece of art could be. The simple break down of the picture was pain comes and goes, we are stronger than we think we are, and there are good people in the world that make you feel welcome. A message I think we all need to hear from time to time and definitely remember!

This was a long read I apologize, but it was a very fulfilling event for me and it changed the way I saw the world. The representatives from Free2Luv are so awesome and they are so welcoming. I am honestly honored to be part of an organization this dedicated and passionate.

Thank you for being awesome!! I can't wait for the Next event!!

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Free2Luv 01/07/2019

Michael, Thank you for your LUV and support. We appreciate you sharing your time and talent with our movement and look forward to an amazing 2019 together. ❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined @free_2_luv last year because I struggled with self-confidence due to the many negative labels given to me. The most commonly used words were nerd, fat, ugly, untalented and annoying. .

Truth is, I still struggle, but I am lucky to have my family and friends. I know not everyone is as lucky to have that support system, so I wanted to help others. Becoming a youth advocate for Free2Luv was fate! It fell into my lap when I was trying to find my smile again and help others.

According to studies by Yale University, bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. One life lost to bullying is one life too many.

I am still working on my self-confidence and really struggle making friends but I am feeling blessed more and more every day

2 Carolyn S.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Free2Luv last year as a grant researcher and writer. I was moved by their commitment, hard work, and professionalism in improving the lives of disadvantaged youth everywhere, whether it's fighting bullying, helping them to increase self-esteem, developing their communication and job skills, or encouraging them to accept and embrace their individuality. Through workshops like Free2BeMe and Rock Kindness, Kym and Tonya have put their cause to work, getting measurable results and achieving their goal of helping to make the world a braver, kinder place.

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Free2Luv 07/23/2018

Thank you for your kind words, Carolyn. It's with support like yours that we are touching kids' lives and making an impact. Thank you for your dedication and service to our movement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, My name is Madeleine and I am eleven years old. For the past few years, I have been very proud and excited to be a Youth Advocate for Free2Luv. Free2Luv is dedicated to "spreading kindness and standing up to bullying through arts entertainment" (https://free2luv.org). This organization is very important to me because I believe that no one should be bullied or treated badly for their beliefs or individualism, and the World needs more kindness. #beyourself #bekind #free2luv

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Free2Luv 07/23/2018

And you are incredibly important to us, Madeleine! Thank you for using your voice to spread LUV and kindness. Know that you are truly making a big difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough positive things about this non-profit organization. In such a short time, Free2Luv has truly been a wonderful influence and made such an impact in my young daughter's life. The mission of Free2Luv is to celebrate equality and bring awareness to individualistic differences. My daughter is so proud and honored to be a Youth Advocate for this outstanding non-profit organization and encourages others to embrace their anti-bullying mission through her participation in the arts and in her daily activities. She enjoys telling other kids about the Million Sign Mission and to show how fun it can be to "spread love and kindness" among people. All of our communication with the Free2Luv team has been enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive. For example, when purchasing a Free2Luv t-shirt, my daughter received a hand-written letter supporting her efforts to spread kindness in her life. It was so nice that Free2Luv took the time to do this as it brought a smile to her face (she cherishes that letter and put it in her memory box). I believe that Free2Luv should be well recognized and honored for making such a difference in the lives of and empowering our youth. Their mission is true- "individuality is CELEBRATED, bullying is not tolerated & LUV ROCKS". I will encourage my other daughter, and my nieces to get involved as well as I truly believe their message is really important.

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Free2Luv 03/03/2016

Thank you for your kind and heartfelt sentiments. We are honored to have your beautiful daughter and her amazing spirit in our movement. She is a beautiful young role model and it warms our heart to know that she is spreading kindness in her community.

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Volunteer

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It has been an honor for me to work pro bono for Free2Luv. The passion that Kym and Tonya infuse into this organization was infectious from my first interaction with them. I enjoyed working with them collaboratively and found them to be inspiring and diligent in accomplishing the organization's mission. It was a great opportunity for me to work with such talented, devoted individuals.

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Free2Luv 04/12/2018

Thanks so much for lending your skills, time, and energy to our movement. We're blessed to have your support.

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Volunteer

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I’m the LGBT Youth Director of Free2Luv and recently had the pleasure of co-producing a female empowerment benefit production called Unstoppable. It was so amazing to see so many big-hearted and hardworking people come together to create an important event for underserved girls and teens. The talent brought a beautiful diverse voice and all of the volunteers helped make it a truly memorable event. I’m proud to be a part of this nonprofit and do my part to help make a difference and bring more love, acceptance and change into the world. I hope you’ll join me.

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Free2Luv 04/12/2018

We couldn't do what we do without you. Your energy, enthusiasm, and passion for activism and equality is a driving force at Free2Luv and we're incredibly blessed to have your devotion and support. Thank you!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dear Free2Luv,

Thank you so much for including my 3rd graders in the "What's In Heart Your Heart" project.

It was meaningful in so many ways. It definitely opened up my little ones for some important conversations and reflection, allowing for me to practice even more sensitivity and patience with them. Powerful, really.

I’m so blessed we were able to connect. Implementing social and emotional learning has been my goal this school year, and you have definitely contributed to that. I am dreaming of a classroom where all students feel safe, seen, heard, and celebrated.

Thank you so much!

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

We are so happy to have connected with your beautiful and amazing students. We were so moved by their heart art and happy to hear the Free2BeME Project created a powerful experience. We're honored to be standing up to bullying and up for kindness with each of you. Thank you for creating an environment filled with love for each of these beautiful souls to thrive. You're amazing!

2 Avery Lana Art

Volunteer

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I am happy to volunteer for this nonprofit and share my creative services. I have designed logos for Free2Luv as well as designed 2 t-shirts for their cause inspired line where the proceeds support their outreach for kids everywhere. I recently designed the logo and t-shirt for their Unstoppable benefit event. I'm so happy to know that kids going through a difficult time have a safe place like Free2Luv they can call home. Whether a kid is struggling with who they are, bullying, or just life, Free2Luv is there for them. They are truly changing and saving lives and I'm so proud of everything they do.

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Thank you for sharing your big, beautiful heart and mad skills with our movement. You're remarkable!!

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Free2Luv is a wonderful organization with a really big heart! Everyone involved with Free2Luv cares deeply and passionately about our youth and their well-being. They provide a safe space for kids who feel isolated or different and remind them that being different is a good thing. They encourage everyone to be who they are and embrace every part of themselves. It's a message we could all use a lot more of. Keep up the amazing work, Free2Luv!

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Volunteer

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I volunteered for Free2Luv's "Unstoppable" event this month and it was so rewarding and inspirational. It was refreshing to see everyone at the event work together and make such a positive impact on everyone who attended. I look forward to volunteering again for Free2Luv because I want to be a part of a non profit that is making a change in people's lives.

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Thanks so much for lending your LUV and support to our movement. You're all amazing!

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Board Member

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Free2luv is really making a difference!! Whenever I wear my Free2luv t-shirts or wrist bands people come up to me and ask me what it means and I am able to have a conversation with them and bring awareness to the issues of discrimination, bullying and negative perceptions. Free2luv's Billboards and PSA's are reaching millions of people and the response is so positive and inspirational. We need a change in this world and Free2luv is really making a change for the better! I am so proud and thankful to be a part of their movement. Thank you Free2luv for all of the good that you do!!

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2 Lauren S.5

Volunteer

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I have been a Youth Advocate for Free2Luv for over 3 years and last year I started going into my local Boys & Girls Clubs and community centers to facilitate their art-inspired Free2BeME workshops, specifically for low-income and at-risk youth. After facilitating a few of these workshops, I have found it to be life-changing for me and feel that I have found my life purpose which is really rewarding. I open up each workshop sharing a bit about my experience with bullying and overcoming adversity and then have each person share something they love about themselves. From there, I invite each of the participants to share through art what's in their heart. It's so amazing to see first hand how these kids open up and share their hearts and their stories when there are no rules, restrictions or right or wrong answers. For a lot of these kids feeling heard and understood means so much to them. I know, as this has been the same for me. I am honored to be an Advocate with Free2Luv. My goal is to host Free2BeME workshops throughout the year(s) and reach as many kids as possible. The founders of Free2Luv truly are open arms & hearts to everyone. I'm blessed they are in my life. I encourage you to support this amazing organization as I know so many kids would benefit greatly from Free2Luv’s programming.

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Lauren, we are so proud of the powerful impact you are making in your community and the world. Keep shining your very bright light! We LUV you!

1 CaringCrownsCA

Volunteer

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I am 11 years old and I am passionate about volunteering and kindness to all! I came across FREE2LUV on Instagram, so I looked into their message and the work they do. I knew I wanted to be apart of their family, so I became an advocate for them and do what I could to spread the word. I have only been apart of FREE2LUV for a couple of months, but I already feel like I am helping to make a difference. My friend and I just attended their #unstoppable and that is what it was because we could not stop talking about the talent and their message. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me with FREE2LUV.

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Free2Luv 03/20/2018

We're so happy to have you in our family and thank you for sharing your big heart with our organization. Thank you for helping fundraise for our empowerment benefit, UNSTOPPABLE. You are ensuring our message grows and more underserved youth have an opportunity to experience our programming. Thanks for being your AWESOME YOU!

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General Member of the Public

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With great pleasure, I have to share... I had the best time ever, at the free2luv "Unstoppable Event!" Last weekend (March 10, 2018), I was fortunate to be in attendance, and the experience was very moving. I left feeling extremely moved, loved, and inspired. You couldn't walk out of there and keep all of that to yourself. I want to continue to be a part of making a difference in the world, showing others that love is and should always be more contagious than hate. I want children as well as other adults to know, that they should feel great about being free to be who they are, without judgement or apology. We are all a masterpiece in our own unique way, and should continue to rise up together spreading the light of life & love to everyone surrounding us! Tonya Sandis, thanks for sharing your dream through this production, with all of us. Hopefully, you will get the opportunity to make it a travelling production to share with the rest of the world, it should not stop here.

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Free2Luv 03/16/2018

So beautifully stated. Together, we can create a world where everyone is celebrated and treasured for their uniqueness. Thanks so much for your LUV and support. We appreciate your feedback on our empowerment event, UNSTOPPABLE. We look forward to sharing this production with underserved youth across the country.

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Volunteer

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Saturday's event of Free2Luv in downtown LA was amazing and inspirational!

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Thank you! We've been receiving amazing feedback and thank you for lending your services to our movement!