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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video

Mission: The mission of Little Pearls and its “tiny films” is to transform the world we all share, awakening authentic connection and compassionate action on behalf of humanity and all living beings.

Target demographics: viewers worldwide via our "tiny films" that open hearts & minds

Geographic areas served: the Asheville, NC area

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Pearls, based in Weaverville, N.C., is a gentle, encouraging voice at a time when many are despondent and feeling overwhelmed by divisiveness and the challenges of our time. It produces beautiful, short films - somewhat like public service announcements - dealing with timely issues, such as the aftermath of 9/11, families with disabilities, wildlife rehabilitation, our relationships with dogs, the hopefulness of new life. Little Pearls has been a labor of love of a few highly dedicated volunteers who know that a hopeful, positive message can change someones day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a genuine grassroots labor of love, providing touching and timely small films that inform, inspire and prompt people to think more compassionately about one another, creatures and the environment. The films are conceived, produced and shared on a shoestring budget and are remarkably beautiful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heartfelt short stories in video form that provide hope and warm fuzzies. Highly recommended.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is amazing! They are truly uplifting. Their short but beautiful videos are gems.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls offers us hope and joy - especially needed in these tumultuous times. The tender stories are so important to help us remember that we are not alone, we are strong, and that little miracles are happening around us all the time. I feel like Little Pearls helps us all open our eyes a little wider and our hearts a little bigger.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just great work. Films to show the great value in being a part of those who face great challenge with such grace and bravery. What an inspiration.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls gently invites us to look at important matters in our world in an easy-to-understand way, to help is make the world (and ourselves) at least a little better.

1 Craig M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was drawn to Little Pearls as a pathway to deal with grief. It became an outlet connected with other people dealing with grief and lost and homecomings and being found. Dogs reconnected with owners brought a flood of tears. A short little video was a powerful metaphor for contemporary issues.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i LOVE Little Pearls, they're a positive force in what can often be a negative world!

1 Bill W.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In these divisive times, there has never been a greater need for the work of Little pearls. Their work unites us.

As a 40-year media veteran and organizer of Media that Matters conferences, I've experienced Linda's dedication to produce heartfelt stories that bring us together in ways that we so badly need today.

This is truly media that matters, and we need more of it.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The stories shared in Little Pearls are overflowing with heart. A few moments with one of these is like a vacation for the soul - a respite from the often harsh realities of our time. Thanks for these gems.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The aptly-named Little Pearls shares pearls of wisdom, or a special story, or a lovely slice of life, through short and inspirational videos. Little Pearls was before its time in social media, and continues to produce these lovely tiny films. I remember when I was first captured by these online stories. Later, when I moved to a small town in North Carolina, I was delighted to learn that one of the Little Pearls creators was a neighbor. This winter, curl up on the couch and take the time to crack your oyster to view some of these beautifully-crafted short videos!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sweet, uplifting stories that the world could use more of. Keep spreading the love, Linda!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you “Little Pearls” When one of those pesky irritants of life slips in, I can think of a “tiny film.” A film can tune me in to positive possibilities. Focus me on the abundance and joy of being fully alive. Here…Now An irritant becomes something beautiful! Instead of feeling irritated, I can live my life in Eternity/Kingdom/Paradise/Nirvana/Utopia, as a child (or Pooh). Oh Yeah!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been so touching to be connected to little pearls! Such amazing and touching films and I am so fortunate to have come across them!
Beth Marchitelli < DVM 4 Paws Farewell

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned about "Little Pearls" shortly after I moved to Asheville several years ago. In all my many moves around the country, I'd never encountered any project like it. Little Pearls is (are?) a real gift to all of us, and I feel very fortunate to live in a community where these stories flourish!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls is a gem for highlighting the simple things in life that we all need to stop and cherish . Linda and her team work so hard and make these brief glimpses into the lives of remarkable beings seem effortless. Beauty at its best!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen many of "the Pearls" for 8-10 years? From Amanda's story, to Dog Pearls, to the stories of ordinary but extraordinary people. They are beautifully and sensitively told showing us the miracles in everyday life. My heart is always lifted when I see them. What an amazing woman Linda McLean is!
Sally Carter

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Little Pearls remind me of the beauty, innocence, and joy at the heart of life. I so enjoy the uplifting spirit within these positive messages.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit visually encourages, enriches, and inspires. In watching these everyday stories, I am encouraged to look for them in my community and honor them. The composition, filming and musical scoring is wonderful!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Linda's "Little Pearls" shine light in this sometimes gloomy world. Her sweet films are an inspiration to me to continue to look for and find the goodness everywhere.