The photo above comes from comedian, actor, writer and all-around great guy Jeff Garlin. It is his .
Chicago Bears jersey. When asked to “Enter name,” on the back, he did exactly that. And even without sports, it makes him laugh. It makes him happy.

As the photos continue to pour in — and we continue to raise money for the D.C. area foodbank SOME (So Others Might Eat) — we are beginning to get a feel for those little things that help us through these times. They are the small things that make us smile, make us laugh, help us remember happier times, give us feelings of comfort.

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Eliza asks: “Who doesn’t need a little unconditional love in their life — especially at times like this?” Here are just a few of the dozens and dozens of photographs of dogs and cats who are spreading happiness.

Please keep sending in those wonderful photos of things bringing you delight, comfort, peace. For every person who sends a photograph, we are donating $10 to the D.C. area food pantry: So Others Might Eat (SOME).

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A grandfather named Steve sent in this photograph that has brought him joy during these times. It is an arrangement of Matchbox cars set up by his 11-year-old grandson Eli.

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One of my great passions is history, particularly American history. I find comfort and inspiration in looking back and seeing how Americans have endured through difficult times and, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, been touched by our better angels.

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On Farm to Market Road between Floorsville and La Vernia, Texas, there’s a landmark that everybody knows. Directions around those parts go something like this: “You’ll want to turn left at the Volkswagen in the tree.”

There’s no way you can look at that photo without smiling.

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Connie Butterfly Crocheting

Connie Spaid was in high school when her grandmother taught her how to crochet. That is probably how most people learn an art like crocheting, something that to most might seem quaint, maybe even a bit outdated. Connie certainly never thought of it as anything more than that. She learned two basic stitches, enough to piece together a simple pattern on her own, and she was happy to know how to do it. She could add that to her creative skill-set.

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Baseball

The idea is simple. Every single day, we are besieged by businesses, political strategists, marketing gurus and media entities telling us what we are. We are young. We are old. We are Southerners or Northerners or Californians or from flyover country. We are Republicans or Democrats, male or female, straight or gay, working class or middle class or upper class or elites. We are our race, our religion, our height, our weight, our family status, our heritage.

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Over the past several months, as I’ve managed a variety of challenging client matters and Joe has been out counting down the 100 greatest baseball players for The Athletic (a list I have strong disagreements with, by the way), we took a bit of a hiatus from the Passion project. We wanted to rethink some things. We wanted to consider so new angles.

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