Ellen: Smith Family Gives Back
People like Amanda and Ryan are the reason Ellen does what she does. She ends every episode with “Be kind to one another.” Ryan and Amanda Smith are a real example of this. They have been married nine years and have three kids.
Ryan has been in the navy for 13 years. He’s been deployed six times, twice for 15 months in Iraq and once for a year in Afghanistan. Amanda said he is the kind of man that will help and old lady get the milk on the top shelf of the grocery store and then tell her how great her hair looks, even if it’s still in rollers. He works as a volunteer firefighter, a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and works with Habitat for Humanity.
Amanda runs a small non-profit for animals. She’s always bringing home new pets. Once Ryan found a pig in a crate in their home! She saved 300 dogs in the last year. She also watches their three kids and works for animal rights. She and her friend are trying to pass an anti-tethering ordinance for their small county.
Ellen: Military Family Money Pit
Ryan and Amanda bought their first home, an old farm house. It didn’t take long for them to discover the whole place was falling apart. The house is also sinking and the front porch is detaching as it sinks.
Ryan said their family motto is, “A smile costs nothing but gives so much.” Despite all of the struggle with their home, Ryan and Amanda said you can’t put a price tag on a healthy family.
Ellen loved what they are both doing with their lives. She gave Amanda a new dishwasher to help with her kids. Shutterfly heard about their kindness and gave them $20,000 to fix their home.