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Nov 03, 2017 by Alyssa Duvall

The Carlie Challenge: One Girl's Death Sparks Worldwide Movement

After the sudden death of their 15-year-old daughter, Carlie, the Almond family never expected that her challenge would prompt a nationwide movement about the power of thankfulness, but that’s exactly what happened.

Carlie Almond died on December 31st, 2015, her mother Amy said in a Facebook video, and “she left behind a wonderful legacy that we wanted everybody to share.”

A month before Carlie passed away, she started the simple practice of publicly posting one thing she was thankful for each day on Facebook.

What started as Carlie’s "attitude of gratitude" challenge became Carlie's legacy, and her parents published her posts in a book called "The Carlie Challenge," CBN reports. Now, they’re challenging everyone to take the month of November to remember what they are thankful for every day.

Amy Almond explained the challenge: "We want people to journal every day what they're thankful for for 30 days just like Carlie did. That's why this book got formed... because we think it's a way of people looking at their life in a whole different light. It's a way of people realizing what God has done for them."

Carlie’s strong faith was a significant element in her posts, her mother says. "She believed in God. She was not afraid to show it. She publicized it on Facebook.”

Carlie eloquently expressed her faith in her November 20th, 2015 post: "Today I am thankful for God's grace. I wouldn't be where I am today without the love God has given and shown me. I am forever thankful for his love and hope he gives me day in and day out. All of these thankful things I have found to be thankful for in my life would not be possible without the Lord. I am thankful to be a Christian."

To find out more about Carlie and to accept the challenge, watch the video below:



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