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Joyful THANKS!

Giving Tuesday is a wonderful way to participate with Joy First before the end of the year Tuesday November 28, 2023.

Do you know what additional services that Joy First and Katy BEE Offer? Scroll down to read more!

If you prefer to work with services, email katy@katybeellc.com

Joy to the Giving Tuesday

Thank you to all of our donors! Joy First exists because of YOU! So grateful!

Where do your donations go? Scroll down – you will see A LOT of action!

Donate with Paypal

#GivingTuesday is a great time to support Joy First Foundation!

Donate with Venmo

Joy First Foundation’s Tour of Joy continues with the help of your donations! Katy Bee is currently training in multiple programs including a certificate program to be a Chief Well-Being Officer with the World Happiness Academy!!

Joy First has upcoming events

Katy BEE will be presenting a well being program to the Ojibwa Nation high schools

Joy First is still posting on social media!

Introducing our Joy First Ambassador

Minerva the Match Maven

MInerva will help match you with your needs in a joyful way!

email her at minervathematchmaven@gmail.com for more information!

What? More Classes?

Due to a love of learning and learning how to connect better, I have been enrolled in a few programs that are new and ongoing!


  1. The Humor Academy (year 2 of 3) – to become a “Certified Humor Professional” focused on the healing power of humor!

  2. CELC – Arts Connect International created the Cultural Equity Learning Community where I am learning about how we can all grow and learn from privilege in society – and how we can all respect each other more deeply as a global culture! This is taught by indigenous global younger people!

  3. World Happiness Academy – I am signed up to certify as a “Chief Well -Being Officer” – I’m more than halfway done!

SERVICES FOR HIRE!

  • Video Editing

  • Social Media Management

  • Graphic Design

  • Life/Joy Coaching – Individual and groups – online and in person (depending upon availability)

  • Programs for Schools, Senior Centers, Laughter Yoga, Applied Improvisation, Play Therapeutics, and customized programs

  • Play Coaching

  • Well-Being Plans for Individuals / Groups (with coaching)

  • Curriculum coming soon! (Businesses can download and use with their teams)

  • Relational Development for Businesses – Coaching to find better answers for productivity, happiness at work, and individuals.

  • Clowning Activities for events, and Donor Supported Clown Visits

Joy First will be presenting in Denver, CO in April at the AATH Conference!

Subject:

“Can Humor Help Bullying?”

Joyful Yoga is in Development – SOON find this online!

A combination of multiple types of yoga will come together to create Joyful Yoga! Stay Tuned to social media and here for more information on how to join online classes.

Joy First Podcast is Live!

Check out the podcast – we are looking for sponsors and guests

PODCAST LINK

Help Joy First Continue for Giving Tuesday!

Seniors, birthdays, veterans, staff, – the spontaneous random moments of joy continue!

Click a Link to Help Continue the Tour of Joy and These Events/Moments

Your donations have brought joy to at least 1000 people around the country, and continue to do more activities, learning, and impacting new communities all the time!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Click on the Patreon image to see profile and subscribe – FREE or PAID – choose your tier

Are you a Patreon pro? I need help!

Please send me an email if you would be willing to help me understand Patreon more Info@joyfirst.org

This is a way to support all the volunteer projects I work on and those volunteer projects include:

  1. Running Joy First Foundation and Events

  2. The Laughbox Podcast (I co-host and edit) – with Jim-Bob Williams

  3. Community and online Pop-Up Events when possible

    and there’s more of course


Joy First is looking for research and ideas for using humor to combat criticism, bullying and suicide with Compliment Circles! Did you know that humor and gratitude may have an effect on suicide ideation? (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0191886916308479)


Joy First is working on that!

What People Are Saying!!

This is the latest 100% feedback!
”I really needed that!

“Everyone really needs this”

“Please Keep Going – There isn’t enough of this happening right now”


Thanks to your donations, we have already gifted:

Over 1000 Moments of Joy!

Thousands of miles of travel and we are just getting started!

Do you know that for the past year, Katy BEE has been co-hosting the Laughbox podcast? The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor podcast talks about how humor helps us all, from a Ukrainian Soldier, to a Brain Tumor Survivor, to overcoming trauma and even Joy First Foundation is highlighted! Click on the link to go to the page, it’s free, you don’t need an app for this enlightening way to help make life more humorous and healthy!

I am adding an all inclusive Patreon platform and I could use some help! Click the link above  to see more!

Click anything to donate – every little bit helps!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Do you want to be a volunteer Joy First Ambassador?

Send an email to info@joyfirst.org – you can help as the program is currently being designed!

Joy First is Still on the Move!

Currently moving throughout the midwest!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

What Else?


Joy First future projects that you can support:

  • A book of stories collected during the Joyful Moments

  • A documentary film resulting from experiences and interviews!

  • A textbook for training others as Joy First Ambassadors

  • Joyful Yoga online sessions – STARTED

  • Joy First Coaching – Donate to send Joy First to your locale – This is already happening in the Upper Peninsula in First Nation Communities!

  • Joy First retreats

  • Joy First Caravans

  • Joy First Podcast – STARTED

  • Joy First Well-Being PlanSTARTED



You too can volunteer, send an email to info@joyfirst.org to help out. Help is needed with fundraising, planning, publicizing, coaching, and more!


TIK TOK https://www.tiktok.com/@joyfirstfoundation

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@joyfirstfoundation

Please follow us, SUBSCRIBE – comment, like and share posts

We are on FB, Twitter and Instagram, too! (see links below)


Donate with Venmo
Donate with Paypal

100% surveyed say

They recommend a Joyful Moment for EVERYONE


85% of people surveyed want recognition

85% of people surveyed suggest that helping others brings joy


Listen

to the AATH LAUGHBOX PODCAST about Joy First Foundation and the Tour of Joy

CLICK HERE


How can you help?

Your donations help buy supplies, and support the tour, and help clown visits by paying in advance for places like domestic violence shelters, and senior centers, First Nation reservations, and other locations. They receive FREE full clown visits.


NOW OFFERING IMPROMPTU DANCE PARTIES!


Support the Tour, Support the Work, Support the JOY!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Even on the train to New York Joy First is in action, discussing, sharing, and bringing joy!

Did You Know Katy BEE is producing videos of her travels and adventures (separate from Joy First Foundation)? You can also contribute to this as she works on the road!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@norma-lacy

Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@normalacy_vanlife_nomad

Questions?

Please reach out at info(at)joyfirst.org or katy(at)katybeellc.com


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What Has Been Happening, and What’s Coming Up?

Picture includes: Connecting with St. Ignace Ojibwe Cultural Museum Directors, face painting at a Pow-Wow in St. Ignace, and the clown show at Oxbow Park in Newaygo.

Lower Michigan

Since the last newsletter, Joy First has continued to bring Joy in a number of ways. Starting at Oxbow Campground, The Big Rapids Community Library, and July 4th celebrations in lower Michigan, Katy BEE LLC and Joy First collaborated to bring some events that made an impact!

Testimonial from Oxbow Campground- combining both Katy BEE and Joy First Foundation

Katy Bee and the Joy First Foundation joined us at our campground Summer Celebration Fundraiser this year and she was AMAZING! She began with some laughter yoga and it was awesome to see guests of all ages laughing along with her, by the end we were legitimately laughing with her. The laughter only continued as she hula hooped and juggled around and danced entertaining us all. She concluded her time with us with some of the most beautiful face painting I’ve ever seen. I am so grateful that Katy landed at our campground this summer because she was the perfect addition to our celebration. She is such a kind, sweet, caring and creative person and I hope the rest of the world gets to experience her! 

Katy BEE and Joy First Foundation were invited to create a gratitude moment for the staff of Oxbow Campground.

Cheboygan library compliment circle

At this Cheboygan public library show, the Compliment Circle was added as part of Katy BEE’s regular program.

The Feedback….

“Thank you for a wonderful evening. You are a true professional and we appreciate the positive message you shared. “ – Cheboygan Public Library

Keep Scrolling! There’s Much More!

Your donations have brought joy to hundreds of people around the country, and continue to do more activities, learning, and impacting new communities all the time!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Click on the Patreon image to see profile and subscribe – FREE or PAID – choose your tier

In Traverse City, after a discussion with a teacher about school bullying, Joy First offered a summer school assembly with teachers and students creating a program using laughter, improv and a compliment circle to help offer alternatives to bullying.

The feedback…

“It was a great week with the kids, they were generally more positive and cooperative, especially one kid whose attitude was “I’m too cool for this.”  Her attitude and demeanor has changed and I’m seeing her smile more.  She has dimples and I never knew it 🙂.” – Teacher at Buckley School  

Some Amazing Developments in the Upper Peninsula!

Joy First Foundation in the St. Ignace Community had a long discussion with the directors of the Ojibwe Cultural Museum. The discussion was about bullying and suicide.  Joy First is contacting school officials to offer more programs like the Traverse City Summer Assembly to see if it can have an impact on bullying.

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Bay Mills Community College

September 12, 2023, Joy First will be presenting on the Chippewa Reservation to their School Year KickOff at Bay Mills Community College. Here we have discussed more online assemblies for staff, teachers and online students. Bay Mills Community College is focused on first generation low-income students.  Joy First information has been passed on to Boys and Girls clubs in the area both on and off reservation.

Performing the World Happening(s) with the East Side Institute (Online) September 28-October 1

Join Joy First as Katy BEE offers a look into how to talk with strangers, and how does that affect us?  Every day of the Performing the World Happening(s) conference, Katy BEE will introduce the concepts and invite participants to create their own joyful moments and bring back stories to share.  Join us for an amazing conference that includes groups like Playing for Change, Magicians without Borders and much much more! (Click on the image to register)

What else is coming up?

Joy First has applied to present again at the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor conference in April in Denver, Colorado!

Joy First is looking for research and ideas for using humor to combat criticism, bullying and suicide with Compliment Circles! Did you know that humor and gratitude may have an effect on suicide ideation? (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0191886916308479)


Joy First is working on that!

What People Are Saying!!

This is the latest 100% feedback!
”I really needed that!

“Everyone really needs this”

“We have so much need for this, you’re gonna need a staff!”


Thanks to your donations, we have already gifted:

Over 750 Moments of Joy!

over 7000 miles of travel and we are just getting started!

Do you know that for the past year, Katy BEE has been co-hosting the Laughbox podcast? The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor podcast talks about how humor helps us all, from a Ukrainian Soldier, to a Brain Tumor Survivor, to overcoming trauma and even Joy First Foundation is highlighted! Click on the link to go to the page, it’s free, you don’t need an app for this enlightening way to help make life more humorous and healthy!

I am moving to an all inclusive Patreon platform which is already up and running. In this space I will be posting impromptu videos, interviews about joy, meditations, and learning and growing on the road. If you have ideas, please give some input. The goal is to grow with you!


This platform can be free or paid. Your choice. Please subscribe to stay informed and see exciting new content here!


On this new Patreon platform, it offers you membership options to help fund the Laughbox podcast (split between two co-hosts), and you can help Joy First Foundation continue to work toward more joy!  Your contribution helps to keep this mission of joy, and giving to others. Any little bit will help empower me to bring this message of joy, hope, healing, and that little light that each of us can help to grow bigger for all of us.


There will be live videos in the future, there will be more added benefits to each tier, and for now, join me in this experiment and bring some extra joy to the tour with your contributions. Any contribution tiers dedicated to Joy First are tax deductible as Joy First is a recognized 501c3 organization.


Katy BEE volunteers a lot. If you like what you are seeing, there are many ways to contribute to the project!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Do you want to be a volunteer Joy First Ambassador?

Send an email to info@joyfirst.org – you can help as the program is currently being designed!

Joy First is Still on the Move!

Exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

What Else?


Joy First future projects that you can support:

  • A book of stories collected during the Joyful Moments

  • A documentary film resulting from experiences and interviews!

  • A textbook for training others as Joy First Ambassadors

  • Joyful Yoga online sessions

  • Joy First Coaching – Donate to send Joy First to your locale – This is already happening in the Upper Peninsula in First Nation Communities!

  • Joy First retreats

  • Joy First Caravans

  • Joy First Podcast


You too can volunteer, send an email to info@joyfirst.org to help out. Help is needed with fundraising, planning, publicizing, coaching, and more!


TIK TOK https://www.tiktok.com/@joyfirstfoundation

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@joyfirstfoundation

Please follow us, SUBSCRIBE – comment, like and share posts

We are on FB, Twitter and Instagram, too! (see links below)


Donate with Venmo
Donate with Paypal

100% surveyed say

They recommend a Joyful Moment for EVERYONE


85% of people surveyed want recognition

85% of people surveyed suggest that helping others brings joy


Listen

to the AATH LAUGHBOX PODCAST about Joy First Foundation and the Tour of Joy

CLICK HERE


How can you help?

Your donations help buy supplies, and support the tour, and help clown visits by paying in advance for places like domestic violence shelters, and senior centers, First Nation reservations, and other locations. They receive FREE full clown visits.


NOW OFFERING IMPROMPTU DANCE PARTIES!


Support the Tour, Support the Work, Support the JOY!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Even on the train to New York Joy First is in action, discussing, sharing, and bringing joy!

Did You Know Katy BEE is producing videos of her travels and adventures (separate from Joy First Foundation)? You can also contribute to this as she works on the road!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@norma-lacy

Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@normalacy_vanlife_nomad

Questions?

Please reach out at info(at)joyfirst.org or katy(at)katybeellc.com

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Joy First Foundation Keeps Hearing the Same Response!

We are all carrying around some kind of burden. This particular woman had wrecked her RV the day before I arrived, and was already grieving the loss of her husband 2 months before this. These joyful moments don’t solve all of our problems, but do offer a moment of recognition that we all have struggles, and kindness helps us through our journey. Most people are not telling us what is going on in the background. Miraculously, these joyful moments tend to bring out the story, and allow us the opportunity to show love and support in the midst of despair.

What People Are Saying!!

Throughout the Tour, This is the MOST heard feedback!

“I think you were sent here”

“You’re just what I needed”

“Everyone needs this”

“Please keep going”

“Thank you for bringing this into my life”


Thanks to your donations, we have already gifted:

Over 500 Moments of Joy!

over 6000 miles of travel and we are just getting started!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Joy First is Still on the Move!

Currently applying for Grants, we still need your help to continue the project!

May in New York City, Joy First Presented to the Association for the Study of Play and the East Side Institute

In April, Joy First Presented at the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference in Mesa, AZ

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

What Else?


Joy First future projects that you can support:

  • A book of stories collected during the Joyful Moments

  • A documentary film resulting from experiences and interviews!

  • A textbook for training others as Joy First Ambassadors

  • Joyful Yoga online sessions

  • Joy First Coaching – Donate to send Joy First to your locale (Starting in August)

  • Joy First retreats

  • Joy First Caravans

  • Joy First Podcast


TIK TOK https://www.tiktok.com/@joyfirstfoundation

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@joyfirstfoundation

Please follow us, SUBSCRIBE – comment, like and share posts

We are on FB, Twitter and Instagram, too! (see links below)


Donate with Venmo
Donate with Paypal

100% surveyed say

They recommend a Joyful Moment for EVERYONE


85% of people surveyed want recognition

85% of people surveyed suggest that helping others brings joy


Listen

to the AATH LAUGHBOX PODCAST about Joy First Foundation and the Tour of Joy

CLICK HERE


How can you help?

Your donations help buy supplies, and support the tour, and help clown visits by paying in advance for places like domestic violence shelters, and senior centers, they receive FREE full clown visits.


NOW OFFERING IMPROMPTU DANCE PARTIES!


Support the Tour, Support the Work, Support the JOY!

How can your group grow from a team Joyful Moment? This compliment car wash improvisation game in New York City  brought the group to tears through bonding, sharing, and loving!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Send Zelle to: info@joyfirst.org

Even on the train to New York Joy First is in action, discussing, sharing, and bringing joy!

BOOK KEEPING!

2022 Donation Totals: $3500

2023 Donation Totals: $1035 (so far)


Joy First has been Incredibly frugal to make it this far. Can you help us make it through the next half of the year? We need funding to do so.


We have applied for two grants so far. We would love ideas to help us get funding particularly for:

  • a proprietary podcast

  • continuing the tour

  • offering more joyful moments

  • documentary film

  • book production

You can specify in your donation what you would like to support

You can also “send” joy first to your location with specified funding

Questions?

Please reach out at info(at)joyfirst.org or katy(at)katybeellc.com

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Joy First Progress May 2023

We have been presenting, making Joyful Moments, and the journey continues


Thanks to your donations, we are still going strong!


348 Kazoos!

560Clown Noses

600 Balloon Animals

300 Little 3d-Printed Joys

20 Joyful Certificates

5 Medals for being alive

5 Trophies for living on this planet

8 Hours of Joy Coaching

over 4000 miles of travel so far!

We still need help to continue the Journey

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Joy First has traveled west to Mesa Arizona where the Tour of Joy presented the first of three presentations about this project. The presentation was awesome and to a packed room at the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor!

Next Presentation – The Association for the Study of Play (TASP)- NYC (Online)

Joy First Foundation continues to present on the findings of this amazing tour. The presentation for TASP (The Association for the Study of Play) the Premier academic conference – Joy First is represented with an online presentation and Q and A.

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

Donate with Zelle info@joyfirst.org

Third Presentation in-person

East Side Institute for Short Term Therapy – International Class Reunion in New York City

The Joy First Tour is headed to New York City where we will present even more with many joyful moments to an international crowd. Katy BEE (Kate McGlynn) graduated from the ESI International Class last June. She studied performance activism, play therapeutics, and started learning how to be a Social Therapeutic Coach. She will present around May 20th in New York City.

What Else?


Many Joyful Moments have been documented

and can be found on

TIK TOK https://www.tiktok.com/@joyfirstfoundation

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@joyfirstfoundation

Please follow us – comment, like and share posts

We are on FB, Twitter and Instagram, too! (see links below)


Joyful Moments – can be counted with Kazoos and noses – approaching 500 moments!


Senior Centers – 6 hours

Domestic Violence Shelters – 3 hours

Private Clown Visits – 5 hours

Pop-Up Clown Visit for Ukrainian and Moldovan Families – 3 hours

Online Spontaneous Joyful Zoom Moment – 1 hour

This is important work – we continue to hear this!


All the people surveyed have said

EVERYONE needs a Joyful Moment


Our Future?

We are still preparing training online for Joyful Ambassadors

We are preparing a book

There is a lot of footage – there is discussion for a documentary

Discussion about a TedX Talk

YOU CAN SEND JOY FIRST SOMEWHERE WITH YOUR DONATION

*within reason -and timeliness* – covering travel to get there, and the type of activity you would like to build with Joy First


We are grateful to have attended and presented at the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference in Mesa AZ April 25-30


Listen to the AATH LAUGHBOX PODCAST about the AATH conference

and Joy First!

CLICK HERE


How can you help?

Your donations help buy supplies, pay for gas, and support the tour, and help clown visits by paying in advance for places like domestic violence shelters, and senior centers, they receive FREE 2-3 hour  full clown visits- a $500 visit normally.


What are we wishing for?

Support for getting to New York, a place to park, lodging costs if we can’t find anywhere to park


Grant writing help and funding search help


Your donations already pay for supplies, and clown visits. CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO SUPPORT THE TOUR OF JOY!

Don't forget. to acknowledge your waitstaff
Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

The Tour of Joy has upgraded to a Van RV – enabling for an improved travel situation!

more news….

Katy BEE LLC and BEE BEE Clown are joining Clowns without Borders – making Joy First an even MORE global experience.

Stay tuned for more information – details are still developing – This means international travel to refugee camps, and disaster areas to clown for families in need.


Questions?

Please reach out at info(at)joyfirst.org or katy(at)katybeellc.com

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What has Joy First Foundation been up to since December?

We have been very busy since the last time we shared a newsletter!


Thanks to your donations, we have already gifted:


240 Kazoos!

500 Clown Noses

400 Balloon Animals

150 Little 3d-Printed Joys

20 Joyful Certificates

5 Medals for being alive

5 Trophies for living on this planet

4 Hours of Joy Coaching

over 2000 miles of travel and we are just getting started!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

What Else?


Many Joyful Moments have been documented

and can be found on

TIK TOK https://www.tiktok.com/@joyfirstfoundation

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@joyfirstfoundation

Please follow us – comment, like and share posts

We are on FB, Twitter and Instagram, too! (see links below)


And longer, donated Clown Joyful Moments and Juggling Shows, and Face Painting, and Balloon Twisting to


Senior Centers – 4 hours

Domestic Violence Shelters – 3 hours

Private Clown Visits – 3 hours

Pop-Up Clown Visit for Ukrainian and Moldovan Families – 3 hours

Online Spontaneous Joyful Zoom Moment – 1 hour

We have experienced and given:

Tears of Joy

Pride

Gratitude

Referrals

Warmth

Kindness

Love

Whimsy

Support

and many stories,

so many stories!


This is important work – we keep hearing that!


14 out of 16 surveyed say

They recommend a Joyful Moment for EVERYONE


85% of people surveyed want recognition

85% of people surveyed suggest that helping others brings joy


Our Future?

We are preparing training for Joyful Ambassadors

We are preparing a book

We are grateful to our Joyful Hosts who have helped the Tour of Joy

We are looking forward to speaking about the Tour of Joy at the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference in Mesa AZ April 25-30


Listen to the AATH LAUGHBOX PODCAST about Joy First Foundation and the Tour of Joy

CLICK HERE


How can you help?

Your donations help buy supplies, and support the tour, and help clown visits by paying in advance for places like domestic violence shelters, and senior centers, they receive FREE full clown visits.


What are we wishing for?

Joy First is considering purchasing and creating a “Joybulance” – a jubilant vehicle change that would allow for more pop-up opportunities – and a quirky attention getter prepared for quick pop-up experiences.


Your donation could help us create this! A second hand utility vehicle designed to bring Jubilance, Joy, and Giggles to those who even see it from afar! It’s more than an artcar, it’s a Joy lifestyle! And with a vehicle shift we can support more people on the road. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for this “new to us” vehicle. – Can you help? When you donate, you can earmark on Paypal for The Tour of Joy and your donation will be added for this purpose.


Your donations already pay for supplies, and clown visits. CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO SUPPORT THE TOUR OF JOY!

Donate with Paypal
Donate with Venmo

more news….

Katy BEE LLC and BEE BEE Clown are joining Clowns without Borders – making Joy First an even MORE global experience.

Stay tuned for more information – details are still developing – This means international travel to refugee camps, and disaster areas to clown for families in need.


Questions?

Please reach out at info(at)joyfirst.org or katy(at)katybeellc.com

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