Miranda Mittleman won $20,000 on Wheel of Fortune—and her rescue dog Weaver inspired her to use the winnings to make the world a kinder place.

She’s always had a passion for poetry, so she combined that with her love for dogs, and began writing a series of children’s books that teach valuable life lessons through Weaver’s eyes.

The PAWS and THINK! books cover the important topics of inclusion, self-confidence, and gratitude.

Mittleman and Weaver, of Hagerstown, Maryland, have been on the move ever since the books initially launched in 2017.

Together they have visited over 100 schools in Baltimore, New Jersey, and New York, teaching PAWSitive lessons that have impacted the lives of over 30,000 children.

“This has been the most incredible opportunity of my life,” Mittleman explains. “I never imagined that my passion for poetry and love for my rescue dog would lead me down this amazing path.”

She wanted to use her platform to give back to the community in an even bigger way, so Mittleman donates a portion of the proceeds from each book to a different non-profit every three months—over $5,000 to date.

“I’ve had the honor of presenting donations to numerous charities that help children and animals,” she told GNN. “There is truly no greater feeling than giving back.”

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Earlier this year, Wheel of Fortune selected Mittleman to reappear on the show for its “Changing Lives” segment, which demonstrated how she used her winnings to help others.

Even with their second child on the way, Mittleman and her husband Michael have big plans for the future of PAWS and THINK!, releasing the fourth book next year and continuing to visit more schools in Maryland and across the country.

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