ChemoCars Partners with Uber and Lyft to Give Cancer Patients Rides to Treatment

When Zach Bolster’s mother, Gloria, was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, Bolster and his now-wife moved from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, to help her out.

While they were there, Zach was appalled at the number of people who didn’t have the same kind of support system that his mother did. Many were driving themselves to treatment, which can be dangerous. Others weren’t able to attend treatment at all if they couldn’t find someone to drive them or if they didn’t have a car. Many could not afford to take a taxi because of the financial toll chemotherapy treatment was already taking on them and their families.

The problem weighed heavily on Zach’s mind, inspiring him to create a system to alleviate the issue of getting a ride to cancer treatments.

ChemoCars was born in March of 2017, in honor of Zach’s late mother, who passed in 2016.

The drivers and cars for ChemoCars are provided by Lyft and Uber, two companies that already offer rides on demand at much cheaper rates than taxis. Drivers have already undergone background checks, and there are generally drivers available at any time of the day.

Donors pay for the rides, and each one is tracked via GPS to ensure the safety and success of every trip. This way, all chemotherapy patients have to worry about is booking the ride, either online or over the phone. The ability to call to schedule a ride was important to Zach, who knows many older people struggle to use technology like computers and smartphones. Rides can be booked in advance or requested about 10 minutes before the desired pick-up time.

“Cancer can be scary and feel uncontrollable,” Zach says. “We want to take this one piece of the process, transportation, and make it simple so they can focus on what matters most, getting better.”

Partnering with Lyft and Uber also allows Zach to run his little charity business with very low costs, meaning donations can go directly to rides instead of to the costs of running the program.

For now, the service only exists in Charlotte, but Zach hopes to grow it so that people across the nation can get free rides to treatment.

Korey Wise Of “Central Park Five” Donates $190,000 to Help Fight Wrongful Convictions

The University of Colorado’s Innocence Project got a boost and a new name with a $190,000 donation from Korey Wise, a man exonerated in New York City’s high-profile Central Park jogger case.

The program, operated out of CU’s law school, is now named the Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law. Wise’s donation allowed the student-led volunteer program to hire a full-time director this fall and provides financial support for its investigative work.

The Innocence Project is a national nonprofit with chapters across the country that investigate claims of wrongful convictions. Colorado’s chapter was founded in 2001 under the Colorado Lawyers Committee and moved to the CU law school in 2010.

Wise was 16 when he was tried and convicted as an adult in connection with the 1989 attack and rape of a female jogger in Central Park.

He spent more than a decade in prison and was exonerated in 2002 after another man admitted to the attack and DNA testing confirmed his involvement. The convictions of the four other men accused in the attack were also overturned.

The men, who became known as the Central Park Five, settled with the city of New York for $41 million in 2014.

This is believed to be Wise’s first major philanthropic gift.

His attorney, Jane Fisher-Byrialsen, said Wise wanted to play an active role in a program related to wrongful convictions and learned that a donation to CU’s Innocence Project would make more of an impact than one to the national nonprofit.

Wise, 42, met with CU law students during a campus visit this fall.  “This opportunity came up where he could give to a program that really needed it,” said Fisher-Byrialsen, who splits her time between Colorado and New York City. “He thought his money would make a big difference here and I think it already has.”

Prior to creating a full-time director position, the program was run by a clinical law professor who donated her time. Hiring a staff member allows for continuity across different groups of students, said Kristy Martinez, the program’s new director.

Martinez said students are inspired to investigate potential wrongful convictions because people like Wise have “fascinating” stories. They also get a chance to apply and understand theoretical knowledge they’ve learned in class.

There are about 35 law students investigating 26 Colorado cases at the moment, with 200 pending case applications in the queue, Martinez said.

For those convicted, the work of law students and other volunteers is often a last chance at exoneration, which is why Wise decided to support the program, his attorney said.

“There’s not many other avenues, other than these types of programs,” said Wise’s attorney. “It’s very difficult. It’s time-consuming and you have to do it pro bono. People who are serving 25-to-life are not going to have money to pay you.”

Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law: colorado.edu/law/academics/clinics/korey-wise-innocence-project

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91 Year Old Terminally Ill Hospital Patient Knits Over 9000 Winter Hats For The Homeless

“Why do I do it? It just makes me feel good,” Morrie Boogart said when asked why he spends his days knitting hats for the homeless. Morrie is a terminally ill patient at the Cambridge Manor hospice care facility in Michigan, and rather than focusing on his life ending, he chooses to focus on helping to relieve some of the suffering of the homeless.

As Morrie makes his winter hats, he adds a “rim” around the bottom to keep the ears of the homeless warm. Then they are delivered to shelters throughout the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. His care facility is currently accepting yarn donations to help him continue with his craft.

“This has been the best thing that’s happened to me because I just stay in my room,” he says. “I do it awfully slow.”

Morrie manages to complete one or two hats each day, and takes short coffee breaks in between.

Sometimes after we have suffered, we begin to become aware of the suffering of others and of the great pains and struggles those nearest to us face each day. The homeless have a very hard time staying warm and surviving the extremely cold winters of Michigan, but Morrie’s compassionate heart has been helping thousands of them stay a little bit warmer.

Since his story has been shared, people from all around the world have begun donating yarn to Morrie to use for his winter hats.
“The intent from the beginning was to give him something to do,” said Karen Lauters, Morrie’s daughter. “I’m amazed at how this is continuing to touch people’s lives and inspire them.”

“I have found that the yarn and cards, that have been sent to my dad, have lifted his spirit and given him a greater sense of purpose.”

Whatever Our Circumstances Are In Life, The Love In Our Hearts Will Help Us Rise Above Them.

Compassion is Beautiful.

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Little Caesars Hangs Sign on Door After Catching Homeless People Eating Scraps from Dumpster

A Little Caesars restaurant in Fargo, North Dakota is capturing hearts and feeding the hungry with a new policy they posted with a sign in their window.

A new idea came to General Manager, Michelle Lussier, after she noticed an ongoing problem: people were eating leftovers from the store dumpster. Lussier decided to approach the situation with a surprising solution, offering free slices of pizza inside the store.

She recognized that the homeless are human beings the same as everybody else, and deserve dignity, respect, and compassion.

The sign hung on the drive-through window reads:

“To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during operating hours for a couple slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”

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In a video about the new policy, Lussier offers hope. Instead of merely “thoughts and prayers,” she offers something real: delicious pizza.

“Don’t feel embarrassed if you’re hungry and you don’t want to do what others do, you know stand on the corner for handouts,” says Lussier.

“…You feel down about that, you’re more than welcome to come here and grab a couple slices.”

According to Valley News Live, the restaurant also donates leftover pizza to the local food pantry and has a donation box inside the store that benefits the homeless in the area.

This restaurant is extending goodwill to the homeless. In return, they endear themselves to the community with some good public relations, earning well-deserved customer loyalty.

Dad Reunited with Restored Mustang after Selling it to Pay for Wife's Cancer Treatment

Wesley Ryan can't believe his eyes.

"Is this my car?"

Last year we told you how Ryan's children tracked down his old Mustang and bought it back for him, the car they called Christine. He loved that car - but he loves his family and his wife - more than anything.

"We sold the car for medical bills. Obviously we were going to have a lot of things to deal with; she was going to be out of work," he said.

Laura had ovarian cancer and nothing mattered more than her being cured. Fortunately she has been healthy for years.

So last year their children decided to buy back the car, and when Ford Motor Co. heard about that, they stepped in - in a big way.

"They've been through a lot. They've made a lot of sacrifices, and they are really passionate about their Mustang and so it was a real honor for us to get involved," said Henry Ford III. 

And they did it in a big way - new engine, transmission, paint, tires - you name it. Christine got a complete makeover.

"We can't say enough to Ford, to Detroit, to just the loving family we've walked into up here, we're blown away," Wes said. "We never expected this - we didn't mean for this to happen - we're blessed and we're a grateful family."

Grateful and going home to Texas with Christine the Mustang, a family member they never expected to get back - let alone, now in mint condition.

"It brings my family whole again," Laura said. "It makes us whole again and some people may, but it's an extension of our family and back home."

"I get a beautiful car, two beautiful kids who brought it home and I got a cancer-free wife that's with me for a long time," Wes said. "You have created a family heirloom and I can't say thank you enough."

Round Bay Campers Assemble Blessing Bags For The Homeless

As part of their camp activities on July 17, children at Round Bay Beach got to learn about ways they can help the less fortunate. Students heard from Khristine Smith, a social worker with Anne Arundel County Public Schools who works with families going through difficult times, and from Sophia Barron, a Severna Park High School 2019 graduate who goes on WoodsWork to build homes for families in need. Afterward, campers assembled Blessing Bags with toiletries and snacks to be delivered to people experiencing homelessness.

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Boston Firefighters Build Unity, Increase Interest in Department Through Volunteer Program

A humid day in Mattapan did not slow the pace of an intense basketball game between teachers from Mattahunt Elementary School and a team from the Boston Fire Department.

Kimberly Hogan, part of the teacher’s team, said her student spectators were thrilled to watch.

"The kids are all amped,” Hogan said. “They're very excited to see the firefighters."

That's the idea of the Fire Department's Community Enrichment Program, or CEP, to get young people excited about the fire service. The outreach effort started with a friendship on the court.

Jorge Diaz, one of the two department members who started CEP, spoke at halftime.

"Larry and I met playing basketball,” he said. “We used to play pickup basketball in the mornings."

That was several years ago. Diaz and Larry Smith then started visiting local community centers and mentoring young people.

CEP became an official department program last October, after the two pitched it to Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn.

"Just exposing kids in the inner-city to positive role models is terrific,” Finn said. “Then getting them interested in the service, the fire service, and wanting them to think about the fire department as a possible career opportunity."

For years, there have been calls to increase diversity in the department. CEP is one of several efforts underway to try to do that.

"We've certainly upped our game around recruitment,” Finn said. “Certainly, we need to be reflective of the communities we serve."

"What does it take to get on the fire department? What are some of the things? A lot of kids don't know,” Smith said.

"They might see us and say, ‘If you guys can do it, then we can too,’" Diaz said.

The game in Mattapan included an information session for the elementary school kids.

Older kids involved with CEP take to the court and play. The first season brought kids from six community centers together. In addition to increasing interest in the Fire Department, the program also aims to reduce violence by building unity.

All the firefighters involved are volunteers.

Smith and Diaz said they hope to expand CEP and ultimately have a presence in every community center across Boston.

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MassArt Graduate to Donate Hundreds of Kid-Friendly Hospital Gowns

BOSTON —

Like many 8-year-olds, Ethan Delaney loves Lego. He also loves to swim and said he has big plans this summer.

"I want to go to my Nana's pool, swimming and go to the beach," he said.

Unlike most kids his age, though, Ethan also has back surgery scheduled for this month.

"I'm sort of nervous to go into surgery, because I haven't had it for a while," he said.

Ethan’s mother, Christina Delaney, said he has endured many surgeries before.

"He was born with something called esophageal atresia, where his stomach wasn't connected to his esophagus,” she said. “He had his first surgery day one, and he's been pretty much a frequent flyer since then."

On his upcoming trip to the hospital, Ethan said he plans to bring something new: a brightly colored tie-dye hospital gown.

It’s the design and handiwork of Ariana Chariton. The 22-year-old fashion design major just graduated from MassArt.

"When kids go to the hospital, they have to wear those horrible gowns,” Chariton said. “They're tied up the back, and you can basically see everything. I got this concept of, what's a better way to design a hospital gown for a kid?"

A $5,000 grant from This Star Won't Go Out, a charity that supports families facing childhood cancer, got Chariton started. She said she began with sketching and studying color psychology, then sent samples to doctors.

She's currently making two designs: a lightweight T-shirt gown and a cozy cotton flannel sweatshirt gown.

"My goal is to donate about 500 of them,” Chariton said. “I just have to find enough families that want one."

Delaney said she’s touched by the gesture.

"Just like a little thing, like someone thinking of (Ethan) to make a hospital gown that's bright and cheerful means a lot,” she said.

Teacher's Reaction to Surprise Tickets to 'Hamilton' from Students Will Bring you to Tears

A beloved New Jersey history teacher is going to be "in the room where it happens" -- and it's all thanks to his students.

Tom Corby, a history teacher at New Egypt High School in New Egypt, New Jersey, has entered the "Hamilton" lottery to try to win tickets to the acclaimed musical every single day for the past 4 years, but never won.

This week, Corby's dream became a reality when 30 students from his AP Government and AP U.S. History classes surprised him with two tickets to the show as an end-of-year present.

"I was taken aback," Corby told "Good Morning America." "It was an unbelievable gesture from an unbelievable group of kids."

Corby's student, Hanna Downs, said the class came together to hatch the "Hamilton" surprise over several group texts, even enlisting friends to help pitch in to raise $600 to buy two tickets for Corby and his wife.

"We got this idea because every day in class, Corby got a notification that he didn't win the lottery," Downs said. "We all felt bad every time we saw that he didn't win."

In a video of the surprise posted by Downs on Twitter, Corby cries as he reads the card from his students only to realize that they also got him "Hamilton" tickets.

"Oh my goodness, you guys are awesome," he said in the video to his students before bringing them in for a group hug.

The video has since garnered over 650,000 views, and was retweeted by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Miranda shared the viral moment with a note: "Making your teacher cry happy tears is SO many bonus points for The Good Place. Great job, Hanna, great job kids. Enjoy, Mr. Corby."

Corby said that his students told him they were determined to get Miranda to see the video, and were overjoyed when "Hamilton" noticed.

"When I came home, I brought back the dog from the vet, I got taco meat cooking and then all of a sudden, my phone just goes nuts with all of the text messages coming through like, 'He did it! He did it!'," Corby said. "I think my text to them was like, 'Is there anything you guys can't do?'"

Corby will celebrate his 20th year at New Egypt High School in 2020, and his class spoke about the impact he has had on current and former students.

"I don't think I've met a student in the school or any of the past students who doesn't like him as a person and a teacher, so we all wanted to give back," Corby's student, Ellie shared.

"If you love something, you give it that much effort, they'll give back to you," Corby said of his relationship with his students.

Corby said he felt humbled by the outpouring of messages, but credits his students for the incredible gesture.

"They have the unbelievable ability to do something like this," he said. "The world will be great when we grow old because of kids like this."

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Boy Doing his Homework Under a Streetlight Goes Viral, and a Millionaire Takes Notice

It sounds like a fairytale or maybe the plot of a Charles Dickens novel — but it’s a true story.

It began when Víctor Martín Angulo Córdova, an 11-year-old boy from Moche, Perú, caught the attention of the officers monitoring the city’s security cameras. A street camera captured video of the sixth grader sitting and lying down in the road under a streetlamp doing his homework.

Soon the images and the backstory went public on news outlets and social media. As reported on the Perfil website, Víctor’s family didn’t have electricity, but the boy was determined to get an education so he could grow up to be a police officer to “fight corruption, thieves, and drugs.”

According to Perfil, the reason the family didn’t have electricity was twofold: a lack of money to pay the bills, and more importantly, the fact that they didn’t have documentation to prove the ownership of their home, which was needed for the contract to install electricity.

The first person to come to the rescue was the mayor of the town, Arturo Fernández Bazán, who brought Víctor a package of school supplies and helped the family get the paperwork done so they could acquire the deed to their property and get electricity installed.

That in itself was a big step forward, but only the first. It was then that Yaqoob Yusuf Ahmed Mubarak entered the scene. He’s a 31-year-old millionaire importer and chocolatier from Bahrain, who during his childhood wasn’t lacking money, but affection. According to the Clarín news site, Mubarak saw some of his childhood friends die from drugs and crime in his youth and he suffered from depression.

Mubarak’s painful background gifted him with empathy and a desire to help others, so Víctor’s determination to study and be responsible in the midst of poverty moved his heart. In an interview, he says that under the same conditions, he never would have had the motivation to study. So, Mubarak traveled from his small island country (a quarter of the size of Rhode Island) in the Persian Gulf to Moche, Peru, to meet the boy in person.


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Photos of the encounter show the Bahraini businessman hugging Víctor, posing with his family, and lying on the ground reading books with him, apparently imitating Victor’s position when he was caught by the security cameras studying by streetlight.

Mubarak was struck by the poverty in which the boy and his peers lived and studied. He decided to rebuild Víctor’s family’s humble dwelling as a two-story home, help Víctor’s mother start a small business, and give $2,000 to the boy (in his mother’s care). Víctor pointed out that he has many classmates who are in a similar situation, so Mubarak also pledged to remodel and expand the school Víctor attends, adding, among other things, a modern computer lab. The only thing Mubarak is asking in return: that Víctor continue to be a humble, extraordinary person who loves his mother and works hard at his education.

Reportedly, Mubarak is having some difficulty making the donation to the school, due to bureaucratic obstacles on the part of the Peruvian government. Let’s hope that the obstacles can be overcome so this fairytale can fully come true.

Nas & Will Smith Invest In App That Will Help Teens Learn Financial Literacy

Earlier this year, 21 Savage visited the Ellen Show to announce his charity, a campaign that would help teach people financial literacy. He's not the only rap figure with hopes that people learn better money management now that it's been revealed that Nas and Will Smith have thrown their hats in the ring. The two longtime friends have reportedly invested in a banking app created by the startup company Step. According to TechCrunch, Nas and Smith are but a handful of investors who gave over $22 million to the program.

“Schools don’t teach kids about money,” CJ MacDonald, the CEO and co-founder, said in an interview. “We want to be their first bank accounts with spending cards, but we also want to teach financial literacy and responsibility. Banks don’t tailor to this, and we want to be a solution teaching the next generation of adults to be more responsible with money in the cashless era. It was easy with cash to go to the mall but now everyone is using their phone for Uber and more.

The app is still in development and will feature no-fee banking for young people. It will first be available to the U.S. market and will help teens learn how to manage their money. As they get older, the services they're able to choose from will change.

“Today’s young people are digitally savvy, having grown up with technology as a mainstay in their day-to-day lives. As a result, we also need to ensure that they become familiar with the unique aspects of digital payments including providing education about the various finance and payment products available,” said Sherri Haymond, EVP Digital Partnerships, North America for Mastercard, in a statement. “Step has taken a thoughtful approach to developing an offering for teens and families that provides that first step in educating and acclimating today’s youth to help them gain confidence and awareness around their finances.”

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Billionaire Who Paid Off Morehouse College Student Loan Debt Launches Internship Program

Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor who erased the student debt of Morehouse College’s Class of 2019, has launched an internship program for ethnically underrepresented students.

The program, called InternX, will guarantee 1,000 students from ethnically underrepresented groups a paid summer internship in the STEM field.

Rising sophomores with a 2.8 GPA or higher are eligible.

AT&T, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and CitiGroup are reportedly among the companies that will take InternX candidates, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Who is Robert F. Smith? Smith is the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a New York-based investment firm focused on software, data and technology. Forbes estimates Smith's net worth at $5 billion.

Smith made headlines last month when he announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt of each graduate of Morehouse College’s 2019 graduating class. Morehouse College is a historically black, all-male university in Atlanta.

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Residents embrace bullied teen with Random Act of Kindness

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Town residents Colleen Brightman and Rachel Calabrese, along with Laurie Barkowsky of Kingston, started a Random Act of Kindness challenge for the month of February four years ago.

They did so after seeing too much negativity on Facebook, and to honor some inspirational people who had influenced their lives in a positive way.

The first year, the Random Act of Kindness Facebook group had about 400 members.

But this year, more than 1,200 members posted on the page and inspired others by sharing their random acts.

Calabrese saw a post on the ROAK Facebook page during the challenge about Jessaihya Tushiminina, 13, an eighth-grader from Braintree who was assaulted in front of his house allegedly by five teens.

The assault was video recorded on a smartphone and shared on Snapchat in January.

The news was broadcast widely by the media and Calabrese knew she had to do something.

“I was also a victim of bullying in my junior year of high school when my parents moved from the city to Weymouth,” she said. “I wrote Jessaihya a letter letting him know that he was not alone and that as awful as it is to experience it, it will change him to be more empathetic and inclusive of others and how he will get through this time in his life and be stronger.”

Jessaihya and his mother, Mireille Tushiminina, came to a Foxboro Rotary Club meeting as guest speakers last month.

“I have been an activist for almost two decades and when this happened to my son, it truly hit home and I knew I had to advocate for my son,” she said.

Tushiminina is the executive director of the Shalupe Foundation, which advocates for women’s and girls’ rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and refugees and immigrants in Massachusetts.

She organizes the annual African Festival of Boston and community workshop using African Arts for Peace as a tool for social change.

“My emotional reaction from what Mireille and Jessaihya experienced was that of sadness,” Calabrese said. “The fact that children would hurt other children, film it, and laugh was beyond hurtful. I was astonished that Jessaihya had the maturity and bravery to speak in front of a group of adults at the meeting. What an incredible kid.”

Calabrese has experienced bullying herself.

“I was bullied relentlessly at school, not ever going into the bathrooms for fear of the girls or their friends being in there, and never joining clubs after school where they could wait for me. I ran home the minute the end of school bell rang to be safe.”

Calabrese said her awful experience in school did teach her some important lessons.

“The experience taught me to be empathetic to others and to always look out for the one person in the room who might be alone and start up a conversation. I was that person for a time in high school and know how isolating it feels,” she said.

Carrie Guerrini, who has lived in Foxboro since 1991 and raised three sons, also saw the Facebook post and prepared a gift basket and card for Jessaihya.

“My first reaction was anger,” she said. “As a mother, I would never want this to happen to my child. Immediately after that, I felt sad knowing that somebody had to go through this and now has to cope with the fear of pain and embarrassment because this was released over social media.”

Guerrini wanted to let him know there are people in his corner and he can find strength in that.

“This was also a teachable moment for me,” she said. “I showed my boys the video and as we discussed it, it opened up good conversations, questions, and opinions. They saw me reaching out buying the gifts and I believe that they were inspired. Hopefully, they will choose to show kindness as well.”

Guerrini also bought a bottle of wine for the mother “because as a mom I think this might be a good time for her to enjoy it.”

Jessaihya had a phone in his one hand and was eating chips when the assault occurred.

He said he was not expecting to be attacked by teens he thought were his friends.

“I put the hand in a bag of chips that’s when they did the first push and they attacked me,” Jessaihya said, but adding, “I am feeling so much better.”

His mother didn’t know his story would spread so far.

“If it was not this unfortunate incident I would have never ever known people in Foxboro and gained new friends,” she said. “The fact that people heard the news and acted upon it and reached out with kind words, gifts, and support shows there are still some good people out there.”

She added, “This random act of kindness to a stranger shows we can all still live and make the better world together.”

Random Acts of Kindness: Buying a stranger's groceries

KARE 11's Alicia Lewis and Cub Foods teamed up to buy groceries for some unsuspecting shoppers.

Author: Alicia Lewis

Published: 9:39 AM CST February 11, 2019

Updated: 10:02 AM CST February 11, 2019

CRYSTAL, Minn — Random Acts of Kindness Week is here, and we wanted to spread kindness to as many people as we could. 

We decided to go to the Cub Foods store in Crystal and not only help people bag groceries, but also pay for people's groceries as well.

People were genuinely shocked! One woman told us she wasn't sure she could afford groceries this week. She was brought to tears after we told her she didn't have to worry about that this week. 

Some people even paid it forward by buying groceries for a local food pantry.

After receiving his groceries for free, a man pays it forward by purchasing food for a local pantry.

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We're hoping our random acts of kindness will encourage others to pay it forward. Let us know how you're spreading the love on social media using #sunrisers! 

Georgetown Lions Club participates in 2nd random act of kindness in series

Back row: Lion Jack Ruck and Stacey Low. Front Row: Ryder Burke, Jack Parker, Violet Parker, Jensen Low and Calihan Low get ready to enjoy their Happy Meals. - Georgetown Lions Club/photo

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The Georgetown Lions Club participated in its second random act of kindness in a series that will be running until May, and local residents were lovin' it.

On Jan. 26, the Lions distributed 121 gift coupons for Happy Meals to customers, with the help of staff at Georgetown McDonald's.

“We are very pleased to work with Tim and Casey O’Connor, the owners of McDonald's, to put a smile on the faces of both parents and children today,” said Lion Al Watt, team leader of Random Act of Kindness Act 2.

Stacey Low was one resident to receive coupons from the Lions for her children and their friends.

“What a wonderful gesture of kindness from the Lions Club. Thank you so much you made my day," she told them.

This act follows the inaugural of the series, which took place in December. The Lions provided gift cards to Links2Care to help families during the holidays.

The Lions will continue to participate in one act of kindness each month until May.

Random Acts of Kindness: Breakfast benefactor a thoughtful, caring gentleman

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We, along with a widowed friend, finished a wonderful breakfast at Eat’n Park in Ross and, to our amazement, the waitress said our bill, including tip, was already paid.

She would not disclose the person, but she did say “he” did not want to be recognized. I asked if she would please convey our thanks, and I promised we would not look. She said “he” had left the restaurant.

“Mr. He,” our world is blessed to have you. Your generosity revealed a truly kind, thoughtful and caring gentleman.

DORIS and JACK SIMICH

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Homeless good Samaritan rewarded for act of kindness with NFL playoff tickets

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Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman rewarded a homeless man Saturday who helped the player get his car out of the snow before his game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Jeff Allen, a backup guard, wrote on Twitter he got stuck in the snow before the game. Allen got to the playoff game, in which the Chiefs defeated the Colts, 31-13.

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“My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player,” Allen wrote on Twitter. “I want to give him tickets to the AFC championship game for helping but don’t have a way to contact him. He drove a 97 or 98 Black Suburban.”

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Allen was able to track the man down, who was identified as Dave Cochran, and gave him the tickets to next week’s AFC Championship against the New England Patriots.

Cochran talked to KSHB-TV and told the station he didn’t realize Allen played for the Chiefs.

“After I got done helping him, he told me he was a Chiefs player,” he said. “I didn’t look at him as no Chiefs player. I just looked at him as a normal person. I would hope that he’d do the same for me as I did for him.”

Cohran, who told the station he had hit a bit of a rough patch and that he lives in his car with his girlfriend and their dog, said he didn’t expect anything out of helping Allen.

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“It’s like a dream come true. I’d seen the message this morning. And I’m not even gonna fake with you. Call me soft if you want to home boys, but I started bawling,” he said.

Bradford man donates $5,000 worth of food in random act of kindness

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Santa Claus may live in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

In a random act of generosity, local resident Clay Alarie donated more than $5,000 worth of food for the South Simcoe police Cram a Cruiser drive for the Helping Hand Food Bank, bringing tears to the eyes of police officers, volunteers and Zehrs employees running the event.

“The whole spirit was amazing. I think Santa Claus is already here in Zehrs,” said Special Const. Elisabeth Aschwanden, who accepted the donations from Alarie for Cram a Cruiser.

“It was such an amazing day. A lot of us had tears.”

It all began the morning of Dec. 15, when Alarie was running errands around town. He said he spotted the flashing lights of a South Simcoe police cruiser at Zehrs and decided to check it out.

Aschwanden was there collecting monetary and food donations, and Alarie donated $100 cash.

He left before deciding to go back and make an even larger donation.

“(I thought), ‘I have a lot of wants in my life, but they’re not needs. Other people have needs that (trump) my needs. Here I am in a position to help a lot of people,’” he said.

Alarie runs a company that oversees the building of high-rise towers in downtown Toronto and is doing well financially, he said, but that was not always the case.

“In my lifetime, I’ve gone through some really low points. My mother raised three boys on her own. Meals were very slim and hard to come by. (Later on in life, I remember) picking mould off old stale bread, toasting it and putting mustard on it,” he said.

As a single dad for the last 21 years, he said he was not always able to give his own son a lot at Christmastime.

Now that he is in a better financial situation, he can help families have a better Christmas with food on the table and gifts under the tree.

Alarie usually organizes large toy drives through his company, but was unable to do that this year due to caring for an ailing relative, so he said he decided to get involved in other ways.

At Zehrs in BWG, he went with grocery store staff and Aschwanden into the warehouse to pick out enough food and hygiene items — everything from chocolate pudding cups, peanut butter, applesauce and cereal, to shampoo and diapers — plus some Joe Fresh pyjamas, to cram seven South Simcoe police cruisers from floor to ceiling.

The largest donation the Cram a Cruiser food drive has ever previously received is one shopping cart full of items, said Aschwanden.

“Growing up, my mother really had a tough time as well,” she said, adding Alarie asked her what she always wanted to have as a kid but never could, before buying a bunch of that item for donation.

“Hot chocolate — that was never in our household.”

It took four hours to select all the items and ring them through a cash register.

During that time, Alarie received a phone call of thanks from South Simcoe Police Chief Andrew Fletcher, and curious onlookers donated money and food — sometimes right out of their own grocery carts while loading up their cars, Aschwanden said.

When everything was paid for, Alarie joined police officers and volunteers on a drive to deliver the items to the food bank.

“We had this convoy of police cars driving through town,” Aschwanden said.

Looking back at the day, Alarie said he did not make the donation for publicity, rather to put some good into the world.

“We all have a heart. The world’s not perfect. We can make it a little bit better. Just to watch the rest of the community get more involved because they saw one person reach out (was the best part),” he said.

“Christmas is a time for giving and remembering what really matters. It was the magic of the season.”

Random Acts of Kindness: Quick-thinking stranger proves to be lifesaver

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Someone saved my life — and I do not know who. I would like to express my gratitude.

About 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, I got off the 71B bus on Fifth Avenue at Tennyson Street in Oakland. As I got to the pavement, I lost my balance and fell. Somebody reached down quickly and yanked me up onto the sidewalk. I thought, “Whoa, not so fast! I am an old person.” After I was up, he asked, “Are you OK?” And when I said yes, he was gone.

Only days later did I realize that the bus driver could not have seen me lying on the ground. He was waiting for the light to turn green and drive on. If not for the quick action of a good Samaritan, I would have been squashed under the bus.

I injured my hand, my knee and bruised my face. My glasses got bent out of shape, but I am alive and wish I could say thank you to a quick thinker who saved my life.

EDITH BELL

Highland Park

Compassionate Good Samaritan gives comfort amid loss

I would like to express my gratitude to the young father who was pushing a baby stroller on Reynolds Avenue in front of Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic the morning of Oct. 26.

I was struggling — through tears — to take my darling cat out of my car after he suffered, without warning, a fatal medical event. The gentleman was so kind. He retrieved my purse from the car and put it on my arm and secured my car. He said how sorry he was.

I hope I said thank you. I am saying it now. That young man had no way of knowing what a comfort my kitty was to me while mourning the loss of my own child, and I have no doubt that he is a terrific dad.

REBECCA WALLACE

North Shore

Those who returned lost wallet are true blessing 

My many thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the kind person who spotted my wallet sitting at an ATM and handed it over to the Bellevue Police Department.

Upon arriving in town on the morning I lost it, I realized I didn’t have time to go back to where I had left it — which led to a mini- panic when I got to work. I called everywhere I could think of, hoping it would be quickly turned in.

My hopes and prayers were answered when a Bellevue police officer promptly called back after I made an earlier report of the loss. After some back-and-forth calling, I was able to retrieve my wallet a mere two days after I’d absentmindedly walked away after using an ATM.

What a relief and a blessing the good Samaritan and the police officer were to me.