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

Topline: 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.

Residents embrace bullied teen with Random Act of Kindness


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.


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

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

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


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.



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


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.


“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.


“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


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.


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.


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.

Toddler doles out hugs to strangers before leaving Atlanta festival with parents

On Saturday, the Sasfy family -- Nick, Stephanie and 2-year-old Jude -- were in Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood for its Chomp and Stomp Festival. "Once we told Jude it's time to go bye bye, He gave every stranger a hug," he said in a Facebook video post that had at least 28 million views as of Tuesday.

In the video, as bluegrass plays in the background and festival-goers relax on the grass, chatting and taking in the scene, Jude can be seen walking around, on a mission to hug as many people as possible. As Jude makes his way around, festival-goers laugh and smile as some are caught off-guard by the toddler. Yet, everyone returns the embrace, smiling, and some even come over to get one, just in case he missed them. "Considering today's climate of division and hatred, we believe that the interest and reactions are attributed to people seeing the positive image of an innocent child hugging complete strangers [who, for the most part, don’t look like him] without judgment and hesitation," Nick Sasfy told ABC News in a statement.

"The comments that have resonated the most with us are those where others have expressed how this video has helped restore some hope in the world or how it has touched, encouraged and uplifted them."

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‘Petal it Forward’ Movement Spreads Smiles Through Random Acts of Kindness


October 24, 2018 

SUPERIOR, Wis.-Creating smiles for no reason at all…that’s what Engwalls and 450 other florists across the nation had in mind Wednesday morning as they participated in the ‘Petal it Forward’ movement.

The movement called for each person to keep a bouquet and give a bouquet to someone else for no reason other than spreading a random act of kindness.

This was Engwalls’ third year participating in the ‘Petal it Forward’ movement. The company gave out approximately 800 bouquets at Essentia Health in Superior Wednesday.

“We’re trying to show people the value of flowers on both the giving and the receiving of flowers and flowers help to create those smiles. It’s putting all those thoughts together, that random act of kindness with flowers,” said Engwalls’ florist Rod Saline.

Engwalls said that people love the idea of giving away flowers for free. They have a tremendous response to the event every year.

The company gave out all 800 bouquets in less than an hour.

Bad day for busy mom, turns around thanks to act of kindness


LUBBOCK, TX - It's not every day that a trip to the grocery store makes someone's day, but that's what happened this weekend at United Supermarket in Lubbock.

It all happened on Monday, when Amber Sparks had all five of her kids with her because of a student holiday. She had errands to run, so they came along with her.

After several stops, the last thing on the list was grocery shopping, and it was just before lunchtime. 

"They were hungry and angry, and it wasn't really pleasant," Amber Park said about her five kids. "They were asking, 'Can we get this? I'm so hungry, I want that.'"

When checking out at the United on 130th Street and Indiana Avenue, Park asked for $40 in cash back. But through the hectic time, the employee never gave her the cash. 

Park got all the way back to her home in Central Lubbock when she realized she didn't get her cash back. 

"I was frustrated because I have all these kids. We just finished running all these errands, and they're ready to be home and stay home," Park said. "I was grouchy and my kids just saw me get kind of feisty on the phone, like, 'What are you going to do make this better?'"

Tyler Connor was the one who answered Park's phone call. 

"When she said she had five kids, and they were all little, I mean, I saw them come into the store. I said, 'I completely understand," Connor said. 

Connor sent another employee all the way to Park's house to hand deliver the $40.

"He gets out of the car, and he's wearing a boot on his foot," said Park. "But he comes over with a big smile on his face and he walks over. And he says, 'Ma'am, I'm so sorry about that. We went ahead and added a $10 gift card for you.'"

Tyler Murphree was the one who delivered the money and the gift card, and he said it's all about United's goal for great customer service. 

"It's more of a personal thing. You don't want to leave a sour taste in someone's mouth," Murphree said. 

For the Park family, this act of kindness was worth way more than just $40.

"It meant a lot because someone heard and cared and you don't always get that," she said.

Park also posted this story on the Nextdoor app and said she received lots of comments and messages about people having similar stories when shopping at United. 

Local Officer Responsible for Mystery Act of Kindness

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Eileen Rinde is singing the praises of a stranger after witnessing an act of kindness.

"I don't know who you are, but you know who you are and the good Lord knows who you are, you did a wonderful thing for those kids," said Eileen Rinde.


She was heading to the Travelodge with her grandson around 8 Monday night, August 27, when saw four young panhandlers on the corner near Cash Wise in Moorhead.

The next morning, she went down to breakfast to find one of the panhandlers in the lobby.

"I asked the clerk, 'Does he work here?' and he said 'No, actually a police officer brought in four young homeless people, paid for their rooms so they could have a warm bed, a hot shower, and a meal for the day,"' she said.

Moorhead police can't confirm who this charitable champion is, but they say it's not uncommon for police officers to drop homeless people or panhandlers off at places they need to go.

It is unusual for them to pay for a night at a hotel.

And those dollars are what's making all the difference, to the kids, and those who witnessed it.

"What you did for those kids will last, they will remember that their whole life long," said Rinde.


New England Patriots team up with Bob’s Discount Furniture and A Bed for Every Child to provide beds for local children in need at Gillette Stadium

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – August 13, 2018 – Bob’s Discount Furniture and the Patriots hosted an incredible event for 200 children in need at Gillette Stadium on Monday, August 13th. The children, ages 8 to 13 from Lynn and Salem, were surprised by the grand unveiling of 200 Bob O Pedic Patriots-themed beds, one bed for each child. In addition to the beds, the children also received new Patriots bedding and pajamas donated by Pajama Program. To continue reading this story please go to:


Boy honored for raising $1,600 for officers wounded in shooting


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FALMOUTH, Mass. —Falmouth police paused Monday to honor a boy who set up a successful lemonade stand to raise money for two wounded officers.

Joe Ledwick, 9, brought his earnings to the police department and presented them to Chief Edward Dunne.

"I got all the money," he told Dunne. "You got all the money? How did you do?" "Pretty good," Ledwick said as he opened the box on a table. "$1,591.09." To continue reading this story please go to:


Easton woman works to support others coping with loss

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We Do Care offers group sessions and outings to connect grieving widows, widowers, and children

Easton, MASS —Heather Bartlett of Brockton recalls her happiest days, spending time with her partner Larry Craffey and playing with their three children on the beach. She said they are her most cherished memories.

"We talk about him and we laugh, and we just try to be happy," Bartlett said.

She said finding joy can be hard. Just over a year ago, Craffey died suddenly of a heart attack. "Somebody that we loved so much just was gone," Bartlett said.

The couple’s daughter Quinn was 4 years old, their twins Hunter and Aurora were 2 years old, and two months after Craffey’s death, Heather found out she was pregnant with their fourth child, Gabriel.

Bartlett said she had trouble finding comfort until she found a friend with a shared experience. Julie Brennan lost her partner in a car accident in 2010. They had a young child and Brennan was pregnant with their second.

"I looked around for young widows groups and they didn't exist," Brennan said. Gradually, Brennan said she was able to connect with women who understood her loss and struggles.

"There were four of us that started, and we would laugh, we would cry, we would talk about raising grieving children," Brennan said.

She decided to start We Do Care just over two years ago. The nonprofit is devoted to bringing widows and widowers together with the mission of fostering empowerment and hope through friendships.

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Hanover mother and son volunteer to help train guide dogs

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HANOVER, Mass. —Mario, Sabba, Rumor and Ragu are all puppies raised in Hanover by a devoted pair. Lisa Bumbalo and her son Collin Wright are volunteer puppy raisers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an organization that trains service dogs for the visually impaired.

"You really try and teach them as much as you can to be respectful dogs," Bumbalo said.

Pat Webber is a regional manager for the organization, she said they depend on volunteers to give their dogs a good foundation. They teach the puppies house manners and basic obedience.

"They give so much of their time and energy," Webber said.

Bumbalo said it’s not easy, requiring “a lot of consistency, a lot of attention and a lot of hard work,” but, she said her son has been committed to training the dogs they’ve taken in from the start.                   

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5 for Good: Boston-based Letters Foundation offers grant to Lawrence teen

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In a conference room on Newbury Street in Boston, a team of volunteers weighs the merits of pleas for help from across the country.

Ilda Montoya said she spends sometimes more than 12 hours a week reading about people’s needs, often after a personal crisis.
"Some individuals start with their childhood and write 18-page to 20-page letters," Montoya said. "It could be anything from an eviction (to) an accident."

The letter readers donate their time and thoughtfulness to the Letters Foundation. The Foundation was established by Warren and Doris Buffett. Warren Buffet is chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is one of the richest men in the world.

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