Video of little boy helping elderly woman struggling to walk up steps goes viral

This touching story is thanks to Caitlin O'Kane of CBS NEWS

When an 8-year-old boy in Milledgeville, Georgia, saw a woman struggling to get up some steps, he didn't hesitate to jump in and help.

Maurice Adams Jr. was with his mother when he saw the woman with her walker. He ran up the steps, put an arm around the woman, and helped her pick up her walker. The two made it up the steps with teamwork, and celebrated with a big hug.

After saying goodbye to the woman, Maurice ran back down the steps and hopped in his mom's car. His mom, Contrica Hill, didn't know it at the time, but a stranger was filming her son's good deed. 

To continue reading please follow this link:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/video-of-little-boy-helping-elderly-woman-struggling-to-walk-up-steps-goes-viral/

Girls raise money for South Coast pet oxygen masks

This wonderful story is bought to us by by Ashley Cullinane of NBC 10 NEWS

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WJAR) — Two young girls are being praised by local fire departments for the efforts they made to help save pets' lives. Charlotte Roy and Kamiree Henicke, both 10, raised $527 at South Coast Lemonade Day selling lemonade, bath bombs and other items.

"When they discovered that over 40,000 pets die from smoke inhalation a year, they decided to do something about it," Henicke's mother, Tanya Cavalcanti, said. "The Fairhaven firefighters came out and had just used a mask on a cat the week prior. They hope to fill all the South Coast firetrucks and EMS trucks with masks." 

To continue reading the rest of this warm story, 

http://turnto10.com/news/local/girls-raise-money-for-south-coast-pet-oxygen-masks

 

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Keep watching the sky --- Charles Rogerson, Alameda CA

Saw your excellent list of acts of kindness. I'd like to add another:
Get a smile from one stranger every day.

This is harder than you might think. Some people will not return a smile.
At our church we are trying to intentionally build community (aka 'The Kingdom of God') and this is one of the things I do.

I also just finished leading a 5-week Lenten class called ‘Civil Disagreement - Can't We Just Talk?’, on how to build civil discourse.
Cheers!
Charles Rogerson
Alameda CA

Keep watching the sky

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Gentleman calls attention to money on floor in restaurant.

March, 2018.  "After eating and getting ready to leave a well know restaurant in Fort Stockton, Tx. a gentleman called my attention to some money that my friend had dropped on the floor. There was a $100 bill and a $1 bill on the floor. We were finished paying and going out the door when this kind man let me know about the money. How wonderful was that??"  Vicki M.  Thank you for sharing this wonderful Random Act of Kindness!

Galveston teen receives sweet surprise after act of kindness goes viral

Author: Janelle Bludau.  LA MARQUE, Texas - Her kind gesture went viral on social media, and on Thursday, it was returned with a big surprise for one Galveston teen caught in the act cutting up food for her customer at a Waffle House in La Marque.

Hoping to save up for college, 18-year-old Evoni Williams tallies her tips at the end of every shift.  She was working towards her higher education that busy Saturday morning when she met Adrien.“He was like, 'My hands are not functioning too well.' He needed me to cut his food. And I did," Williams said.  Having trouble cutting up his meat, the 78-year-old asked for help.“My hands are not up to par. If I want to cut my meat, I look like I'm stabbing it," Adrien Charpentier said.  Of course she said yes, but what the two didn’t know is they were being watched by another customer.  “It was so busy in here, and she actually took the time to stop and hear what he had to say instead of walking past him. That just meant something to me," Laura Wolf said.  Laura Wolf snapped this photo in the middle of that moment.  “They got a fancy picture of my suspenders in the back," Charpentier said.  But what no one expected was what happened.  If you would like to read the rest of this wonderful story, please click link:  http://www.khou.com/article/news/investigations/stands-for-houston/galveston-teen-receives-sweet-surprise-after-act-of-kindness-goes-viral/285-527028420

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'This Changes My Life.' Woman Raises $250,000 for Homeless Man Who Helped Her When She Ran Out of Gas

This story is thanks to,  Tara John of TIME

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A New Jersey woman has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for a homeless man who helped her when she ran out of gas on a highway last month.

Kate McClure, 27, was driving into Philadelphia in Oct. when she ran out of gas around 11pm on the Interstate 95. ” My heart was beating out of my chest” McClure wrote on her GoFundMe page.

A man she called “Johnny” came up to her car, told her to lock her doors, and spent his last $20 to buy her gas. “Johnny did not ask me for a dollar, and I couldn’t repay him at that moment because I didn’t have any cash” McClure, who works for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, writes.

To read the rest of this heart warming story please follow this link: http://time.com/5036385/kate-mcclure-gofundme-homeless-man/

Jarrett Allen goes Thanksgiving shopping for 25 Queens kids ... and himself

This story is thanks to, Bryan Fonseca  @BryanFonsecaNY 

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Jarrett Allen, 6’11” NBA center, is barely 19-years-old. However, the rookie drafted by the Netsin the first round of this year’s NBA Draft is already leaving his imprint on those younger than him in the New York City community.

Back in September, Allen gave out free haircuts in Brooklyn, and on Monday he partnered with Key Food and visited Jackson Heights in Queens to help 25 middle schoolers from Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities do some last minute Thanksgiving shopping. Rather than handing out turkeys, long a great holiday tradition, Allen gave each of them a $70 budget, a shopping list and a cart.

To continue reading this amazing story please follow this link: https://www.netsdaily.com/2017/11/21/16684294/allen-goes-thanksgiving-shopping-for-25-queens-kids-and-himself

 

5 For Good - Maine Child Battling Terminal Cancer Celebrates Christmas

A Maine boy battling cancer celebrated Christmas early this weekend. This is likely Jacob's last holiday season and people from around the world are helping to make his final days as happy as possible.

He and his family celebrated Christmas, with Santa and Mrs. Claus, on Sunday inside the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

"We would like to thank our friends and family who jumped in to make this a special day we will remember for the rest of our lives," his family wrote on Facebook. We are so thankful you could be there with us. And to everyone, thank you for joining us on this journey. We will be sharing more later today and tomorrow, but for now, Merry Christmas!"

To celebrate the holidays early, the 9-year-old boy has asked for Christmas cards.

People have responded, sending tens of thousands of cards to the hospital.

Last week, a caravan of police squad cars from across New England drove past the hospital to show support for Jacob and other patients.

He has battled neuroblastoma since February 2014. The cancer has reached stage 4.
If you want to send Jacob a card, it can be mailed to:

Jacob Thompson
c/o Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center

22 Bramhall St.

Portland, Maine 04102

http://www.wcvb.com/article/maine-boy-battling-terminal-cancer-celebrates-christmas/13528943

 

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Two Strangers Meet on Social Media to Create Program for Hurricane Victims in US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

 Pam Engle and Sabrina Jureidini met on social media and joined forces to create Adopt-A-Family which is a volunteer organization that collects and ships supplies from donors on the mainland who each receive a wish list from a particular family in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Engle recalled how in the middle of the night she came across a post by Jureidini. "I was just sick and I said, 'We have to do something,'" Engle said. She recalled thinking, "'If we can get 20 or 30 families covered that would be great.'"

But now just weeks later their fledgling organization has sent supplies to more than 26,000 families.

"Everything we have been able to accomplish has been because of the support of our adopters and it's just been everybody getting the word out there, bringing awareness to the island and the need that's down there," Engle said. "We really think that they're making a difference, and it's that personal connection that really makes this unique."

Adopt-a-Family has a staff of 14 volunteers who have all been personally affected by the hurricanes this year.

"They are so just relieved to have that little box, little care package to get them through the week," he explained. "It's huge. Especially the kids and the elderly, these are two groups that we forget about in times of great need." Vernon Araujo, Director of Development at the Family Resource Center in the Virgin Islands explained.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-victims-us-virgin-islands-receive-thousands-boxes/story?id=51109051

 

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Girl Donates Piggy Bank Money to Police Officer with Cancer

Many kids save their piggy bank money to buy themselves treats or a new toy. But one 4-year-old girl in Colorado is using her cash to help a local police officer who is battling cancer. 

Zulauf, an Army veteran and father of three, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 1 1/2 years ago. His police department has been trying to raise the money he needs to pay for an additional surgery.

Sidney has long had a fascination with the police. Her mother, Megan Fahrenbruch, said her daughter visits the police station about once a week and frequently brings the officers treats like candy and cookies. “It all started about two years ago when she saw an officer directing traffic. It was hot outside and she said, ‘He looks thirsty; he needs water,’ and she brought him a bottle of water,’” Fahrenbruch told TODAY.

Because of her weekly visits, Sidney immediately recognized a fundraising poster at the police station that had a photo of Zulauf. She told her mother then and there she wanted to give Zulauf her piggy bank money, about $9 in bills and half a bag of change. “It feels good that she’s so giving. She wanted to save the money for a toy but decided someone needed it more than her," said Fahrenbruch.

"Many of you will recall Sidney (4-years-old), who made national news when Longmont Police Officer Bonday came to her house to search out and remove monsters in her new home," the department said in an accompanying statement. "Today, Sidney was back at the department with a different purpose. She brought the contents of her piggy bank for Officer Bonday to provide to our fundraiser for one of our officers who has been diagnosed with cancer. Words are not available for what this means to us."

Sidney Fahrenbruch said the decision to donate her money to Officer Kyle Zulauf of the Longmont Police Department was an easy one. “It’s the nice thing to do,” she told TODAY.

https://www.today.com/news/girl-donates-piggy-bank-money-police-officer-cancer-t118140

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Ruby Tuesday Employee Walked 10 Hours To Work Everyday Until Moving Surprise From Coworkers

Thanks to a generous Ohio community and his co-workers, Kevan Finley will no longer have to spend 10 hours a day walking to work. The 30-year-old was working as a cook at a Ruby Tuesday near his home in Elucid, Ohio, until it shut down in June. When he had trouble getting a local job that would pay him more than minimum wage, he decided to continue working for the chain restaurant's location in Mentor — 9 miles away.

He was making the 18-mile round-trip trek every day, six days a week since then. "I didn't mind the walk and didn't feel the need to tell anyone at work about it," Finlay told TODAY.

After the restaurant's general manager found out a month ago how he got to work, co-workers took turns driving him home whenever possible. And then, while driving him home one day, waitress Shayla Kathleen found out Finlay had been saving up for a car and studying to get his license.

She told the rest of the staff and together they created a GoFundMe page, which has already raised more than $8,000 for Finlay. As soon as he gets his license, he plans to head straight to Lakeland Auto Credit, where a car will be ready and waiting for him. The owner of the car dealership, Neil Perry, has even offered to donate $1,000 of his own money to go toward the car.

"Up until recently, Kevan had no idea about any of this and when I told him about the GoFundMe," Kathleen said. "His only response was, 'I was simply just going to work."

https://www.today.com/news/co-workers-surprise-cook-who-walked-10-hours-work-new-t104132

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Illinois Police Officer Buys Teen A Gym Membership After Catching Him Trespassing

Pritchett, 28, said he caught Vincent Gonzales, 15, of Chicago, sneaking into the facility three days in a row and gave him verbal warnings on each occasion, even going so far as to explain the liability issue of having a minor in the gym without written permission from a parent or guardian.

"I felt for the kid. He really did just want to play basketball, but it was a policy enforcement issue more than anything," Pritchett told ABC News. "I said, 'If you sneak in again, I'll have to call the cops.'"

Pritchett said he finally made the call to police on August 17 to come "spook him" from trespassing again. Skokie Police Officer Mario Valenti was the one to respond.

"Officer Valenti approached him with a stern and authoritative demeanor and said, 'Hey kid, you know you can't be in here, man, grab your stuff,'" Pritchett said, adding that the teen "looked so startled, with a face like 'I've been caught.'"

Once they arrived at the front desk, Valenti asked Gonzales why he kept sneaking onto the court. The teen admitted that he just wanted to play basketball, but could not afford a membership, Pritchett said.

Valenti pulled out his personal debit card, looked at Pritchett and said, "What will 150 bucks get him?"

Pritchett received the go-ahead from the X-Sport's human resources office to give Gonzales a two-year, all-inclusive membership, and the gym agreed to cover the remaining $718 balance for it.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/illinois-police-officer-buys-teen-gym-membership-catching/story?id=50681125

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UK Restaurant Vows To Help The Homeless

A Manchester restaurant has been praised after launching a project to give all of its leftover food at the end of each day to the north-west city’s homeless.

Bosu Body Bar started the project by leaving brown paper bags of food on the street for homeless people in need.

“When we close the doors for the day, we promise to leave bags outside full of tasty food. If you see anyone on the streets of Manchester or Didsbury who look hungry, let them know where they can find a meal in a bag.” they said.

The bar now plans to expand its project by teaming up with local charities in Manchester to distribute the food each night. They are also encouraging customers to fill a small bag with winter clothes they no longer need and drop it off at one of their restaurants.

“No one should feel cold and lonely this winter, no one should feel hungry,” they added.

“That's why we are launching this project as the winter days approach.

“We will donate all the bags to local charities across Manchester who can help distribute them throughout the night.”

They are encouraging members of the public to “fill a bag with love, fill a bag with hope”.

The food-giving project has been praised, with one responding: “Wonderful idea, kindness will always be appreciated by those in need and congratulated by those with a heart.”

Andria Oz wrote: “I think every business should be doing this! Where is the sense of throwing away food when a few feet away a person is starving??”

Anna-Clare Hillier added: “Wonderful. So simple, so good.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/23/restaurant-wins-praise-act-kindness-help-homeless/

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NFL's Houston Texans Rookie Donates His First Game Check to Cafeteria Employees

 Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first game check to three women who work in the NRG Stadium cafeteria and who were especially affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

"For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to y'all to help y'all out in some type of way," Watson told the women in a video shared by the Texans. "Here you guys go."

He walked into the cafeteria with envelopes wrapped in ribbon and said, "Hopefully, that's good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y'all need, I'm always here to help."

Watson has been on the receiving end of a similar kindness in the past, as he and his family were once recipients of a house built by Habitat for Humanity.

Watson, who has a base salary of $465,000, donated a check for $27,353.

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After Finding Heart-wrenching Note, Neighbor Saves 90-Year-old Woman From Loneliness

Marlene Brooks, who lives in Park Hills, Missouri, found a letter in her mailbox from down the street back in April. The letter read: “Mrs. ? Would you consider being my friend? I’m 90 years old, live alone, and all my friends have passed away. I am so lonesome and scared. Please, I pray for someone.”

The letter had been sent by Wanda Mills, an elderly woman who lived two houses down from 37-year-old Brooks.

Upon reading the heart-wrenching note, Brooks paid a visit to the 90-year-old neighbor – and she now visits Mills four times a week. The result is now a life-changing friendship.

Even though Mills now lives in a nursing home, Brooks stops by for daily visits with her kids and husband for extra company.

Brooks’s relationship with Mills has also spurred her to start Pen Pals For Seniors – an organization dedicated to ending the isolation of lonely elders by pairing them with pen pals.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/finding-heart-wrenching-note-mailbox-neighbor-saves-90-year-old-woman-loneliness/

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Five-Day Caribbean Cruise Turns Into Two Week Rescue Mission For Victims Affected By Hurricane Irma

What started out as a relaxing cruise turned into a rescue mission. Royal Caribbean ended the five-day cruise of The Majesty of the Seas ship one day early and gave the passengers the option of tagging along on its rescue and relief mission while riding out the storm at sea.

According to passenger Robert Mahoney, "We spent you know 16, 17 days together on the sea together and we all got to know each other in an environment, in a really tough environment." He and his wife were part of a group of around 70 passengers who stayed on board the ship after the crew announced their plans to head to the islands devastated by Irma.

The ship picked up passengers in Saint Martin and Saint Thomas and what's usually a party boat turned into a floating shelter housing hundreds of people.

Royal Caribbean chairman and CEO Richard Fain was touched by how many of the passengers stayed on board. Fain explains that "they would talk to them they would help them, they wanted to help us distribute supplies and so we were actually a little surprised but quite pleased. Sometimes disaster brings out the best and sometimes the worst -- here I think we saw the best in so many people." 

"I would do it again tomorrow. If there is anything I can do to help somebody, you know talk to somebody, bring somebody back from the lowest of low, would be my absolute pleasure" Mahoney said. The inspired passenger explains that he "saw people get off the ship the next day and they were almost whole again within 24 hours."

The cruise ship passengers have now return home.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-irma-cruise-ship-passengers-return-home-after-relief-effort/

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Florida Couple Fleeing Irma Touched by Tennessee Manager's Act of Kindness

A Tennessee restaurant manager's Tallahassee connection and a chance encounter with a stranded Florida couple fleeing Hurricane Irma led to a random act of kindness none of the three will soon forget.

Deanna Feist and her husband extended their stay in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to avoid the storm back home in Brandon, a Tampa Bay suburb.

When the couple headed to lunch at the Old Mill restaurant, their car's engine suddenly wouldn't respond. The manager gave their car a jump start, got them seated in the restaurant and when they were through with their lunch, told them it was on the house.

The manager, Mo Tamaddoni, has a brother in Tallahassee — who turned out fine after the storm — and wrote that he was "saddened" by the devastation in Florida.

He left the couple $200 cash for a car battery, a free-meal voucher — and a letter that read:

"Hello,
You are probably here to escape the hurricane Irma.
My brother lives in Tallahassee, Fl.
I am saddened to see such devastation in that beautiful state. I hope everything will turn out OK for you guys.
Enclosed please accept my gift to you in case you need to buy a battery for your car.
Also I am enclosing a meal ticket so you come back to eat here.
Good luck and thanks for visiting my restaurant
Mo Tamaddoni
Gen. Mgr."

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/2017/09/12/florida-couple-fleeing-irma-touched-tennessee-restaurant-managers-kindness/657382001/

 

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