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A Helping Hand is Always Near

A quick helping hand is all it takes to make a stranger’s day a little easier. Photos of a young woman helping a blind Chicago Cubs fan hail a cab have taken the internet by storm. Yusef Dale, an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, was trying to flag down a cab for several minutes when Casel Spelman, of Indianapolis, chose to be a good samaritan. One photo shows Superman holding onto Dale as she gets a driver’s attention while the other captures the two in a kind hug before they depart. The photos have garnered an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the public and will hopefully inspire others to be kind and give their assistance when needed. Read more here.

Beware: This might be Random Acts of Kindness Week

Who knew?  A non-profit organization exists solely to promote acts of kindness around the world.  This year, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation started a random acts of kindness week. For seven days, a daily challenge proposed doing an act of kindness for a stranger.  The hastag #RAKWEEK17 tracked postings by participants on social media.  Can we double down and keep it going for two weeks?  A year? 

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Did you get – or give – a surprise gift this Valentine’s Day?

On Valentine’s Day this year, one Rocky Mountain Jr. High School student made sure the girls in his school felt “unique and special.”  In order to boost his female schoolmates’ confidence, Tryston Brown gave them all chocolates.  He and his mom Anissa Brown stayed up until 2 a.m. preparing the gifts, hoping to inspire others to do good deeds as well.   Read More Here

Two shaved heads are better than one

Principal Tim Hadley of Pekin Middle School in Packwood, Iowa taught his students a valuable lesson about kindness and compassion.  Student Jackson Johnston had shaved his head to stand in solidarity with his grandfather, Papa Rick, who was battling cancer and enduring chemotherapy. After hearing how classmates teased Jackson for being bald, Principal Hadley addressed the student body about the importance of supporting and caring for others.  The principal then had Jackson shave his head in front of the entire school, backing up his anti-bullying message with real action.  Read More Here

If she can do it…

Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Schofield is completing her bucket list and changing people’s lives worldwide – all while battling terminal cancer.  Over two million people have performed random acts of kindness to participate in her campaign using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.  Ranging from buying coffee for strangers to making charitable donations, countless individuals inspired by Rebecca are learning to cherish the life of others through kindness and giving.  Read More Here

College Kids Return $40,000 Found in Couch

College pals discovered $40,000 stuffed into a used couch they bought at Salvation Army. Like good neighbors, the SUNY New Paltz students didn’t keep the money for themselves. After a search, they tracked down the original owner — a widow who tucked her weekly savings into the cushions. Read More Here

A Piggy Bank’s Purpose

When 7-year old Jack Swanson heard about the vandalization of a local mosque in Pflugerille, Texas, he knew just what to do. After terrorist attacks in Paris made headlines, racial and religious tensions heightened in America, but that did not stop Jack from cracking open his piggy bank to stand up for what he believes in. He donated about $20 to the mosque demonstrating that  no matter how young, you are capable of impacting peoples’ lives.

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A Flood of Kindness

In August of last year, Baton Rouge, Louisiana was devastated by catastrophic floods. At a Walmart 90 miles northwest, in a town called Marksville, a woman was shopping for all of the basic items human beings need—things like toothpaste, shampoo, and shoes. When the man behind her in the checkout line asked if she was sending all of these essentials to help the flood victims, the woman heartbreakingly replied that she was one of those victims who had lost everything. Without hesitation, the kind stranger pulled out his credit card and paid for her purchase.

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The Good Samaritan

When Angela Herceg came across the Facebook post, it seemed too good to be true. A car priced at one dollar? That had “hoax” written all over it. But as a single mother of two children, Angela was desperate enough to take the risk. Lucky for her, the owner, a man from Leduc, Alberta, was a modern day Good Samaritan who wanted to give his spare vehicle—a silver 2002 Intrepid with brand new tires and brakes—to someone who really needed it: a single mother like Angela.

Going Above and Beyond

 

You never know what kind of day someone is having. When Arkansas mom Dallas French stopped by the local Olive Garden, she was worried and stressed. Her four-month-old daughter Ellee had recently tested positive for E. coli and she had just spent a difficult day at the hospital. After spilling milk as her screaming daughter refused to eat, Dallas was at wit’s end—until their waiter swooped in to help. “Here,” the kindhearted stranger said, “Let me feed her, and you eat.” Relieved and grateful, Dallas shared this beautiful story of selflessness, love, and understanding.

 

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Our Mission: Inspiring Our Neighbors

We provide rental housing for over 1,200 people, and our staff believes that housing is the most fundamental of needs. Almost all of our staff lives in our communities, and each morning we are there as residents embark on their day. We expect our residents to pass on to others the good service, good deeds, and acts of kindness we provide every day. Our staff works hard to inspire our residents so that they can inspire others. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, the staff’s deeds spread across our properties, to our neighbors, down our blocks, and into the entire region.