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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

Catastrophic floods devastated southern Louisiana in August 2016. A woman was shopping for basic needs at a nearby Walmart. When the man checking out behind her asked if she was shopping for flood victims, the woman heartbreakingly replied that she lost everything in the flood. 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. 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. He 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.

 

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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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Don’t Look the Other Way

 

All too often, we choose to ignore the hardship of others. But not George Hill. When the Utah Jazz point guard came across a couple homeless men on a street, instead of looking the other way, he decided to do something. After walking to a nearby Wendy’s, he brought back burgers, fries, and water bottles for these men. Not stopping there, he then sat down for a rewarding conversation. George, you have reminded us to pay attention to those who need us most.

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Can I Help You With Anything

 

Positive change starts with small acts of kindness. When Joe, a math tutor in the UK, decided he wanted to do something nice for strangers, he started walking around London asking: “Can I help you with anything?” Joe’s good deeds ranged from paying bus fares to holding umbrellas. And while he was rejected at times, he never stopped trying to brighten people’s days. In an inspirational video for Kindness.org, watch Joe prove that one person can make a difference.

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness

 

 

 

Felice Raucci, a breast cancer patient, was shopping with her daughter Amy when they were surprised by a stranger’s act of kindness. Felice and Amy were shopping at Kohl’s for field hockey gear. Felice noticed that Amy picked up all-pink gear. Felice was confused because she knows her daughter is not too fond of pink, and she asked Amy why she chose that gear. Amy replied that she wanted to support breast cancer awareness month. Felice told Amy she could only get one of the items she picked up, so Amy chose one and put the rest down. A woman who overheard the conversation asked Felice if someone in her family had breast cancer, and Felice explained that she did. Shortly after their conversation, the stranger gave Amy a gift card and told her to buy the other items. The woman then disappeared. This woman’s generosity shows us that when we do a kind act, the receiver does not always have to know who we are.

 

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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.