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Can We Give Back When We Don’t Have Much?

John Hartman, a homeless man, was searching for food in the garbage and found a woman’s purse with her credentials. Hartman discovered that the woman was from Paris. Instead of taking the contents of the purse for himself, he searched hotels in the area hoping to return the purse to the woman. He hit the jackpot when he walked into the Omni Hotel, which is where the woman was staying. The Omni general manager, Scott Stuckey, was surprised to hear about Mr.Hartman’s committment to return the purse. Stuckey was so touched by this act of kindness that he offered Mr.Hartman a couple complimentary nights at the hotel. John Hartman shows us that even with empty pockets, we can always find a way to give back to our community.

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How Old Do You Have To Be To Make A Change?

 

After shopping at a store in Virginia, six year old Janiyah and her mother Kenyatta came across a man sitting on the floor crying. Janiyah, a curious six year old, wondered why this man was crying and decided to ask him. Janiyah asked, “Are you hot? Why don’t you go home the ground is dirty?” He replied that he had lost his home and his wife in a fire. Janiyah offered the man some money and suggested he go eat at McDonald’s. Janiyah’s small act of kindness has gone viral. The mother/daughter team have also started a GoFundMe campaign, collecting food, water, clothes, and shoes to hand out to people in need.

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Hide And Seek

John Haney is a construction worker building a new wing in a children’s hospital in South Bend, Indiana. While building this new wing he decided to have fun with the kids already in the hospital. To give the kids something to look forward to, John built an 8 foot tall Waldo, from the popular books “Where’s Waldo?.” Waldo is hidden in a different part of the new wing, and the kids are supposed to find it. This gives the kids a chance to have fun in a not so fun situation.

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Making a Difference

Kenzie Hinson is not in high school yet, but she is already making a positive impact on her North Carolina community. She has started her own foundation called Make a Difference Food Pantry. She had little to no help with her cause until Tyson Foods heard about her efforts and awarded her the Meals that Matter Hero citation. In addition to the award, she received a new freezer and twenty thousand dollars. This is a story about a young girl who has changed and inspired the lives of many.

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The Best Graduation Ever

Lucas St. Onge was on the verge of graduating pre-kindergarten in Lowell, Mass., when he became severely ill.  Two diseases he developed meant that he would not be able to attend his graduation. This sad story turned into a happy one thanks to Lucas’s teachers.  They surprised him with his very own personal graduation ceremony at the hospital. Lucas’s mom said his inspiring teachers made him the happiest he’s ever been. Read More Here

Haircuts For the Homeless

On a typical day, Mark Bustos works in an upscale hair salon. He spends his day styling the hair of celebrities and other people.  All his customers have two things in common: they all have hair, and they all can afford haircuts at his elegant salon. Spending his days with celebrities makes Mark feel lucky working with such excellent people. To give back to the community, Mark spends his Sundays walking the streets of New York in search of homeless people who need a makeover.  Mark cuts their hair for free. He believes that these haircuts provide the self-confidence and motivation these people need to improve their lives.  Mark is a loving man who takes pride in helping his homeless neighbors.

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Hats From the Heart

It is wonderful when a member of the younger generation exemplifies kindness and respect. That is exactly what 11 year old Garret has done. Garret wanted to do something nice for kids with cancer and decided to use the knitting skills his grandmother taught him to do so. Originally, Garrett had hoped to make 15 hats for cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital in Colorado, but soon that number multiplied. Kathleen McBride, director of the Association of Volunteers at Children’s Hospital Colorado said, “this donation in particular is very meaningful…it is so powerful for young people to give so generously of themselves for the benefit of their peers.”

Altogether, Garrett has donated 50 hats and hopes that his small gesture will comfort those kids going through chemotherapy. It is truly amazing to see a young person with such an awareness outside of himself. 

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School’s Out For Summer- And Some Of Us Are Not Coming Back

It’s that time of year again… school is out and summer is here. With that excitement, comes a twinge of sadness as some of our favorite teachers leave us for the rest and relaxation of retirement. They have spent countless hours molding our youth into free-thinking adolescents and just for that deserve our respect and recognition.

 

We have all had those teachers who go above and beyond and it is heartwarming to find examples of when that sentiment is returned. Friends and family of the Casey Middle School Staff in Buffalo, New York worked for over a month creating a farewell video for three stalwarts of their community.

 

Enjoy the video here and kick off your summer right!

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Surprises and Smiles

 

Mike Tertsea grew up in a poverty-stricken Benue State, Nigeria where only his mother, Felicia Ikpum, was there to support his dreams and aspirations.  At the age of 14 Mike was given the opportunity to follow his dream and play basketball as an international student for John Carroll School located in Bel Air, Maryland.

His four years went by very quickly in the United States and he had not had a chance to go home to Nigeria in this time. Mike and his basketball talent were profiled in a school article, where the rest of the graduating class learned that he had not seen his mother in 4 years.

Krishan Patel, the student government president, and the rest of the 2016 graduating class decided to surprise Mike by flying in his mom from Nigeria for the graduation ceremony. This kind gesture took Mike completely by surprise as he thought the class had been raising money for a senior lunch.

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“Good deeds always make people happy”

Whether you call them leftovers, doggy-bags or scraps – humans across the globe waste tremendous amounts of food when they go out to eat. Everyday across the world, an incredible amount of food is thrown away at restaurants and eateries. In developing nations where hunger is still a daily issue for many, this dynamic creates a dark juxtaposition between those who can afford to eat out, and those who cannot afford to eat at all. In Kochi, India, this scene is so common that it impelled restaurant owner Minu Pauline to take action.

Pauline, a former CitiBank employee turned restauranteur, opened her successful eatery in Kochi, an Indian metropolis. Situated in a busy part of town where many homeless people congregate, Minu was horrified at the amount of hungry people outside her business and even more horrified at the amount of food she and her patrons were wasting on a daily basis. That is when she came up with Nanmamaram, a Malayalam word for “tree of goodness.” The idea was shockingly simple – Pauline dragged a refrigerator outside her storefront and began filling it with leftovers and unused food that any hungry person could access, free of charge. What followed was a whirlwind of positive energy.

“When it comes to my customers or the public who come here to contribute to the fridge, I can see so much positive energy. Good deeds always make people happy,” she stated to The Epoch Times. Though she stocks the fridge at least twice a day, the fridge can see up to 100 portions a day added by patrons and local good Samaritans.

When asked about the impact of her actions, Pauline responded “There are so many people in the streets who can’t afford it, and when you are wasting your food you are not only wasting your money, but also the resources of the nation. I once read somewhere, ‘Money will be yours but the resource is of the nations.”

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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.