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School Supplies Instead of Wedding Gifts

Most soon-to-be-married couples ask wedding guests for dishes, towels, and other household items. Kelli Cameron and her fiance requested school supplies.

Kelli, a first-grade teacher, created a registry on Amazon. The only things listed were pens and pencils, backpacks and notebooks, and other back-to-school necessities.

At their wedding, the superhero duo filled several carts with supplies to donate to a local school.

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Haircuts for the Homeless

Katie Steller is a hair stylist. She can be found behind a salon chair daily, working magic on her customers’ heads at her hair studio.

At least once a week, Steller takes her red salon chair on the road and offers her services to the homeless in Minneapolis.

Steller says she doesn’t know how to end homelessness, but she’s doing her part, one snip at a time.

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Dyslexic Woman Performs Storytime in Costume for Sick Kids and Overcomes Her Fear of Reading Aloud

Rachel Oehlert, 24, has always had trouble reading. Diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, she suffered from anxiety, especially when reading aloud.

Oehlert has turned fear into a superpower. Today, she dresses as Belle, a character from “Beauty and the Beast” and reads confidently at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and Brent’s Place, care facilities for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Secret Millionaire Pays for 33 Strangers to go to College

Dale Schroeder was a simple man. The frugal Iowa carpenter worked hard, carried a sack lunch, and put as much of his paycheck in the bank as he could.

When Schroeder died in 2005, he left behind a rusty truck, two pair of jeans, and 3 million dollars. The money came with instructions for use. It was to go to hometown youth, and only be used to send them to college.

Schroeder’s gift has enabled 33 Iowans to graduate from college.

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12-Year-Old-Boy Designs Bow Ties for Shelter Dogs to Give Them a Leg Up

Darius Brown loves dogs and bow ties. The 12-year-old New Jersey youth is using his passions to help shelter dogs find forever homes.

Brown, touched by the devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, came up with an idea to dress displaced dogs and cats in his bow ties for their adoption pictures.

Brown creates his own designs and then donates his bow ties to ASPCA and shelters around the country.

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7-Year-Old Kansas Boy Delivers 15,000 Flowers to Nursing Home Residents

When 7-year-old Oliver Davis began dressing as a police officer, he decided to fill the role by helping people. He started by picking up flowers and giving them away to residents at his grandmother’s nursing home in Kansas.

Now, two years later, Davis spends a few hours gifting flowers and hugs each week and estimates he’s handed out more than 15,000 flowers this year.

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Strangers Come Together to Paint Piano Crosswalk

Rochester, N.Y. resident Richard Glaser saw a Facebook post featuring a photo of a crosswalk in California that was painted to resemble a piano keyboard.

The community activist picked up street paint, contacted a local artist, and put the word out that he was looking for volunteers for a painting project.

It worked! Seventy-five strangers showed up to the front of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music to paint giant keyboard crosswalks that are now the talk of the town.

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Teen Bakes to Give to the Homeless

Michael Platt is helping the less fortunate one recipe at a time.

The 13-year-old Maryland boy, a former contestant on Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” is using his talents and love of cupcakes to treat those less fortunate. For every sweet purchased, Platt donates another to the hungry and homeless. Platt also teaches baking classes and donates proceeds to feeding homeless children.

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Teacher Gives Student Shoes Off His Own Feet for Graduation

Graduation ceremonies come with a jumble of emotions. One Virginia fifth grader’s potential disaster turned into a happy memory thanks to the kindness of a teacher.

When a student’s shoe broke moments before he was to walk across the stage, Vohn Lewis came to the rescue. Lewis, a substitute teacher, removed his shoes and gave them to the soon-to-be sixth grader so he could accept his diploma.

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Students Get School Credits for Helping with Yard Work

The Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa, gave kids a unique way to earn P.E. credits. One of those optional activities was doing yard work.

Instead of sweating it out in the gym, students cut grass, cleaned gutters, and pulled weeds. Outdoor tasks were completed on a volunteer basis for the elderly and disabled, giving kids a chance to help their community.

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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.