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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Kids Drive Themselves into Surgery

Surgery is stressful at any age, and it’s especially tough when you’re a kid. One California hospital is fulfilling dreams while completing successful procedures.

Doctors Medical Center puts kids in mini cars to drive themselves into the operating room. The move alleviates stress for the kids and puts smiles on the faces of doctors and families.

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High School Senior Earns Diploma Alongside His 91-year-old Grandfather

Pete Sabedra, 91, left high school eight decades ago to help support his family after his father died. The then eighth-grader lacked education, but not gumption. Sabedra took a job on the railroad and then enlisted in the military.

Following his retirement in 1985, the World War II veteran began studying for his GED. He’s now earned that honor alongside his grandson, Kace, who graduates from the same Pennsylvania high school, both members of the class of 2019.

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Girl Saves Best Friend One Day After Learning Heimlich Maneuver

Third-grader Shailyn Ryan learned the Heimlich maneuver in school and was able to put her skills to the test the following day, saving her best friend’s life.

Ryan was having lunch with Keira Silvia at their school in Massachusetts when Silvia’s face turned red as she began to choke on a hot dog. Ryan jumped into action and began performing the Heimlich maneuver she’d learned only 24 hours prior.

Thanks to her friend’s quick thinking and new skills, Silvia survived.

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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.