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Woman Gives Kidney to Man Who Helped Rescue Her Daughter

When Becca Bundy’s 1-year-old daughter was having a seizure, it was volunteer firefighter Bill Cox who came to the rescue. Two years later, it was Bundy who answered the call to save the hero fireman.

Mr. Cox was in end-stage renal failure when the two crossed paths again in their Minnesota hometown. After learning of Cox’s condition, Bundy couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say “thank you” in the only way she knew how. After testing, she proved to be a perfect match for Cox and has since donated a healthy kidney to the fireman.

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Deaf Man Rescues Deaf Puppy and Teaches Him Sign Language

Nick Abbot, a 31-year-old Maine resident who was born deaf, fell in love with a six-week-old Florida puppy named Emerson after seeing the dog and his story on Facebook. Emerson had suffered seizures and an infection as a pup, both of which may have led to a hearing impairment.

Feeling a connection to Emerson, Abbot adopted the dog and is teaching him to sign. So far, Emerson has mastered the commands “sit,” “come over” and bark.

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Girl Born Without Hands Wins Handwriting Contest

Sara Hinesley’s beautiful cursive penmanship stood out, and that’s how she took home the Nicholas Maxim Award at the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Even more impressive, 10-year-old Sara must hold a pencil between the ends of her arms to write because she was born without hands.

Sara, who does not use prosthetics, took home $500 in prize money and hopes to inspire other children with disabilities.

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Chipper is a Rescue Dog that Loves to Recycle

Chipper, a social media influencer, is doing his part to help the planet. That’s big news for anyone, but it tends to really make headlines when you’re a dog.

Chipper is an 8-year-old rescue with an affinity for picking up trash. His owner, Katie Pollak, noticed Chipper loved to pick up plastic bottles as a pup, so she encouraged it.

Today, Chipper and Pollak hit the wilderness with trash bags and spend their free time hiking and recycling.

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Short Hand-written Letters Make a Big Difference

While home recovering from surgery, a retired Utah school teacher helped others. Googling for volunteer opportunities, Lisa Arrington-Radulovich stumbled upon a way to give back as she healed. On GirlsLoveMail.com, she penned handwritten letters anonymously to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. One letter turned into two, then three, and then hundreds. Her goal is to hand-write 1,000 letters.

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Man Cycles Around the World with Stray Cat as Companion

 

Dean Nicholson, 31, left his job and home to fulfill a lifelong dream to pedal from country to country. While climbing a steep hill in Bosnia, Nicholson ended up with an unlikely lifelong companion: a stray cat. Nicholson adopted the cat, naming her Nala, after a character from his favorite film in “The Lion King.” Nicholson and Nala now ride as a duo, with the newly adopted cat taking a spot in Nicholson’s bike basket or atop his shoulders. The two have since trekked through Albania and Greece, and have plans to continue touring the world.

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Man Seeks to Ease Boredom for Kids in Hospitals through Bed Sheets

 

After spending a week in the hospital, Charlotte, N.C. resident Kevin Gatlin, learned that hospital stays are not exciting. After watching a friend’s child suffer through long hospital stays, Gatlin vowed to create a space for hospitalized children to flourish.

Gatlin created Playtime Edventures, interactive bed sheets on which educational games can be played by children and their parents while healing in hospitals. The three-piece sheet sets are being used in 10 hospitals across the United States and can be purchased or donated to families online.

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Teamwork Saves the Day and the Dog

 

Thanks to the quick thinking of a good Samaritan and members of the Police and Fire Departments in Monona, WI, a small dog is home safely after falling into icy waters.

A local kayaker spotted the dog after it had fallen through the ice on the Yahara River. After neighbors watching the scene called authorities, teamwork helped bring the dog and the kayaker back to dry land.

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A Helping Hand in the Cold

 

It’s been a brutal winter. The never-ending snow and work that goes with it feels endless this time of year. For most of us, getting up before the sun rises to clear our driveways so we can get to work is a necessary routine. For Natalie Blair of New Jersey, it’s a life or death challenge. Blair is awaiting a kidney transplant and must get dialysis daily to clear toxins from her body. Missing a dialysis session is not an option.

After several inches of snow blanketed Boonton, New Jersey, a team of five teenagers grabbed their shovels and cleaned up Blair’s driveway so she could make it to her 6 am dialysis appointment.

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98-Year Old Woman Still A Treasured Hospital Volunteer

 

In the 1930s, Mary Ellen Owens turned down a role in “Gone with the Wind.” Before that, she was a runway model in New York City. Today, the 98-year-old is busy doing more important things: volunteering. Owens has logged nearly 7,000 hours of volunteer time at Morton Plant Hospital since her husband died 20 years ago.

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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.