Hundreds of U.S. Families Become Foster Families to Senior Veterans

When Stewart Breeding’s wife died in 2016, he moved to a nursing home. The Korean War veteran thought he’d spend the rest of his life alone.

Thanks to the Medical Foster Home program started by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Breeding has relocated. This time, he’s moved in with a foster family.

The program, launched in 2008, has found long-term homes for more than 1,000 senior veterans.

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Internet Users Flood Mailbox of 104-Year-Old WWII Vet for Valentine’s Day

A 104-year-old Marine and Purple Heart recipient is an internet sensation.

One of William White’s many admirers started an online campaign. Dubbed “Operation Valentine,” White’s neighbor was hoping the retired major would get a little love for Valentine’s Day.

To date, “Major Bill,” as he’s known on the web, is on the receiving end of more than 70,000 valentines.

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Boy Pays Off Entire School Lunch Debt

A second-grade student presented his school principal with a check for $4,015. It’s enough to pay off the school lunch debt for his school and give money to other schools.

The 8-year old, Keoni Ching, raised funds by making kindness keychains he sold for $5.

One mission accomplished, Keoni is now making keychains to benefit a local children’s hospital.

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Hunters Donate Record Amount of Venison

Fun fact: Many deer hunters donate large quantities of meat to feed those in need.

It’s something you don’t hear about often, but deer hunters feed and clothe the homeless. In Michigan, hunters set a record by giving away more than 58,000 pounds of venison. That’s enough to serve 232,000 meals. Michigan hunters also donated $100,000.

The money and meat go to local food banks, pantries, and shelters to feed the hungry.

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105-Year-Old Donates Secret Fortune

If there was a coupon in the paper, Eva Gordan used it. The Washington State woman graduated high school with honors, but couldn’t afford college. She was determined to help others do so.

When Gordan passed away at 105, college officials were shocked to find checks for $550,000 in their mailboxes. The thrifty Gordan, who squirreled away coupons, was also a wise investor.

In total, 17 colleges received funds to uplift students in need.

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Veterans Make Free Canes for Soldiers From Retired Christmas Trees

Last year’s Christmas trees have found a new purpose.

Veteran Jamie Willis and a team of 60 volunteers take discarded holiday trees and handcraft them into free canes for veterans. Willis then delivers the walking aids to hospitals and homes.

Since 2016, Willis and friends have made more than 200 walking sticks for retired soldiers.

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Nurse Adopts Autistic Man to Help Him Qualify for Heart Transplant

In Georgia, patients are denied organ transplantations when there’s no one to care for them post-surgery.

Jonathan Pinkard, a 27-year-old autistic man, was alone. Living in a homeless shelter, Pinkard did not qualify for the heart he desperately needed because he lacked a support system.

Then came nurse Lori Wood. Wood not only helped care for Pinkard in the ICU but also adopted him, making him eligible for heart surgery.

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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.