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Going Above and Beyond

 

 

You never know what kind of day someone is having. When Arkansas mom Dallas French stopped by the local Olive Garden, she was worried and stressed. Her four-month-old daughter Ellee had recently tested positive for E. coli and she had just spent a difficult day at the hospital. After spilling milk as her screaming daughter refused to eat, Dallas was at wit’s end—until their waiter swooped in to help. “Here,” the kindhearted stranger said, “Let me feed her, and you eat.” Relieved and grateful, Dallas shared this beautiful story of selflessness, love, and understanding.

 

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Don’t Look the Other Way

 

 

All too often, we choose to ignore the hardship of others. But not George Hill. When the Utah Jazz point guard came across a couple homeless men on a street, instead of looking the other way, he decided to do something. After walking to a nearby Wendy’s, he brought back burgers, fries, and water bottles for these men. Not stopping there, he then sat down for a rewarding conversation. George, you have reminded us to pay attention to those who need us most.

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Can I Help You With Anything

 

 

Positive change starts with small acts of kindness. When Joe, a math tutor in the UK, decided he wanted to do something nice for strangers, he started walking around London asking: “Can I help you with anything?” Joe’s good deeds ranged from paying bus fares to holding umbrellas. And while he was rejected at times, he never stopped trying to brighten people’s days. In an inspirational video for Kindness.org, watch Joe prove that one person can make a difference.

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness

 

 

 

 

Felice Raucci, a breast cancer patient, was shopping with her daughter Amy when they were surprised by a stranger’s act of kindness. Felice and Amy were shopping at Kohl’s for field hockey gear. Felice noticed that Amy picked up all-pink gear. Felice was confused because she knows her daughter is not too fond of pink, and she asked Amy why she chose that gear. Amy replied that she wanted to support breast cancer awareness month. Felice told Amy she could only get one of the items she picked up, so Amy chose one and put the rest down. A woman who overheard the conversation asked Felice if someone in her family had breast cancer, and Felice explained that she did. Shortly after their conversation, the stranger gave Amy a gift card and told her to buy the other items. The woman then disappeared. This woman’s generosity shows us that when we do a kind act, the receiver does not always have to know who we are.

 

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Brighten Someone’s Day

 

On October 5th, “National Do Something Nice Day,” six Lakota East High School students from the Edge Teen Center in Liberty Township joined in the holiday spirit. In the weeks prior, the students had been raising money so that they could feed expired meters at the Liberty Center Shopping Mall. Liberty center shoppers and diners were pleased to find that their meters had been extended. The students were happy to give back to their community and brighten someone’s day.

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The Little Things

 

As a mother of twins, simple everyday tasks are often complicated for Coty Vincent. On July 13, Coty walked into an Enterprise Rent a Car balancing her two babies. The Enterprise employee assisting her, John Goodlett, held one of her sons during the rental application process. This allowed Coty to complete the application easily and more comfortably. Coty took a picture of John with her son and explained how much his small gesture meant to her. Although Enterprise did wind up giving Coty a double stroller, the real hero of the story is John, whose small act of kindness and understanding made a big difference.

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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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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.