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Artist donates 1,800 paintings to hospital workers

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August 7, 2020

Michael Gittes is a Los Angeles artist whose work has been shown in art galleries and museums around the globe. When the pandemic hit, he wanted to do something to show his appreciation for healthcare workers.

Gittes filled a truck with 1,800 paintings and then delivered his work to one of COVID’s hardest-hit hospitals in Brooklyn, NY. The artwork was then distributed to each and every hospital employee.

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Group donates shoes every month to troops overseas

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July 31, 2020

In 2018, Deborah Hausladen got a call from her son who was deployed to Afghanistan. He wanted a pair of sneakers.

Hausladen, suddenly aware that soldiers are not provided with shoes, began a nonprofit called Sneakers for Soldiers. Each month, shoes are chosen for individual soldiers and shipped all over the world.

Today, Hausladen’s group sends more than 300 pairs of sneakers to active duty soldiers.

*Picture c/o Deborah Hausladen/Sneakers for Soldiers

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University students grow food for the homeless

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July 24, 2020

When students at George Washington University started the GroW Garden, the intent was to learn about agriculture. More than 11 years into the project, the academics are growing food to feed the homeless.

The Washington, D.C. students seed, water, weed, and then pick produce that goes directly to Miriam’s Kitchen, a group that works to end homelessness. The fresh vegetables are also distributed at a local church and to the on-campus food pantry.

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Bus driver graduates college with push from high school students

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July 10, 2020

Clayton Ward comes from a family of bus drivers. His parents and grandfather drove bus . Though he didn’t want to continue the tradition, he also found himself behind the wheel after quitting college.

During his bus routes, the Massacussetes man would share his love of history with high school students. Inspired, the students encouraged him to return to college.

And that’s just what Ward did. He drove bus during the day and took college courses at night.

Ward graduated with a 4.0 GPA and has plans to continue his education and become a history teacher.

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Wisconsin mail carrier honored by community

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July 3, 2020

Mail carriers are essential workers whose contribution often goes unnoticed. In Altoona, WI, the community pulled together to show their love to one local mailwoman.

Ellen Olson has been walking and driving the same mail route for more than two years. Residents say she goes above and beyond her job description, and they wanted to show their appreciation.

The neighborhood erected signs, hung balloons, and placed gifts at their mailboxes for the local post office employee. The grand gesture of support brought tears to Olson’s eyes and a new appreciation for her community.

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School librarian uses a drone to deliver books

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June 26, 2020

When coronavirus concerns closed library doors, one Virginian went to great lengths to keep kids reading.

Kelly Passek is a school librarian. Eager to get books into kids’ hands, she partnered with Wing, a drone delivery service founded by Google’s parent company Alphabet.

The drone buzzes around a four-mile radius of the library, dropping off books to school students.

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NY teen gifted car and scholarship for cleaning up after protesters

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June 19, 2020

Dishearted by the damage left behind from marchers protesting the killing of George Floyd, 18-year-old Antony Gwynn Jr. worked alone to clean the streets.

Gwynn was a peaceful protester in Buffalo, NY. He was shocked to see the state of his hometown the morning after the protests. For 10 hours, the teen worked solo to repair damage and sweep up broken glass.

When word of his action spread, Gwynn was gifted a car and a full scholarship to college for his kind actions.

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7-year-old throws social distancing prom for his babysitter

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June 12, 2020

When Rachel Chapman’s prom was canceled over coronavirus concerns, she was devastated. It is but one of many events the North Carolina student will miss out on during her senior year.

Curtis Rogers, the 7-year-old Chapman babysits, surprised her with a mini prom. With help from his mother, Curtis donned a suit, picked out a menu, and hosted a social distancing prom in his back yard.

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Texas principal drives 1,500 miles to hand-deliver diplomas

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June 5, 2020

A Dallas principal lived one of his school’s core principles to “ignite joy” by driving to the homes of each of his 240 senior students.

Dr. Scott Rudes spent 10 days on the road in his own vehicle, hand-delivering diplomas to graduates.

In a message to seniors, Rudes said, “Whatever presents in life, find the opportunity with that and run with it.”

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