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Boss Pays Off Employee’s Mortgage

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December 6, 2019

Albert Brigas planned to retire after his mortgage was paid off. The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran had to clear $5,000 to make that happen.

Brigas, an auto mechanic, is a hard-working man that never calls in sick. His boss, Rudy Quinones, thanked Brigas for his loyalty by gifting him with early retirement and paying off his mortgage.

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Stranger Drives National Guard Sergeant 700 Miles for Son’s Birth

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November 29, 2019

Sgt. Seth Craven left Afghanistan excited to see the birth of his son. When storms canceled the last leg of his flight, a stranger stepped in to help.

Charlene Vickers was also on a deadline and heading the same direction. She invited Craven to tag along, and they made the eight-hour journey together.

Caven arrived with time to spare. His son, Cooper, was born the following morning.

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Farmers Save Neighbor’s Crop

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November 22, 2019

With snow falling and weathermen predicting a deep freeze, farmers rushed to save their crops. When one farmer couldn’t finish in time, neighbors stepped in to help.

Up to 50 community members showed up with equipment to help a Hamer, Idaho farmer. The volunteers had been up working for 24 hours, clearing their crops. The emergency harvest was completed in one evening, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of potatoes.

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Blind Teenager Creates Braille Menus for Restaurants

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November 15, 2019

High school senior Mason Fessenden has been blind since birth. The 17-year-old used to rely on family members for assistance when ordering food. Today, he can do it himself, and so can other visually-impaired diners thanks to Fessenden’s kindness.

Fessenden has created braille menus for local California restaurants. Next, he hopes to do translations for nail salons, spas, and clothing stores.

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Man Saves the Life of Child on His Way to Receive an Award

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November 1, 2019

Kenneth O’Brien was on a flight from Japan to Texas. When he noticed a child on the plane was unconscious, he didn’t hesitate to help.

O’Brien performed CPR on the 1-year-old who had choked. With the help of another passenger, O’Brien cleared the child’s airway and saved his life.

A special tactics section chief in the Air Force, O’Brien was on his way to collect an award as one of the Air Force’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

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Teacher Carries Girl With Spina Bifida on His Back

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October 25, 2019

Ryan Neighbors has been in a wheelchair her entire life. The 10-year-old has spina bifida.

When her class scheduled a field trip to an Ohio State Park, Neighbors was left out. The rough terrain would be too difficult to navigate.

That’s when Jim Freeman stepped up. Freeman, a teacher at the school, carried the young girl on his back through the park so she could join the rest of her class.

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Blind Man Engineers Smart Cane that Uses Google Maps

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October 11, 2019

We no longer need to ask for directions. No matter where we’re going, a quick search on Google Maps leads us to our destination. Things are more challenging when you’re sight-impaired.

Kursat Ceylan, a visually-impaired engineer, developed the WeWalk smart cane. Using Bluetooth and a specialized walking stick that syncs with Google Maps, those without sight can now navigate the world using technology.

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WWII Vet Breaks His Own Scuba Diving Record

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October 4, 2019

When Ray Woolley turned 96, he didn’t settle back in his easy chair with a piece of cake. The WWII vet donned scuba gear and plunged into the water.

Woolley has been diving for 59 years. He set a new record with his birthday dive, beating his previous dive by several meters and a few minutes. Woolley hopes to repeat the experience and set the bar a little higher on his 97th birthday.

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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.