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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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A 15-year-old brightens the lives of nursing home residents

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May 22, 2020

Hita Gupta has been visiting elders in a Pennsylvania nursing home since last year. When the facility’s doors closed to outsiders, Gupta found a new way to contribute.

Gupta makes and sends goodie bags filled with puzzles, coloring books, and colored pencils. Along with the activities, Gupta adds a handwritten note.

To date, Gupta and her 9-year-old brother have delivered boxes to more than 23 nursing homes in the Philadelphia area.

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Retired farmer donated N95 mask and is awarded thank you and a diploma

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May 15, 2020

When his father died suddenly in 1971, Dennis Ruhnke left college two credits shy of graduating. Instead of collecting a diploma, the Kansas native returned home to run the family farm.

Ruhnke, now 73, found N95 respirators in his grain bin recently and sent a mask and letter to Mark Cuomo, governor of New York. Ruhnke asked the mask go to a first responder in need.

Some 50 years after leaving college, Ruhnke received his degree in return for his kindness. In a private ceremony, Ruhnke accepted the diploma and asked others to “always pay it forward.”

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Nine-year-old uses birthday gift to help others

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May 8, 2020

To mark Nicholas Lane’s ninth birthday, his grandparents gave him a gift card. Instead of spending on himself, the Massachusettes boy gave the money to a local food pantry.

Inspired by his deed, Lane’s mother posted the boy’s story to Facebook, challenging others to help.

Facebookers stepped up with $1,300, and money continues to come in.

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Good Samaritans are stocking Little Free Libraries with necessities

Securing a roll of toilet paper or disinfectant is challenging these days. Communities are coming together to make sure everyone has enough.

Little Free Libraries, the honor-system book houses that sit at the end of driveways across the country, are now also a source of hope.

Anonymous donors are filling the shelves with more than books. Keepers of the small, free libraries are seeing donations of dry goods, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and canned foods.

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Iowa woman creates ‘giving tree’ to donate handmade masks

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May 1, 2020

When an Iowa hospital sent out a request for handsewn masks for health care workers, Deb Siggins got busy. The crafter gave more than 100 masks to the hospital.

Today, Siggins focuses her energy on making sure residents in her community have access to face coverings. Daily, she hangs her work for the taking on a pine tree outside her home.

Siggins has sewn more than 400 masks and continues to work behind her sewing machine daily.

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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.