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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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Wisconsin creamery giving away free milk

James Baerwold and his family own the Sassy Cow Creamery in Columbus, WI. Home from school with nothing but their imaginations, Baerwold’s daughters brainstormed a way to help their community.

Named the “Kindness Cooler,” the Baerwold’s stock a large cooler many times a day with dairy products that are free for the taking.

The creamery is giving away more than 400 gallons of milk per day.

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Husband loses 70 pounds to donate a kidney to dying wife

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April 24, 2020

Tracy Spraggins needed a kidney. Her husband PJ was a perfect match, but there was a catch.

Doctors told PJ he needed to lower his blood pressure and lose weight to have the life-saving surgery. PJ biked, hit the gym, and counted calories. He checked in with doctors regularly.

PJ lost 70 pounds, lowered his blood pressure, and endured a four-hour surgery. Today, PJ and Tracy are healthy and recovering together at home.

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Tennessee teen pays grocery bill for senior shopper short on cash

When Layne McKeel’s disability check arrived, he drove straight to his local East Tennessee grocery store. Like everyone else, he was only going out for essentials

Elizabeth Taylor, 17, was working that day. She rang up McKeel’s purchases, surprising the senior with a $173 bill. McKeel had just missed senior discount hours. Unable to cover the total, McKeel offered to return some items to store shelves

Without hesitation, Taylor covered his bill in full.

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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.