Acts of Kindness

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Re: Good People Doing Good

Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:59 pm

Drumpf has done good things for kids. For four kids to be exact: Eric, Donald, Jr., Ivanka and Tiffany.

And the GoFundMe donations are at $259,071 right now.

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Post by Jim » Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:23 pm

TollandRCR wrote:This is a wonderful story about a kind man and a nice kid.

The problem is that there are hundreds of thousands of Chauncy's. I don't criticize doing good for one kid, but how can we do good for many kids?
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Re: Good People Doing Good

Post by TollandRCR » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:45 pm

Do you think that "one child at a time" is going to furnish all the apartments, stock all the refrigerators, dress every kid, and set up a college fund for each kid? Charity is great; blessings upon on those who are willing to give of their own. But most kids will not be touched. This requires collective action. There is more than enough money to cope with this problem. It is just in greedy hands now.
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Post by Patagoniagirl » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:14 am

Even when you can't do much, do what you can. These are some of the kids in my neck of the woods. They walk seven kilometers each way to catch a bus to school. Mister and I would give them a ride. While this looks unsafe, the maximum speed we can drive on that road is about five miles an hour!

I have Spanish English books for grades K-1- 5th grade. There was rarely a day that one or more would not stop by on their way home, or on Saturdays to read books and have a snack. While it isn't a couple hundred thousand dollars, I hope that small kindnesses might make a difference in a child's life. People can mentor a child, provide school clothes and books.
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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:35 am

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Post by Addie » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:03 pm

I'm thinking about a different thread title. I like this one and I know to look in Social Issues, but if people can't search for it, I should change it. :think:
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Post by listeme » Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:04 pm

People have been unusually generous to us the last few weeks -- maybe the horrid election results have made people want to push back in their own small ways.

Example: we got three turkey dinners, one from my liberal sister, one from my conservative brother, one from a stranger who was looking for someone who needed help. The one from my liberal sister had $50 dollars in it from one of her friends who heard about the layoff.

Verklempt.

I know it's not a big public thing, but I logged in to post it :) Logging out again, because I cannot take the political threads at all yet.

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Post by Addie » Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:12 pm

I'm not posting the pictures. I can't bear it.

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Pictures show starving Bulgarian orphan's incredible transformation after being adopted by US woman

A woman who flew half way round the world to adopt a malnourished Bulgarian orphan after seeing a picture of him on Facebook has shared pictures showing his incredible transformation a year later.

Priscilla Morse, from Tennessee, adopted Ryan Morse when he was seven-years-old and weighed only eight pounds. He was covered in hair as his body tried to save his life by keeping him warm.

Twelve months after Ryan was taken to the US, Mrs Morse shared pictures of what he looks like now on social media. He has grown significantly over the past year and currently weighs 23 pounds.

“The first meeting was pretty scary. He was bones and skin, he literally looked like a skeleton,” Mrs Morse told Inside Edition.
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Post by Addie » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:47 am

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7 million books and counting: One man’s fight for literacy among city’s at-risk kids

It's a Tuesday morning at Rowe Elementary, a charter school on the city's North Side, and in Ms. Voigts' third-grade class, the students are wide-eyed, clinging to the edges of their desks to still themselves. Each kid steps to the front and gets a shiny white plastic bag, then wades back into a moment that builds into a kind of feverish, break-the-pinata pandemonium. The bags are filled with books, not candy, but in an instant they are pulled out, spread across desks, passed with wonder from hand to hand. Kids are no longer using indoor voices: "Ooh, 'STAR WARS' — I love it!" "What did you get?" "I'll trade you …"

Hanging back in the corner near the door is Brian Floriani, a tall, slightly sheepish guy in a baseball cap who is, almost single-handedly, responsible for the uproar. The charity he founded in his North Shore garage seven years ago, Bernie's Book Bank, has now distributed more than 7 million books, and counting, to kids in the Chicago area.

The plan? To deliver 12 books per year, every year to every at-risk child from birth through sixth grade, throughout Chicagoland. Those kids are at Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers and at schools like Rowe, where the percentage of children eligible for free or reduced lunch hovers at around 80 percent.

The numbers represent significant progress in an effort to make a dent in the daunting issue of literacy in at-risk communities, where book ownership boils down to stats like these: In a 2006 study published in the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, middle-income neighborhoods surveyed showed an average of 13 books per child. Low-income communities had approximately 300 children per one book. For Floriani, putting books into kids' hands isn't just a battle to change those numbers: It's a personal quest. ...

He decided to name the charity he had just founded Bernie's Book Bank, after his dad. And once he got started, he became a book delivery juggernaut, at the expense of nearly all else, plugging away at his mission by day, cleaning offices at night. "I was going nonstop," he says. "I had a sickness. But the sickness was that it didn't sit well with me what was going on with these kids. It still doesn't. We have a lot of work to do."
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Post by Addie » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:54 am

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Cops Say Uber Driver Saved Passenger, 16, from Sex Trafficking: ‘I Knew What Was Happening’

It started out like any other Uber transaction.

Keith Avila, a photographer who also drives for the ridesharing company, picked up two women and a girl at a home in Sacramento, California on Monday. As they got into the car, Avila noticed the girl looked young.

“She looked like she was about 12,” he tells PEOPLE, “but she was wearing a short skirt that showed off her legs.”

Almost immediately, Avila says, the conversation began to raise red flags. “The lady in the back started getting really upset,” he recalls. “She was yelling at the girl, ‘You need to get your priorities straight. We need to make this money.’ ” ...

Police say that they’re grateful to Avila for getting involved.

“He could’ve said nothing. Went on his way, collected his fare. And then that 16-year-old victim could’ve been victimized again by who knows how many different people over the next couple of days, weeks, months,” Elk Grove police Officer Chris Trim told FOX 40.
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Post by Foggy » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:05 am

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:33 pm


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Dave Cutlip, who runs Southside, said he and his wife developed the idea of free coverups in January after a man came into his tattoo parlor hoping to get a gang tattoo removed from his face.

“I could see the hurt in his eyes,” Cutlip said.

Cutlip, 49, couldn’t help the man, it turned out, because the tattoo was too prominent. Might he be able to help someone else? He and his wife turned to Facebook, offering free coverups for racist or gang tattoos with “no questions asked.”

“Sometimes people make bad choices, and sometimes people change,” the post reads. “. . . We believe that there is enough hate in this world and we want to make a difference.”

The post was so widely shared that Cutlip turned off Facebook notifications on his phone. He books the free coverup appointments on Tuesdays and has worked with seven clients so far.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu May 18, 2017 10:59 am

Proud to be an Arkansan.

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Between 1984 and the mid-1990s, before better HIV drugs effectively rendered her obsolete, Ruth Coker Burks cared for hundreds of dying people, many of them gay men who had been abandoned by their families. She buried more than three dozen of them herself, after their families refused to claim their bodies. For many of those people, she is now the only person who knows the location of their graves.

It started in 1984, in a hospital hallway. Ruth Coker Burks was 25 and a young mother when she went to University Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., to help care for a friend who had cancer. Her friend eventually went through five surgeries, Burks said, so she spent a lot of time that year parked in hospitals. That’s where she was the day she noticed the door, one with “a big, red bag” over it. It was a patient’s room. “I would watch the nurses draw straws to see who would go in and check on him. It’d be: ‘Best two out of three,’ and then they’d say, ‘Can we draw again?’ ”
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Since at least the late 1880s, Burks’s kin have been buried in Files Cemetery, a half-acre of red dirt on top of a hill in Hot Springs, Ark. When Burks was a girl, she said, her mother got in a final, epic row with Burks’s uncle. To make sure he and his branch of the family tree would never lie in the same dirt as the rest of them, Burks said, her mother quietly bought every available grave space in the cemetery: 262 plots. They visited the cemetery most Sundays after church when she was young, Burks said, and her mother would often sarcastically remark on her holdings, looking out over the cemetery and telling her daughter, “Someday, all of this is going to be yours.”

“I always wondered what I was going to do with a cemetery,” she said. “Who knew there’d come a time when people didn’t want to bury their children?”

Files Cemetery is where Burks buried the ashes of the man she’d seen die, after a second call to his mother confirmed she wanted nothing to do with him, even in death. “No one wanted him,” she said, “and I told him in those long 13 hours that I would take him to my beautiful little cemetery, where my daddy and grandparents were buried, and they would watch out over him.”
Update: A memorial fund has reached its goal for a memorial at the Files Cemetery.
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Post by kate520 » Thu May 18, 2017 11:08 am

:crying: :crying:

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Post by TollandRCR » Thu May 18, 2017 3:08 pm

I needed that as well. TY.
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kate520 wrote::crying: :crying:

Thanks, TRL, I needed that.
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Post by RVInit » Thu May 18, 2017 7:03 pm

Same here, that is a beautiful story.
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Post by Notorial Dissent » Thu May 18, 2017 10:04 pm

Truly lovely.
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Post by maydijo » Thu May 18, 2017 10:16 pm

It's equal parts tragic and beautiful. Beautiful that she opened her heart to these men; tragic that their parents behaved so horribly.

I have a friend who lost a brother in law to suicide last week. He had been mentally ill, violently so, for a good 12 years. He was a danger to himself and others - so much so that his siblings were scared of him, and constantly asked their mother to stop checking up on him, because they were worried he would her her. She is a very gentle, quiet woman. She would simply respond, "He's my son, I can't give up on him," and every week, although he was a danger to her and often threatened violence against her, she would buy him groceries and check on him to make sure he was okay. This time, when she knocked on the door, there was no answer; she called the police, who entered his apartment (which she paid rent and utilities for) and found him dead on the couch. She admitted to my friend, somewhat guiltily, that she felt relieved. Well, I've spent enough time around the dying to know that's a fairly common response for the survivors where long periods of illness are involved. I can understand that. But still - the point is, she still tried. She did everything she could to help her son. Because that's what you do when you're a parent. You don't cast them aside, particularly not for something as inconsequential as sexual orientation.

I hope those parents have come to deeply regret their actions. I hope they have spent the rest of their lives trying to make amends.

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Airline worker tracks down cancer patient's bag, delivers it

A cancer patient says a Southwest Airlines employee went above and beyond to help track down her missing luggage that contained important medication.

Stacy Hurt says she called customer service July 23 at Pittsburgh International Airport after her luggage failed to arrive on a flight from Nashville. The bag contained medication that helps her with the side effects of chemo for her colon cancer. It also had sentimental items like a rosary and a lucky T-shirt.

"I immediately panicked because I had chemotherapy the next day," she told KDKA-TV. "I had a lot of items in the suitcase that I needed and wanted for chemotherapy. I just started getting very emotional and I started to cry."

Sarah Rowan, a worker for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, took the call and says she was moved to help. Her father died six years ago from leukemia.

It was after midnight when Rowan finally tracked down the luggage and the last courier had already left for the night.

So she put the bag in her car and drove it to Hurt's home at 3 a.m., leaving it on her doorstep.
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Post by Patagoniagirl » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:22 am

Little monumental acts of kindness with no expectation of reward. I have been on the receiving end and do my best to give when I can. This. In this time. With all the shitty stuff going on, is a little pinpoint of hope and joy.

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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:34 pm

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A groom jumped into a pond during his wedding photo shoot to save a boy from drowning

When Brittany Ross Cook saw her groom, still dressed in his wedding suit, plunging into a pond in a park in Canada, she first thought he was playing a joke.

The couple had said their “I do’s” and were posing for wedding photos Friday in a park near Kitchener, Ontario. During the photo shoot three children had been following them around, giggling and cheering them on, Ross Cook and her new husband, Clayton Cook, said.

“I was sort of keeping a close eye on them, just because they were close to the water,” Clayton Cook told BBC World News’ “Newsday.”

Cook said he was waiting for his turn to be photographed when he became concerned when he suddenly noticed that only two of the three children were standing on a rock ledge that led down to the pond.
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Labor union teams up with nonprofit to keep seniors safe in their homes

For 17 years, Barbara Smith has called the house near Olde Towne Bellevue home. Her husband died shortly after they moved in, so now it’s just the 87-year-old and her three cats.

But on Saturday morning, her dining room had a few extra guests: Three broad-shouldered electricians who volunteered their Saturday to provide free electrical repairs for low-income elderly homeowners. ...

Smith was one of 18 homeowners in Douglas and Sarpy Counties who received repairs as part of Powering Hope, a day when members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local 22 labor union volunteer with Rebuilding Together Omaha, a nonprofit that provides home repairs and modifications to low-income and disabled homeowners.

Union members have come together for at least one day a year over the past 17 years to provide repairs for homeowners identified by the nonprofit. But it wasn’t until last year that the union members came up with a name for their day of service: Powering Hope.

Local 22 has since pledged to have similar events twice a year, providing expertise that Rebuilding Together Omaha might otherwise have to pay for. The nonprofit provides necessary materials.
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