The good and kind things ordinary people do far outweigh all the evil in the world. Here are some reminders. Enjoy!
November 11, 2017. A volunteer firefighter from Long Island, New York, decided to bring an act of kindness to each town or city that the 58 victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting had come from, and to pass along bracelets carrying the victims’ names. He, his daughter, and a friend expect to visit some 20 cities or towns in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. His only request of those receiving these small acts of kindness is that they “pay it forward” with their own acts of kindness. (Story and photo from St. George News and #Honor58.)
October 5, 2017. Students in Oregon have adopted a 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy as part of the Sparrows Club program. He endured six surgeries in just the first year of his life. Now, middle school and high school students will raise money to help pay for his medical costs, while also providing emotional support for the boy and his family. (Story and photo from KPTV)
September 13, 2017. A newlywed couple who had just escaped hurricane Irma had car trouble in Tennessee. A restaurant manager saw their situation, helped fix the car, got them seated at a restaurant and gave them $200 to help them out. (Story and photo credit: AJC.com)
September 12, 2017. Here’s a big thank you to all the people and businesses who have volunteered their time, services, and money for disaster relief across the USA and around the world. You are all wonderful. Keep it going! (Photo credit: WGNO.)
August 10, 2017. Members of the Cardinal Huskies football team were enjoying a canoe ride when they found an elderly couple, Pam and Hal, in trouble on the river. The team members chose to stop and help the couple get to safety. “I would appreciate it if they are recognized for what they did,” wrote Pam. “We wanted you to know what fine boys you have on this team at your school and, if you have special awards for random acts of kindness, they and their coach certainly deserve it.” (Story by Ann Wishart, Geauga County Maple Leaf.)
Photo credit: Cardinal Huskies.
July 23, 2017. A resident of Springfield, MA, who suffers from a degenerative brain disease, isn’t focusing on his troubles. He makes every day count, giving bicycles to deserving children. He was recently joined by two local service organizations who provided extra bicycles and bike locks. (Story and photo credit: Sy Becker, 22News WWLP.com.)
Photo Credit: 22News WWLP.com
June 13, 2017. The Giving USA Foundation reported that Americans gave $390 billion to charity in 2016. Most of that, $282 billion, came from individuals rather than businesses or foundations.
April 18, 2017: When this marcher from one side fell ill, several protesters from the other side dropped what they were doing to help. One of them had the following to say about the incident: “We’re on polar opposite sides of the political fence. … At the end of the day, he’s God’s child. He’s somebody’s daddy, somebody’s husband, somebody’s father.” (Kenosha News. Photo credit: Brian Passino)
December 29, 2016: These six upperclassmen took a morning off of their holiday vacation to serve as pallbearers for a man they had never met. (SunHerald.com Photo credit: Cathy Warden)
September 27, 2016: A state trooper drove a grieving man 100 miles to his sister’s funeral after his car was impounded as part of a traffic stop. (CNN. Photo credit: Mark Ross)
September 25, 2016: A Philadelphia mosque provides breakfast to almost 1,000 police officers.
August 3, 2016: An Uber customer raises the money for her driver to see his son compete in the Olympics. (People.com. Photo credit: Liz Willock and Ellis Hill)
July 31, 2016: Many Muslims across France attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on July 26th. (Story and photo: BBC.com)
July 17, 2016: Instead of facing off at a protest, police and Black Lives Matter organized a picnic and dance in Wichita, Kansas. (CBSNews.com)