Good People Doing Good Things —

I usually focus on every day, average individuals in these ‘Good People’ posts, but on occasion I like to highlight companies, businesses, and organizations that are going above and beyond to make people’s lives a little bit better in one way or another.

In Dubuque, Iowa, there is a school, Alternative Learning Center, that has found a unique way to encourage students to help others.  In lieu of running laps for their physical education credits, students can volunteer to help disabled and senior citizens.

Hitzler-2The learning center is specifically geared towards junior and senior high students who are at risk of dropping out of traditional schools.  Teacher Tim Hitzler is the man behind the program, and he has directly overseen it.  The students volunteer to do yardwork or other chores for those who struggle to do these things themselves.  According to Mr. Hitzler …

“The students and I and other students come out and help them. Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need. The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning, but once they get involved and start doing the yard work, they become more motivated. What they really like is … helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

Hitzler-1.pngTurns out this is not Tim Hitzler’s first journey into altruism.  He is also the founder of a non-profit, Key City Creative Center, in Dubuque, that lends space, tools and studios to people to work on a variety of projects.  Veterans are given free membership, others pay a small fee.  As Tim says …

“The tools and the space are very valuable. But the collaboration and the knowledge you get from other people here are where the real value is.”

Take a look …

Thumbs up to Tim Hitzler and the Alternative Learning Center for helping people, and especially for teaching young people the value of being good people, of helping others.

Back in March, I wrote in another ‘good people’ post about a large supermarket chain in the UK, Sainsbury’s, and gave them kudos for being a company that took care of their people.  Well, this week Sainsbury’s is back on my radar for another extraordinary move, this time taking care of the environment.SainsburysThe company has already implemented measures that are leading to a reduction of 8,101 tonnes (that’s 17,859,626 pounds) of non-recyclable plastic and “virgin plastic” every year.  But now, in addition, they have committed to cutting a further 1,284 tonnes (2,830,732 pounds) of plastic from their supply chain over the course of the next year, including plastic cutlery, bags, lids, and trays.

Plastic cutlery will be removed from all their over 1,400 stores as well as plastic trays for asparagus and sweetcorn; plastic cream pot lids; plastic tomato and carrot trays; and plastic sleeves from herb pots.plastic-freeThe company has also committed to replacing their black plastic trays; plastic fruit and vegetable film; PVC and polystyrene trays; and plastic egg trays with recyclable alternatives.

According to Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe …

“We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores. Our customers expect us to be leading the way on major issues like this, so I am determined to remove and replace plastic packaging where we can and offer alternatives to plastic where packaging is still required to protect a product.”

Yo!  Kroger, Giant, Safeway, Food Lion … are you guys listening???  Thumbs up, once again, to Sainsbury’s!

Mike-Than-Tun-Win.jpegMeet Mike Than Tun Win, a businessman and entrepreneur in Myanmar.  Mike is the founder of, a successful travel agency, and is CEO of BOD Tech Co., Myanmar’s first fully tech-based vehicle financing company.  Sounds just like many a rich capitalist, eh?  But what sets Mike apart is his big heart and the fact that he is using some of his success to help others.

Mike Than Tun Win created a non-profit organization called LessWalk which is buying up the bikes and making them suitable for students, then donating them to underprivileged children across the country who walk miles to school.

“It’s a common sight to see lines and lines of students walking long distances from home to school in rural villages. Some students can walk up to one hour from home to school and the families can hardly afford a simple form of transport like bicycle or motorcycle… a school bus is almost unheard of to the students in rural villages.”

Than was able to purchase the bikes at $40 per bike, costing a total of $400,000. Half of the money for the project has been funded through donations to LessWalk. Than himself provided the rest.

“I’m only halfway through the journey. The remaining 50 percent is making sure we have an impact.”

And, while this final story doesn’t exactly qualify as ‘good people doing good things’, it is heartwarming, and isn’t that, after all, what the good people posts are all about?

Harold Nelson started fishing when he was eight-years-old.  He later joined the military and served in the third infantry during World War II under General George S. Patton. Throughout the war, he made six amphibious invasions and was shot four times.

Ten years ago, when he was a spry 94-years-old, he was on a bus on his way to a casino near his Colorado home when a young lady, Jeanne Gold, happened to sit down next to him.  Jeanne was a spring chicken, only 84 years of age at the time!  The two hit it off, and it was a matter of days ‘til Harold introduced Jeanne to his one true love:  fishing.  Well, she took to it like a fish to water, and the two became boyfriend & girlfriend. Harold-JeanneToday, the couple are still boyfriend/girlfriend, Harold is 104 and going strong, and they still fish together most every day!  Though a gust of wind may knock him over, as it has in the past according to his recollection, Nelson has no plans to hang up his fishing pole anytime soon.

“When I’m pushing up daisies, I’m going to quit fishing.”

Just goes to show, you just never know when or where love will strike, and … you’re never too old to fall in love.  Maybe I’ll go buy me some hip-waders and take a bus ride!paragraph divider 2

16 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things —

  1. Hello Jill. I agree another grand post. On the plastics problem today I was reading about a large floating device with a waterwheel type thing in the center that is used to scoop tons of plastics out of the water. Sadly because of how much of different types it scoops up nothing can be recycled and it all has to be incinerated. But it is a help. Hugs

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    • Thanks Scottie! I hadn’t heard about that device … I’ll have to check it out. Perhaps over time it will be modified to be able to actually sort the plastics so that much can be recycled. Plastics, along with guns, may turn out to be the most destructive things mankind has created!

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    • I’m glad you find them uplifting … so do I. Sometimes it takes me a while to switch mental gears from the dirt and corruption that is my normal fare to the kindness and generosity of these good people, but it is always worth it.

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  2. Wonderful examples, Jill, especially Sainsbury’s. Our government hopes to pass a law in Canada to stop single use plastics, and have suppliers foot the bill for getting those plastics they do create to recycling facilities. But not till 2021 at least. Some businesses are doing it now, I thank them for caring about the future.
    Meanwhile, I would like to say “Thank you” to the Town of Peace River, Alberta, Canada for how they took care of wildfire evacuees who sought refuge there. Many businesses went out of their way to help us, providing free lodging, free food, and free services while we were their guests, and I emphasize the word guests! I csnnot say how other towns or areas came together, I wasn’t there. But to the citizens of Peace River, I thank you to the bottom of my heart. How we would have coped on our own I cannot say. We would have been in debt up to our ears. Special thanks goes out to certain businessses whose profits were greatly diminished, but to mention them and not others would not be fair to everyone. I’ll just say “Peace River!” again and leave it at that. And every citizen and business or organization that helped us.

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    • I applaud Sainsbury’s and any other business that is working toward stopping the use of single-use plastics. I wrote a letter to the three major grocery stores in our area, asking them what they plan to do, how they plan to eliminate plastics in their packaging. ‘Twill be interesting to see if I get any responses.

      As to Peace River … that is a town with a big heart, and the people and businesses in that town deserve a special shout-out. I am so grateful for how much help they gave you guys, even at their own expense. Isn’t it heart-warming to know that when the chips are down, the best in people just seems to come out?

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  3. Those rivers of plastic are all in Third World countries.

    The man (I shall call him Mr Win) who started the bicycle refurb and redistribution in Myanmar, is helping, not only the children of remote villages, get to school quicker, but indirectly making sure they do get to school, do get an education, and reduce the time needed so that they can still help at home. Myanmar is a very poor country with terrible poverty in its rural areas. Education is the only way that people have a chance to climb out of it. Mr Win obviously knows that. I don’t think those people would know what a school run is. If a rural family owns a motorbike, it is doing well.

    Nice ‘Good People,’ Jill. I feel a little more optomistic when I read this stuff. Maybe I should do more of that, rather than focus on the overwhelming bad stuff.

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  4. Tim Hizler has found a very good program to do good for would be school drop outs and the people they assist.

    Sainsbury’s have also launched a trial (I don’t think it is UK wide yet) to collect plastic bottle waste from its customers. They have the resource to send it to proper recycling facilities. The bottles are usually better cleaned and not contaminated by the wrong sort of materials as happens in municiple waste programs (though the Government has just finished a consultation program on the exact same sort of thing). At last, we are starting to address problems, at least in Britain.

    I retweeted a set of tweets from a young lass in Malaysia this week. She was lamenting how her family and friends all thought it OK to throw rubbish (including plastic) into their local streams and rivers. She tried to tweet ideas to address and reform this behaviour, but stopped. She obviously couldn’t think of any. This is one of the biggest problems. 10 rivers in the world, carry 90% of the plastic into the sea. They are all third wo

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    • I love the idea of a grocery store providing recycling services, or rather a collection service, for used plastic bottles! After writing this post last night, I penned a letter to the three supermarkets in this area, asking them what they are planning to do about plastics, how they play to phase them out, etc. ‘Twill be interesting to see if I get a response from any of the three. Sainsbury’s seems to be way ahead on a number of things … they have my thumbs-up!

      Sigh. People do the same here, though perhaps not to the extent that the girl in Malaysia was speaking about. But, people are lazy … I go for a daily walk (well, I’ve been lazy lately, but I usually do) at the park behind my apartment complex. There is a .8 mile track there, so I walk 5 laps, or 4 miles, most days. It is disgusting the amount of trash i see when I walk in the mornings, before the park crews have picked it all up. Plastic bottles, food wrappers, even articles of clothing. And the heck of it is, there are no less than 6 trash receptacles within that .8 mile track!!! Never more than a few steps from one! You are right … education is the answer, the only answer. I wonder, though, if we haven’t waited too late.

      Glad the ‘good people’ post lifted your spirits a bit. There is hope … we just need to get the jackals out of government and vote for some people who care more about humanity and the planet than lining their own pockets.


      • I walked for a couple of miles along a canal towpath yesterday. As it approached a town, rubbish started to appear. It was mainly drinks cans, bottles, cigarette ends, candy, and snack wrappers and plastic bags. Strewn largely near a school, I found myself wishing the kids were more like Greta Thunberg. I found a small plastic bag in my pocket and began to collect the refuse as I walked. At each bin, I would empty the full bag, and start again. On the third bagful, a young man stopped to warn me to be careful. He said that the bridge where I was picking up beer cans, was a druggie meeting place. “Be careful there aren’t needles to hurt you,” he had warned. I sighed. He was kind, but it is exactly because of a fear of infection that people will not pick up the litter of the careless. The bins are collected, but towpaths are always, always cleaned up by volunteers. He told me that the police would not do anything about the druggies; “they’d rather that they be down here, than in town, where they’d have to do something.” We do have anti litter laws, and fines, but charges are rarely, if ever, laid against anyone. 😔

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