Good People Doing Good Things –The Wealthy

I’m taking a slightly different path today with this ‘good people’ post, for a reason.  I was chatting with a friend, and I said … y’know, the corporations owned by billionaires are asking for government bailout money to help with their losses, and … why should We the Taxpayer bail them out … why can’t they dig into their own massive savings to keep their own businesses afloat.  And that conversation led me to the thought … I keep hearing about all the good things average people are doing, but … what about those billionaires who could do so much more good than most of us could even dream of?  And so, I went on a mission to find whether the rich and famous were helping out in any way, or just sitting in their luxurious mansions stocked with plenty of toilet paper.  Turns out some are doing quite a bit, so I thought it only fair to give them a thumbs up too.

I never cared for the music of Jon Bon Jovi … though I heard enough of it because my daughter was a big fan back in the ’80s.  I still don’t care for the music, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for the man after what I read a few nights ago.  The man washing dishes …bon-jovi… is Jon Bon Jovi, a man with a net worth of approximately $410 million.  Now, it isn’t the fact that he’s washing dishes that makes him a ‘good people’, but the fact that In 2011, Jon Bon Jovi and his wife of 31 years Dorothea, opened up the restaurant Soul Kitchen in his home state of New Jersey with one sole purpose:  to feed those that would otherwise be hungry.  According to Bon Jovi …

“One in six people in America are suffering at night and going to bed hungry, and one in five families live at or below the poverty line.”

There are no prices on the menus and customers pay on a donation basis only.  For those that can’t pay, if they’re disabled, elderly or a family with children, it’s free.  Otherwise you volunteer to work an hour in the kitchen either learning to cook whilst being taught, washing dishes or tending the restaurant’s large vegetable and flower garden.

The restaurant also offers a cooking school so those that are interested can learn the art and a trade, a food bank that distributes food to the local homeless, nurses that provide healthcare, social workers that operate a vocational training center, accountants offering free tax prep and teachers that offer after-school activities for at-risk children.

One year after the restaurant opened, Hurricane Sandy hit Jersey hard, and another Soul Kitchen was opened in late 2012.  Today, obviously, Soul Kitchens are, like all other restaurants, closed to the general public, but this announcement was posted two weeks ago …

Effectively immediately, JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank & Toms River locations will be OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT for our IN-NEED COMMUNITY ONLY. See revised hours of operation below. Due to food demand, the menu will be limited.

If you are struggling to feed yourself or your family, we are a resource to you.

Stay healthy and safe!

No volunteering is necessary and in fact at this time is not allowed.

Just take the food back to your home and be nourished.

And then come back again tomorrow.

If you are unsure where your next meal is coming from – we are here for you and your family 💛 We’ll get through this together!

And, since there are no volunteers to help out, even Jon had to roll up his sleeves and help with the dishes.  He gets a thumbs up from me for his good heart.  Y’know, he has far less money than some, and yet he’s giving not only of his money, but of himself, whereas others are not.  That makes him a ‘good people’ in my book.

And a few shorter snippets …

drew-breesNFL start Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, have pledged to donate $5 million to the State of Louisiana in 2020. By partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders, and Waitr, the couple is planning to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need.

Zion Lateef Williamson is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.  Last month, he made the following promise …

zion-williamsonThe people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.

NFL New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft used the Super Bowl team’s Boeing 757 to fetch more than a million N95 masks from China—and a second shipment of 500,000 more will be arriving next week.  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker posted on Twitter …charlie-baker

And there are others who are sharing their wealth to either help provide medical supplies, help those who are out of work and struggling, or help fund medical research.  You can take a look at a few more over at Bored Panda.

I’d like to finish with a couple of ‘good critter’ stories … I may make this a short part of the good people posts from time-to-time, for it’s sometimes amazing to see the empathy our furry family members can have for us.  These are, to the best of my knowledge, true stories …

“Not me but when I was about 6 we had a Vietnamese pot belly pig named Tyrone. He would follow my mom everywhere she went. She would often pick wildflowers in the field behind our house and he would always come with her. One day she got into a bad argument with my dad and was sitting on the back porch crying. Tyrone pulled a bunch of flowers and grass out by the roots and brought them to her to try to make her feel better. It’s always struck me as the sweetest thing I’ve seen an animal do.”

“My childhood dog saved my dad’s life. She was a big malamute/wolf mix, gorgeous and super smart. She was my parents’ “practice child”, and basically my sister before my other siblings were born. We lived way out in the woods, and our house was wood heated, so a big part of my dad’s work around the house was gathering, splitting, and hauling firewood. I wasn’t there for this story, but he’s told the whole family about it. One day he was out getting firewood by the river. It was winter, everything was frozen over, and he was trying to get a madrone that had fallen on to the frozen river. Normally he’s really careful about stuff like this, but everyone makes mistakes I guess. Anyway, the log slipped, the ice broke, and he went straight in, heavy boots and winter coat and all. He said it was hard to tell where the edge was, the ice kept cracking, and he was sinking fast. Next thing he knew, he felt a yank on the back of his coat, and his head popped above the surface. That dog had run out on the the cracking ice and grabbed him by the collar. She dragged him to safety. He managed to drive home, dripping and shivering, and that dog was eating steak for a week.”

Okay, folks, that’s it for this week … remember, let’s all try to be a ‘good people’ this week … there are plenty of needs out there!

36 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things –The Wealthy

  1. Thank you for this post. There are many wealthy people who are donating money and goods. Their giving is significant. They don’t want the fanfare. The press is far more interested in bad news of the wealthy, like corruption. So, thank you.

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    • True. I rarely feature wealthy in my ‘good people’ posts, for we all enjoy the stories of everyday people who have little, being ‘good people’, helping others, giving of themselves. But every now and then, I think it’s good to shine a light on those in the millionaire class who aren’t total a-holes, who do care about people. They are out there, but as you say, the media is going to focus on the worst of the lot, for that’s what sells.

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  2. Another heart-warmer, Jill💖. I have known about JBJ’s work for several years, but not about Drew Brees, one of my favorite QBs. I choose to believe that money can corrupt or caress a man’s soul and that we mostly hear about the corruption and not the compassion. 🙏

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    • I’m happy to have warmed your heart, dear Larry! I didn’t have a clue about JBJ’s work and I gained a new admiration for him. You’re right … some see their wealth as their due, while others see it as an opportunity to help others. Sadly, I fear the latter are in the majority, but … perhaps I’m wrong.

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  3. Heartwarming that some wealthy are giving back in times of need. JBJ is so down to earth, running a full time kitchen for the poor, bravo! Perhaps you can pay tribute by doing a music post on him! From the movies Young Guns, 2 songs stand out: Dead or alive and Blaze of glory. The band also composed a few lovely ballads in addition to rock.
    Thanks for sharing pet stories, what would we do without them?

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  4. I was home from the hospital after having the worst asthma attack ever.and George was gone to the store to get me my meds. I started to have an attack again, was about to pass out from it. My dog, a gorgeous Shepherd broke down the front door, ran to a neighbors and practically dragged them back to the house. They called 911, did basic first aid and the guys on the ambulance gave me breathing treatments till George got home with my meds.

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    • Yes, it’s a conundrum, for as I told Hugh, charity is best done anonymously, but … the rich and famous receive widespread attention and it may be that others, seeing what they’re doing, will also feel compelled to help out.


  5. I have heard (again and again) about the wealthy athletes who are giving some of their money to help those in need. It is a good thing — a very good thing. But I do wish they would do such things quietly — hide their candle under a bushel as it were. One does wonder about those who shout about their good deeds!

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    • I agree that good deeds are better if done anonymously, but … sometimes I think that in the case of athletes and other celebrities, making their good deeds public knowledge might lead to others following their example. Just a thought.

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  6. I take my hat off to Jon Bon Jovi for not only parting with money but also giving his time. I sounds like a fantastic project. I applaud the generosity if those who are willing to give money but also do something solid like bringing much needed supplies from China.There’s moree heart out there than I realised..

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    • Yes, it is encouraging to hear of those who share their wealth, who care about people. My only complaint is that there are so many more who could be doing similar things to help those less fortunate, but instead they stand guard over every single dollar, telling those in need, “This is mine, go get your own”. Sigh.

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  7. Wow! Now I might have to find some Bon Jovi music — if you can call it that, but that was a snarky comment considering everything he’s been doing all this time. I love the animal stories also, having heard many over the years. My dog story isn’t as dramatic as that, but Max always barked a block before it was time for me to turn, knowing I can’t find my way out of a broom closet! And one night he woke me with his barking, jumping down off the bed and running to the front door. I was kinda irritated with him for waking me like that but the next morning I discovered the front door open, so apparently he scared someone off with all his racket. He also knew when I wasn’t feeling well and would always jump into my lap and put his head on my shoulder. My little Max, a Pekingese I found at the animal shelter a few days after Christmas one year. I miss him!

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