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 …… 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 …
NFL 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 …
The 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 …
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!