If it’s Wednesday, then it must be time for us to go in search of some good people, yes? Oh wait … I think I see one over there …
His name is Kent Chambers and he is a teacher at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama. Since Mr. Chambers is still working, although teaching his math classes online, he and his wife did not have a pressing need for their stimulus check last month. So, he and his wife anonymously donated $1,200 of their check pay the utility bills for some of the student’s families who he knew were struggling. They also donated $600 to the burn care center at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio, because the hospital has taken good care of his niece since she was hurt in a house fire.Says Mr. Chambers …
“I’m actually in better shape because I’m not having to pay for gas to drive to work and I’m still getting paid the exact same amount. There’s no need for me to take the money and splurge and do something reckless with the money. Let’s help somebody that really needs it.”
While others bought guns. Sigh. Two thumbs up to Kent Chambers and his wife!!! Thank you, sir!
An anonymous donor has gifted $1 million to the staff of Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California. The donor requested that the funds go entirely to the staff, from floor cleaners to nurses. In an attached note he/she said …
“Thank you for standing up (and staying up!) to care for our community. This human kindness is what makes you heroic.”
The hospital is using the donation to give bonus checks to nurses, cleaning staff, lab technicians, medical records staff, post room workers, and security guards who have worked at the hospital for at least one year. Full-time staff will receive $800 and part-timers will receive $600.
Host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, and host of The Late, Late Show, James Corden, are two of this week’s good people. When production of their shows ground to a halt in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the staffs were placed on unpaid leave, or furloughed. Uh-uh, said the two men, and they are paying their staffs out of their own pockets until such time as production resumes.
James Corden will be paying about 60 staff members, and Trevor Noah only about 25, but it still amounts to a good chunk of change. Now, you might say that since both men are millionaires, they can afford it, and I would agree fully. But … this is what makes them good people … they are doing something to help others with their millions. Look around at other millionaires who are guarding their wealth like a bear guards her cubs, and some are even taking instead of giving. So, when I read about men like Corden and Noah … yeah, I give them a thumbs-up and a “Thank You!”
Larry Connor is the CEO of The Connor Group, a Florida real estate investment firm. Last month, Mr. Connor made $1.6 million in the stock market in the span of just eight days. Now, some CEOs would have put the money into offshore accounts, or bought themselves a new yacht, but not Larry Connor!
Since the employees of The Connor Group are currently working from home, Larry held a Zoom meeting with all of them a few days ago and informed them that he is giving them the entire $1.6 million …
“These are challenging times, but the way our people have responded has been nothing short of heroic. Our number one core value is ‘Do the right thing.’ So, when I think about how I made the money compared to what our associates do on every day, to me, it was the right thing to do.”
The Connor Group has roughly 400 employees, whom the company calls “associates.” Bonuses ranged from $2,000 to $9,000 and will be paid to all non-highly-compensated associates who started with the company before March 1. Says employee Pedro Ducos-Vazquez …
“Six thousand dollars. This is something you don’t get every day. It just blew mind, I was so happy and I’m glad that I work for a company like this. He is not just saying company things to motivate you. He lives our company’s circle of values. He leads by example.”
Yet another CEO who believes in helping others … shine a light on him, for he is an example that should be followed by many more!
It’s rare that I give a shout-out to corporations in this column, but today there are two grocery chains that I think deserve one. You’ll remember a week or two ago I wrote about farmers plowing their crops under and dairy farmers throwing away perfectly good milk? Well, Publix and Kroger are working in conjunction with Feeding America food banks and farmers throughout the country to rescue the milk and produce and donate it to Feeding America and other local organizations.
Needless to say, these two chains can’t save all the food, nor feed all the hungry in the nation, but they are making a start … they are using their own resources and funds to try to connect food and milk that would otherwise go to waste with people who would otherwise go hungry. So, they get thumbs up, as well.
Well, folks … as you can see, they are still out there. Lately we hear so much about greed that it’s sometimes easy to lose faith in humanity, but these are just a few examples of people who care more about others than about profit.