Good People Doing Good Things —

Good people are everywhere.  In the past week, we may not have noticed them as they quietly went about the business of helping others, for chaos and drama were much more at the forefront.  But the good people were still there …


Scott Rudes is the principal of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.  The school, like all others in the U.S., closed in mid-March as a result of the coronavirus, and like every other school in the nation, its students missed out on the rites of passage otherwise known as ‘graduation’.

Dr. Rudes, however, found a way to make graduation special for the 249 seniors graduating from his school.  While other schools have held online ceremonies, Dr. Rudes wanted it to be more personal for his students, so he hopped in his pickup and spent the next 10 days driving 1,500 miles to personally present each student with a diploma!Scott-Rudes-1

“When I get to the house, we’re all masked up and we’re all sanitized, and I bring them their diploma cover and we have an opportunity to take a socially distanced picture. Many of the places that I’ve shown up to, it’s been a mini-graduation ceremony with the red carpet and the backdrop and everything.  Even though we’re going through extraordinary times right now, they are extraordinary people and they’re worth this effort.”

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“Whatever presents in life, find the opportunity with that and run with it. That’s one of the things I think we do best at a school like ours with artists, to teach them to view the world from multiple perspectives and to be creative and expressive. I think that’s what gets them through the hard times.”

Two thumbs up 👍👍 to Dr. Scott Rudes for giving the gift of time … for caring.


I first became aware of Captain Thomas Moore a month or so ago, and considered him for a ‘good people’ post back then, but for some reason that I cannot remember, he didn’t quite make the cut that week, and by the next week I had forgotten Captain Tom.  But this week when he came back onto my radar, I knew I had to include him.

Captain Tom, is a former British Army officer who served in India, the Burma campaign, and Sumatra during the Second World War, and later became an instructor in armoured warfare. After the war, he worked as managing director of a concrete company and was an avid motorcycle racer.

On April 6th of this year, at the age of 99, he began to walk laps in his garden to raise money to aid the NHS Charities Together (NHS is the National Health Service in the UK), with the goal of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday on April 30th.  In the 24-day course of his fundraising he made many media appearances and became a popular household name in the United Kingdom, generating much interest in his life story, earning a number of accolades and attracting over 1.5 million individual donations. He featured in a cover version of the song You’ll Never Walk Alone, with proceeds going to the same charity. The single topped the UK music charts and made him the oldest person to achieve a UK number one!Tom-MooreWhile Captain Tom started with the modest goal of raising £1,000, he far surpassed that goal!  On the morning of his hundredth birthday the total raised by his walk passed £30 million, and by the time the campaign closed at the end of that day had increased to over £32.79 million, or about $41.2 million USD! Tom-Moore-bdayMore than 1 million people from around the world signed a petition to have him knighted—but despite all the appreciation and praise, Moore remained humble during his birthday celebration with the press and requested that they end the event with a round of applause for healthcare workers.  Thanks to a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson which was approved by Queen Elizabeth II this week, however, the veteran’s official new title is Captain Sir Thomas Moore.Tom-Moore-tweet

100 years old and giving his all to help others … now THAT’S what I call a good people!


I’d like you to meet former bartender Doc Hendley …Hendley-1Now, back in 2009 Doc was one of the CNN Heroes of the Year for his work starting a non-profit, Wine to Water, to provide clean water and sanitation to communities around the world.  I may feature him and Wine to Water in a future ‘good people’ post, but today Doc is on my radar for another reason.

When restaurants across the country closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of service industry workers suddenly lost their jobs.  As many of them found themselves struggling to make ends meet, Doc wanted to do something to help.

“It was devastating for the service industry community … People were scrounging, trying to file for unemployment, trying to figure out how are they going to make their rent payment.”

Hendley and his team of volunteers started putting together care packages in his hometown of Boone, North Carolina. The group distributes the packages, which are filled with 40 meals and other household necessities, to laid off restaurant workers throughout the state.  Even as restaurants across the country start to reopen, Hendley knows it will be crucial for his box program to continue.

“The problem is that revenue will still struggle for a lot of these places and many workers will still be out of the job since businesses will be trying to run extra lean. A lot of those workers are living paycheck to paycheck, or trying to pay their way through school, or a single mom trying to take care of kids.”

The boxes include fresh fruits and vegetables, coffee, fresh baked bread, and toilet paper, among other food and hygiene items.  Since March, his organization has already given out more than 72,000 meals.Hendley-2But that’s not all!  His non-profit Wine to Water has risen to the challenge of the pandemic as well.  When the epidemic broke out, the organization’s water filter factories around the world began mass producing portable hand washing stations, which are placed in heavily trafficked areas such as police stations, health care clinics, and larger hospitals.

“It’s been so inspiring to see how many people have gotten behind and supported our programs around the world. When the sun does come out after the storm’s over, I think that we as a people are going to come through this stronger and more together than we’ve ever been.”

This guy deserves a medal of honour in my book!


I end with a bit of a lump in my throat … it felt soooooo much better to write about these people than the people and situations I’ve been writing about for the past week.  I hope this week’s good people raised your spirits just a bit, as they did mine.

Good People Doing Good Things — Little Things

With the exception of the first story, today’s ‘good people’ are all doing small things but … boy, sometimes those little things sure can mean a lot!


For more than 20 years, the nonprofit Students Rising Above (SRA) has provided low-income, first-generation college students with financial assistance, internships, career counseling and more.

Now, the nonprofit has announced another incredible milestone. Anonymous donors have stepped forward with a gift that will change the lives of approximately 400 graduates – providing up to $8 million to pay off their college debt.

Elizabeth Devaney, CEO at SRA, informed the students with a surprise announcement on a Zoom video call.

“What I want to share with you tonight is that anonymous SRA donors have presented us with a remarkable gift. It’s intent is to eliminate student loan debt for you.”

Students like Dr. Zachary Tabb, who graduated medical school two years ago and owes around $160,000, is now going to be debt-free.

“It’s life changing. I’ve had debt … really my entire adult life. And so, it’s just something that everywhere you go, it follows you … So… this has been nice in that way where I can sort of look broader in terms of what I do next.”

Law school graduate Kimberly Armstrong owes nearly $300,000 in student loans.

“It’s a shock. It’s amazing. It’s a relief, though. Once you start kind of setting in, there’s this weight that, comes off of you. Literally, it’s a weight lifted.”

What a wonderful group of anonymous people!!!


Ms, Ingeborg is a teacher of the Bavinck school in Haarlem in the Netherlands. The school had closed early due to the coronavirus pandemic, like all schools around the world.

“It was all up and running that the school closed. It all hit me like this. The children were no longer in school. And I miss them so much.”

One day while browsing Pinterest, she saw a knitted doll. Without any lessons, she decided she was going to knit a doll for each of her 23 students!dollsThe teacher clothed the dolls to each student’s preference. The girls who wore cardigans to school, she made cardigans for on their doll. The boys that wore sweaters, had sweaters. She even included details like freckles and glasses.

When the students came to the school one by one to collect their belongings, she gave out the dolls to the children, who were really excited to see them in person.

Ms. Ingeborg even made a doll of herself!teacher-dollHer students loved the dolls so much, Ms. Ingeborg says she plans to make them each year for her students.


Josh Crowell, who delivers mail on routes near Concord, New Hampshire, has been delivering hand-written notes with a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card to homes with graduation signs on their lawns.

So far, Crowell has handed out at least 25 gift cards.

“$5 isn’t much, but it’s something so that the kids can get out of the house and go get a doughnut and an iced coffee.  I’m not very well-off myself, but I look at it as, if I put a smile on somebody’s face, then I will do it.”

postal-workerNo, $5 isn’t much, but on a mail carrier’s salary, it’s a lot … and it’s the thought, the caring, that counts most.  He’s received many thank-you notes from seniors responding to his gift cards. One of the thank-you cards read …

“This year has not been easy for most, but I think being able to make someone’s day is important. … Thank you for being an essential worker, it means a lot.”

Thumbs up to Mr. Crowell!


Chelsea Phaire is ten years old and lives in Danbury, Connecticut.  Chelsea’s parents helped her launch “Chelsea’s Charity”  on her birthday in August 2019, when she asked party guests to donate art supplies instead of getting her birthday gifts. Says Chelsea’s mom, Candace …

“Since she was seven, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity. She was so persistent, every couple of months she would ask, ‘Are we starting Chelsea’s Charity yet?’ When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it.”

Chelsea-PhaireThrough her charity, Chelsea Phaire has sent more than 1,500 art kits — which include markers, crayons, paper, coloring books, and colored pencils — to homeless shelters and foster care homes art kits to give the children something uplifting to do when they’re feeling down.

I was thinking about this, thinking that I’ve never considered that particular need, and it came to me … it takes a kid to understand what kids most need!

After her birthday, Chelsea used the donations to send out her first 40 art kits to a homeless shelter in New York.  Before the pandemic, Chelsea traveled with her mom across the country to meet the kids in-person and taught them some of her favorite drawing techniques.  Now that Chelsea is unable to physically interact with the kids, she is mailing the art kits. Since March, when schools began to close, Chelsea has sent over 1,500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes in 12 states across the U.S.


A few weeks ago, as an addition to my ‘good people’ post, I added a “good critter stories” section and noted that from time to time I might find critters helping others, whether it be humans or other critters.  I was touched today by this crow who appeared to be helping a hedgehog cross the street …


Lately, I’ve taken inventory of myself and found myself lacking. Each week when I write these good people posts, they lift my spirits, but they also make me feel that all I’m doing is writing about those who are out there actually doing good things.  I no longer volunteer my time at a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen as I once did, I haven’t rescued a stray critter for several years now … well, I really can’t seem to do much. Quite frankly, it has been a source of some depression for me, feeling next to useless in this world.  I was discussing this with our friend David the other night, and he posited that perhaps it’s enough that I shine the light on these good people, and maybe I motivate some of my readers to do some small acts to help others.  I like to think he’s right. Think of these people doing little things … let’s all try to find some little thing we can do to bring a ray of light into someone else’s life, shall we?

Good People Doing Good Things — In Times Of Trouble

This week’s ‘good people’ post is just a bit late, but hopefully worth the wait.


The trash man watcheth …

We don’t give much thought to our trash collectors, or binmen … they come once or twice a week, pick up the trash, and that’s that.  They likely don’t give much thought to us, either.  Unless, of course, they are Jake Bland at Hometown Hauling, a refuse collection company in Louisville, Kentucky.Jake-BlandOne day last week, Jake noticed that one house on his route hadn’t put out any trash for the past two weeks, so he asked the company’s dispatcher to call the customer.  The dispatcher, fearing the worst, was relieved when the 90-year-old customer answered the phone, but that relief quickly dissipated when she found out why there had been no trash for two weeks:  the woman had no trash because she had run out of food ten days before!

Said the dispatcher, Bernice Arthur …

“She just didn’t have nothing to eat….and that’s why she had no trash to put out there.  She has no family, nobody.  I said, ‘You do have a family now.’

BerniceAnd indeed, the folks at Hometown Hauling jumped in and became family for the elderly woman, known only as Mrs. W.  They compiled a list, went shopping and brought Mrs. W. enough groceries to last for quite a while.  Money was not Mrs. W’s problem, but logistics were.  She does not drive and was afraid to take a bus in this era of coronavirus.  Nonetheless, the crew at Hometown Hauling paid for the food and it was their gift to Mrs. W.  I’m pretty sure that Jake and Bernice will be keeping check on Mrs. W. for the foreseeable future.

Thumbs up to all those who participated in this venture, for without them, Mrs. W. would likely be dead by now.


Little people doing BIG things …

More than two years ago, I wrote about a young man, Jahkil Jackson, who had come to my attention because of his good works that started when he was about 8 years old and started his non-profit, Project, I Am.  He had begun making “Blessing Bags” — kits full of socks, toiletries and snacks that he could offer to the homeless in his hometown of Chicago.  Jahkil-1Young Jahkil, now 12-years-old, has floated onto my radar again this week when, in the ever-growing dark shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, he expanded his project to include yet another vulnerable population — senior citizens — in his hometown.

“I don’t think it’s safe for anybody to go outside right now.  So, I decided to give them the daily essentials like hand sanitizer, which is very important, wipes, tissue. I feel like those really help them. I’m doing my part and helping. And I feel like it’s everyone’s duty to help out where they can.  Everybody in the world, they’re scared, they’re worried. So, we have to work together to uplift each other.”

I repeat what I said two years ago when I first discovered young Jahkil … what an awesome young man!  But wait … I’m not finished, for young Jahkil has teamed up with a young man in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 7-year-old Cavanaugh Bell.  Age … distance???  Pshaw … just another hurdle to overcome!Cavanaugh-BellWhen the pandemic hit, Cavanaugh and his mom went grocery shopping for his 74-year-old grandmother, who lives in a nearby senior living community. Cavanaugh couldn’t help but also worry about his grandmother’s friends. He wondered whether they were getting all the food and other essentials they needed.

“I just wanted to make sure that they were staying home, and they were staying safe. My grandma is my best friend. We all love our senior citizens and they mean more to us than anything else. I just decided to do something nice for them.”

So, Cavanaugh used his $600 in savings to purchase food and supplies to take to the other seniors. Word spread, and he started receiving donations to help his mission. To date, his GoFundMe page has raised more than $12,000.

Now, Cavanaugh has opened a community pantry for families in need to pick up care packages filled with food and other necessary household items. Recently, Cavanaugh and Jahkil connected about their mutual cause and how they could team up to get their care packages into the hands of even more people.

For starters, Jahkil assembled and sent 50 of his blessing bags to Cavanaugh, who simultaneously sent packages of food items and other supplies to Jahkil.  Jahkil used the donations from Cavanaugh to make more blessing bags — helping him reach more seniors and homeless people. Cavanaugh distributed Jahkil’s blessing bags to those in need through his community pantry.

“I think it’s important for us young kids to work together because kids are very powerful and they can make change, too,” said Jahkil, who plans to coordinate efforts with more young do-gooders throughout the country.

“Anyone can have an impact no matter their age, no matter if they’re older or they’re young. Because whatever you believe you can achieve,” Cavanaugh said. “With love we can get through this together.”

Now, obviously these two young men have a bit of help from their families, but that’s part of the point. Jahkil’s and Cavanaugh’s parents are teaching these guys at a very young age how to be good people, that we all have a responsibility to help others in times of need.  Just as we tend to blame parents when young people get in trouble, I think we must also applaud parents like those of these two youngsters, for they are teaching their children well.  These kids and others like them are the future of our country, a future that may be a bit brighter for having these two and others like them.

 

Good People Doing Good Things – Teens

Teenagers mostly get a bad rap … it has always been so.  Granted, sometimes it is deserved, for they are at that awkward age where they’re no longer a child, yet not an adult, either.  And then there are the hormones, but we’ll leave that alone.  Anyway, every now and then a number of teens who have been doing good things for others come onto my radar and I like to shine a spotlight on them.  This week is one of those times …


Two high school sophomores in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Kylee Kruse and Aidan Martin were shopping for groceries at Harps when they stumbled across six hundred dollars folded in half on the floor.

Instead of pocketing the cash, they decided to turn it over to a store employee.

“Obviously it wasn’t like an easy, simple, ‘okay let’s just turn it in’, but we knew we had to do the right thing. It felt really good. We knew it belonged to somebody and that we needed to get it back to who it belonged to.”

It turns out the cash belonged to an elderly man who returned to the store minutes after the teens left.  The store manager also gets kudos for making sure the community knew about the teens’ actions.

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Hita Gupta of Paoli, Pennsylvania, used to pay weekly visits to seniors in local nursing homes, and when, due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, she was told she could no longer visit, she was heartbroken.  She used to organize activities on her visits, such as games of trivia and bingo, but now she could not even visit.

“The seniors aren’t able to see their families, so that’s causing loneliness, boredom and anxiety.”

Hita-GuptaBut, Ms. Gupta came up with the idea to deliver care packages to all of the nursing homes in her area stuffed with puzzles, coloring books, and handwritten notes, many of which are written by her 9-year-old brother, Divit.

“My brother helps me a lot. It’s a lot of work.”

Thus far, Hita has sent 23 packages to people in nursing homes in the Philadelphia area.

“I call them and say I’m going to leave the boxes outside the front door. They usually leave it out for a few days to make sure there aren’t any germs before passing it out to the residents. Loneliness is now a bigger problem than ever with our pandemic and social distancing guidelines. We need to let nursing home residents know that they are not being forgotten, and that they are not alone. As a community, we need to work together to make seniors feel loved and valued.”

What an awesome young lady!!!


Here’s one for the record books!  Jose Nuñez Romaniz of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was on a mission to buy socks for his grandfather (see, he’s already a good people and I haven’t even told you the story yet). Before he could make the purchase, he stopped at an ATM outside a Wells Fargo bank to deposit money.  As he pulled his truck alongside the machine, he spotted a clear plastic bag on the ground, filled with $50 and $20 bills.

“I didn’t know what to do. I was, like, dreaming. I was just in shock. I was looking at myself and just thinking, ‘What should I do?’ My parents always taught me to work for my own. Stolen money would never last you any time.”

So, what young Jose did was called the Albuquerque police and handed the bag of money to them. The cash totaled … wait for it … $135,000!!!  Turns out the money was mistakenly left outside the ATM by a bank subcontractor that was meant to supply the machine with cash.  My best guess is that subcontractor is now unemployed! Jose-RomanizHis act of honesty didn’t go completely unrewarded …

  • Albuquerque ESPN Radio presented him with signed sports memorabilia — including a football autographed by former NFL and University of New Mexico linebacker Brian Urlacher.
  • The radio station also threw in six season tickets for UNM football, said station president Joe O’Neill, who had heard about Nuñez’s story from a police acquaintance.
  • At least three local businesses presented Nuñez with $500 each, with one of them — a restaurant — adding a $100 gift card.
  • The Albuquerque police department presented Nuñez with a plaque and offered him a job as he plans to major in Criminal Justice.
  • Several officers went to Nuñez’s home before he returned and praised him to his parents.

His mom was proud of him.

“She told me I did the right thing and that she was proud of me. She called me and almost started crying.”


And in West Yorkshire, UK, fifteen-year-old Ryley Ferguson was walking his two dogs when he spotted a 15-month-old falling into the water while out of adult eyes.  Ryley immediately threw off his shoes and coat and dove into the canal.

“It all happened in a split second and suddenly I was at the bottom of the canal and managed to grab him. I was pretty calm I think but I was flustered as the water was so cold and my heart was racing. If I wasn’t there, if I walked by just thirty seconds later, he could have died.”

Ferguson struggled to get out of the canal as he was holding the toddler, but after shouting for help two men pulled them out of the water.

Reggie began to cry but Ferguson said he calmed down after he reassured him, saying, “don’t worry, I got you”.Ryley-FergusonReggie’s mother Rebecca Hampton said she was working in the garden when Reggie had wandered into the canal on his own.

“Ryley is our guardian angel, he saved my boy and saved my life. Reggie will grow up knowing who Ryley is and what he’s done. He’s our superhero.”

A neighbor set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ferguson but the teenager has refused to take any money and asked people to donate it to the NHS instead.

Now THAT’S a good people, my friends!


There are at least as many good people among teens as there are among adults.  In part, they adopt our values, we teach them to be compassionate, to care for others, and even in their weird teen years, the lessons are learned and followed.  Remember, we were all once teenagers!

Good People Doing Good Things

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.Kent-ChambersSays 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.”

hospital-staffThe 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.

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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.”

Connor-GroupThe 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.

Good People Doing Good Things – Pay It Forward Day

Yesterday, April 28th, was Pay it Forward Day.  Since it is too soon to find the many people who found ways to ‘pay it forward’ just yet, but since I did not wish to let the day pass unnoticed, I am reprising my post about the day from 2017.  For many of you it will be new, but even if it isn’t, some of the things these people have done is worthy of a second read, three years later!


“From what we get we make a living – from what we give, we make a life.” – Arthur Ashe

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As usual, I am about a day late and a dollar short.  Well, actually about 5 days late, as it were.  But, better late than never, right?  Turns out that April 28th was the 10th annual Pay It Forward Day.  Yes, folks, there is actually an annual Pay It Forward Day, and it is one of the more worthy ‘national days’.  A bit about the day:

In March 2000, a little-known author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, published a book titled Pay It Forward.

“Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better — and to put that plan into action.” – Amazon

The book was adapted into a movie starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment in 2000, and the concept of “paying it forward” entered the real world, spreading kindness far and wide.  In 2014, Hyde also published a version of the book for young readers.

Hyde started the Pay It Forward Foundation to foster the movement, and a supporter in Australia, Blake Beattie, started Pay It Forward Day.  From the Pay It Forward website:

“There is tremendous power and positive energy in giving – it is a shame that not enough people have experienced it to the fullest. Pay It Forward Day is about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference.

So why Pay It Forward?

To encourage all of us to embrace the incredible power of giving.

To show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us.

To know that we may be only one person in this world, but to one person, at one time, we are the world.”

Last year, in celebration of Pay It Forward Day, the Epoch Times interviewed Ms. Hyde.    It is an interesting Q&A, complete with a video that describes how she came up with the idea for Pay It Forward as a concept.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

So what are some examples of the ways in which people celebrated the day last week?

  • In McCloud, California, McCloud High School students cleaned the grounds around the Siskiyou Humane Society in Mt. Shasta, as well as the New 2 You and Paws & Shop thrift stores.

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  • Pupils and teachers at the Bispham Road school completed tasks such as helping others with their work, playing with different friends on the playgrounds, and even holding doors open as part of the annual Pay It Forward Day UK.

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  • In Ronkonkoma New York, a pay-it-forward may have saved a man’s life, or so he claims. Dennis Kust had recently lost his wife, Cheryl, after a 5-year battle with cancer, and suffering from deep depression, he had lost his will to live.  On April 28th, he entered Albert’s Pizza on Long Island to pick up his pizza and was brought to tears when he was told his pizza was free … part of the pay it forward initiative by the owner of Albert’s Pizza, Rich Baer. On the inside of the box was a message:  Stay Strong!

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When 8-year-old Myles Eckert found $20 in a Cracker Barrel parking lot, he took it as an opportunity to pass it on to Lt. Col. Frank Dailey as a gesture of gratitude. Along with it, he also wrote a note: “Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”

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At Mason Wartman’s pizza shop in Philadelphia, customers can pre-pay for a slice of pizza at $1 and leave a Post-It on the wall. Any homeless person can redeem the Post-It for a warm slice later. This heart-warming gesture has helped Wartman relieve the hunger of several needy people in the city.

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When Mark Redmond, the executive director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington, Canada, met a couple at his office, little did he know that they had formerly stayed at his shelter. He soon discovered that the two had met at the facility, fell in love, and were married for four years. The duo had returned to the shelter to donate a bag of clothes as a way of helping the needy, just like they had once been helped.

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When Mike learned that his favorite waitress at a New York restaurant was served an eviction notice, he paid her a tip of $3,000 on a bill of about $40 with the message “Don’t let ‘pay it forward’ end with you.” Speaking about it, Mike told ABC News, “This woman had been serving us for almost a year now. She’s a lovely individual, and she talked about how she was served an eviction notice last month.”

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There are thousands and thousands of these stories this week.  I purposely chose some that were small things, like cleaning up around an animal shelter or giving away $20, in order to make the point that an act of kindness need not cost a lot of money or time, it requires only a good heart. I am particularly encouraged by the young people who are learning early in life how important small acts of kindness can be.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi

wed-pif-3In my searches yesterday morning, I came across numerous sites devoted to ideas for ‘paying it forward’, most of them worthy, but when it comes down to it, we don’t really need to find ideas in books or on the internet.  We all know people who could use a bit of a helping hand, we see people as we go about our business who could use something, whether it’s a hot meal or just a smile, a hand-up from a fall, or help carrying their groceries. I think this is what happiness is really about, this is what gives our lives purpose and meaning.  When we ‘pay it forward’, we are giving to ourselves as well as to another.  It’s a win-win, as they say.

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Good People Doing Good Things – For Mother Earth (Redux)

Earth Day 2018-4Well, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea for this morning’s post.  Since today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, I thought to combine ‘good people’ with Earth Day … you know, good people doing good things for the planet on Earth Day?  Sadly, it didn’t pan out, though, for it appears that in the shadow of coronavirus, the planet has been forgotten.  😔 Nobody seems to care at the moment, and I was able to find not a single incident of even something as simple as someone picking up trash around the neighborhood or off the beach.  So disappointed was I that I lost the incentive to keep looking, thus I am reduxing a post from June 2017, a time when people were doing good things for the planet.  Tomorrow, Miss Goose and I will be picking up trash at the park behind our house.  Happy Earth Day.


Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. – Evo Morales

This week in my search for good people I found several examples of people spending their time doing good things for the environment, so I decided to follow that theme, in honour of World Environment Day, which was earlier this month on June 5th.  While some may greedily take from the Earth without a thought of giving back, there are many who are dedicated to helping clean up and protect our environment.  Let us look at just a few of those people.

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In Mumbai India, a lawyer by the name of Afroz Shah brought together over 2,000 volunteers to clean up a 2-mile stretch of Versova Beach.  The group collectively picked up over 160 tons of trash from the beach, but they didn’t stop there!  They also planted 500 coconut trees!

The group was comprised of local students, local business people, and members of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). This in itself is impressive, but what I find most admirable about Mr. Shah is that his commitment is long-term … for the past 87 weekends he has spent his time organizing community clean-ups on the beach.

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Afroz Shah

In the words of one local fisherman, “Before this movement, we were helpless when we saw garbage affecting the marine life, but nothing was done about it. However, after the clean-up drive, we can see the difference. We have realized that if the entire fishing community of Versova comes together, there will be no plastic in sight.”

My hat is off to Mr. Shah for his tremendous and inspirational efforts!  See … there are even good lawyers in the world!


rokkeKjell Inge Røkke (please do NOT ask Filosofa how to pronounce this name!) started his career as a fisherman at the age of 18, with neither a high school nor college education.  His rise in business is a story in itself, but will have to wait for another day, for today’s topic is what he is doing for the environment.  Røkke is considered to be one of the ten wealthiest people in Norway, with a net worth equal to $2.6 billion USD.

On 16 May 2017 Røkke announced that he is funding the purchase of a giant research vessel. The ship is built in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in Norway. The Research Expedition Vessel (REV) is a 600-foot vessel that will maneuver the ocean’s waters sucking up plastic waste. Capable of accumulating and recycling up to 5 tons of plastic per day, the REV will also double as a mobile laboratory for scientists to monitor and observe the ocean’s ecosystems.

Once completed, the ship will accommodate 60 scientists who will ‘monitor and observe the ocean’s ecosystems’.  The scientists on board will have some of the most hi-tech research equipment available to them in order to properly observe the seas. Røkke hopes that the team will be able to utilize these facilities to discover new ways in assisting and nourishing the ocean’s struggling ecosystems.

“I am a fisherman, and curious by nature. Resources in the oceans and on the seabed have provided significant value for society – and also for my family and myself. For this, I am very grateful. However, the oceans are also under greater pressure than ever before from overfishing, coastal pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and ocean acidification, and one of the most pressing challenges of all, plasticization of the ocean. The need for knowledge and solutions is pressing.”

Røkke told Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper that he wanted “to give back to society what I’ve earned” and described the cost of the ship as costing “the lion’s share of his fortune”.


vetpawThink about this pairing:  veterans coming home, feeling displaced, often suffering from PTSD or other physical/emotional injuries … and … species of wildlife endangered by poachers with little or no conscience, willing to kill an animal as a trophy or for profit.  How do those two connect, you ask.  The answer is Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW).

According to their website, VETPAW “provides meaningful employment to post-9/11 veterans, utilizing their expertise to train and support Africa’s anti-poaching rangers to prevent the extermination of keystone African wildlife, and the disastrous economic and environmental impact it would have.”

rhino.jpgFounded by former marine Ryan Tate and his wife Jeanne, the group of US military veterans he has assembled work in a remote private reserve in the far north of South Africa.  African park rangers are often shot by the poachers who are intent on killing animals for their ivory tusks or horns. With the training and assistance provided by the VETPAW soldiers, conservationists can work to defend the massive mammals, while knowing someone has their own back.

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Ryan Tate

The program has resulted in a 11% drop in the number of rhinos killed during the first half of 2016.  Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same substance as fingernails, yet a kilo is worth up to $65,000. South Africa is home to 80% of the world’s wild rhinos.  The poachers are often criminal gangs, armed to the teeth, well-funded and part of transnational syndicates who will stop at nothing.

VETPAW is serving two important functions by helping preserve the wild rhino and other endangered animals, but also giving returning vets a purpose in life, a focus.  And there is another benefit from this program … local farmers and communities say they are safer now, as the poachers frequently posed a threat to them.


There is no single cause that is more important than protecting our planet, our oceans, forests, and wildlife.  We cannot all go protect wildlife in South Africa, or purchase a billion-dollar boat to clean up the oceans, but isn’t it good to know that there are people out there doing just that?  And we can do small things that make a difference.

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Good People Doing Good Things — Little Things

As I was looking about for good people tonight, I came across a story about a teacher going the extra mile to stay in touch with her students, and I thought about one of my own blogging buddies, Jennie.  Jennie is a teacher in New England and I’ve always admired the extra effort she puts into teaching her students, helping them learn an appreciation of reading at an early age, doing fun things with them to keep them interested.  She gives so much of herself every day, but since the schools have been shut down, she has really dedicated herself to her students, to ensuring they still get their daily dose of reading and that they don’t feel alone.  I would like to ask you to take just a minute to visit her at A Teacher’s Reflections, read how she’s helping her young students get through the isolation, and if you feel so inclined, leave her a word of appreciation or encouragement.


And speaking of teachers …

Zane Powless is an assistant head teacher at Western Primary School in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Every day, Mr. Powless hauls huge rucksacks filled with packed school meals that weigh more than 40 pounds, plus homework for at least 78 students over a distance of some five miles!  (Heck, I can barely carry a grocery bag weighing maybe 20 pounds from my van into my house!)

“I am doing this so that the children and their parents don’t have to come out to collect their meals. Otherwise they would be passing other people in the street and it makes sure they get at least one good meal a day.”

Zane-PowlessOther staff are delivering food by car to those who live further away from the school.

“It’s a big team effort for sure. I look like I’m doing the donkey work, but it really isn’t just me, the other teachers also drive to deliver meals to children who live further away, we call the families up every week to make sure they’re doing okay, we prepare and pack the lunches together every single day.”

Zane, who was part of the Grenadier Guards, also uses his daily lunch run to check on the welfare of the children he visits. He puts the packed lunch on the doorstep, knocks on the door and then waits on the pavement or in the garden until they are picked up.

“I’ll wait for them to come to the door and sometimes have a quick peek inside just to make sure everything is in order and the children are okay. I think it also gives them a sense of normalcy to see me every day. Of course, normal for them is coming to school every day, seeing me and their friends and other teachers – so having me come to see them might be reassuring.”

The town, Grimsby, has a 34% poverty rate, so for some of these kids, it might well be the only healthy meal they get in a day.  Mr. Powless certainly ranks as a ‘good people’ in my book.


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Earlham, Iowa … population 1,417 is located mostly in the middle of nowhere, and covers 621 acres.  But this week, Earlham was more than a blip on the map when an anonymous donor took note of the town.

Jeff Lillie is the Mayor of Earlham, and one day he received a call from a friend, saying that there was a donor interested in interjecting money into the town’s economy.  At first, the donor, who did not reveal their identity to the mayor, said they would buy 100 gift cards from three local businesses. An hour later, his friend called Lillie again and said the donor was bumping the number up to 250. An hour after that, the number was raised to 500.mayor-Lillie

“I said to him, at 500, you’re darn near giving a gift card to every single household in Earlham. When I told him there were 549 households in town, he said ‘Done.’ And that was it. I was ecstatic because it made sure everyone would get a card.”

The donor surprised the town by purchasing 549 gift cards from each of three local businesses: West Side Bar and Grille, Hometown Market, a grocery store, and Trostel’s Broken Branch, a restaurant and coffee shop.

In total, they donated $82,350.

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“It came at the end of a couple really hard weeks. I remember going home and walking through the front door, and I couldn’t speak for a minute. I was just crying like a baby, and my little boy saw me and wrapped around my leg and said, ‘Daddy what’s wrong?’ And eventually I was able to choke it out: ‘Buddy, right now, for once, nothing’s wrong’.”

Jennifer Trostel, whose husband owns Trostel’s Broken Branch, was shocked when Lillie called and told the restaurant to have 549 gift cards ready. The restaurant is so new they didn’t have gift certificates yet – Trostel had to buy them on Amazon.

“You couldn’t even believe what was happening. You were so grateful you started to cry. You couldn’t believe that people would actually want to help you in such a huge way that you can’t even fathom that kind of help.”

As Mayor Lillie said …

“Nobody has a lot to smile about the last few weeks, and this is definitely something to smile about. There’s a lot of families that $150 isn’t going to be a game changer, but it’s still something to make you feel good that there’s good people in the world that are doing good things. It gives you some hope.”


Abandoned baby adopted …

I’ve always applauded those who would take a child who wasn’t their own and raise it just as if it were.  So, I cannot help but applaud this mom, who wishes to remain anonymous, who adopted a baby of a very different sort …

Oh, did I happen to mention that the mom is a cat and the baby is an opossum?  The cat had recently given birth to a litter of kittens, when one day the cat’s human family found a lone baby opossum on their deck.opossum-1 So, the mother cat took the possum in as one of her own.opossum-2She just doesn’t understand why this odd-looking kitten insists on hanging on her all the time.opossum-3Who said that the only ‘good people’ are the ones that walk on two legs?


I hope you found something to brighten your world here and remember to do what you can in these trying times to be a good people to someone else.  It’s the little things that count.

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!

Good People Doing Good Things — Kleenex Is Included

If it’s Wednesday morning, then it must be time for us to go forth and find some … good people!  Guess what?  I found some!  Surprised, aren’t you? 😉  I’m even providing the tissues this week, in case you’ve run out and found the shelves bare at the market.

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And with that Dailey newspaper you get …

Greg Dailey delivers newspapers to homes in the central New Jersey township of Cranbury, but last week he did much more than toss rolled up newspapers.  Many of the people on his paper route are seniors, and after one such woman asked him to start placing the newspaper against her garage, for she was afraid to walk down the driveway to retrieve it, Greg got an idea.  The next day, he placed a note in all 725 newspapers he delivered …

My name is Greg Dailey and I deliver your newspaper every morning. I understand during these trying times it is difficult for some to get out of their house to get everyday necessities. I would like to offer my services free of charge to anyone who needs groceries, household products, etc. I will be shopping at ShopRite and McCaffery’s and can deliver the goods directly to your front door.

He left his number and email address. The response was immediate, and not just with more requests for his new service. Oh, there were plenty of those — nine of them, in fact, on the first day alone. But there were more emails from people who wanted to help the man who had offered his help.

They wanted to send him gas money for his Ford Focus. They offered to leave him food on their doorsteps to his family. Mostly, though, they just wanted to say thank you.  Said one note …

“I know you only by the sound of your car in the morning and your good service, but your offer to help in our community is a step beyond. If you hear a little extra sound when you fly past our house, it will be us applauding and cheering for a good man.”

Greg-Dailey-2Greg’s service quickly became a family affair, with his wife Cherlyn, his three kids — Erin, Sean and Brian — and his mother-in-law Carol Krohn all involved. They used a Google document to keep the groceries organized, with every item highlighted on a receipt. They sort the items into separate bags in their dining room, and for safety, everything is cleaned with disinfectant wipes. Customers reimburse for the items, but there’s no charge for the shopping and delivery.

“Times are tough. Some of us should not be out of the house at all. They need produce. They need medicine. They need toiletries. I told one of the gentlemen, ‘I can stop at the liquor store if you want.’ His eyes went wide.”

Kleenex tissuesThe customers on his newspaper route can count on him. At a time when every community needs people to step up and help the people who need it the most, he delivers.


Handing out … lettuce leaves

Peter Darmos is a lawyer and businessman who lives in Melbourne, Australia, though he emigrated there from Greece as a child.  One day last week, Mr. Darmos happened to pass by the unemployment office, CentreLink, and saw a long line of people waiting to get in to file their claims. centrelinkHe said it made him feel sick to his stomach, and he had to do what he could.  He stopped and gave each of the people waiting in line $100 “to put some bread on the table for their family.”  In all, Mr. Darmos disbursed some $10,000.  He wished to remain anonymous, but somehow that didn’t happen.  He says he’s hoping that others who have the means will follow suit …

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box of tissues“I came here as a six-year-old from a village in Greece and this country has been good to me. We can all hit the Centrelink offices across the country in 30 seconds today and hand out a lettuce leaf to each person in need so they can put some food on the table for their families.”

 


What’s in the envelope?

Skylar Reeves, who owns Rosa’s Pizzeria in Prescott, Arizona, was loading orders for delivery and curbside pickup Tuesday when the woman approached him, handed him the envelope, and then left.  Reeves opened the envelope to find $2,000 in cash and an unsigned note …

“Hi there, As a neighbor and lover of Rosa’s, please accept the enclosed and use it as you see fit for your staff.”

Kleenex tissuesReeves said he was overcome with emotion, as he already has been forced to consolidate his three restaurants, pause his catering company and stop construction on his newest restaurant set to open next month. He also laid off nearly half of his 100-person staff, many of whom are friends, due to the virus.

With the money from the anonymous Good Samaritan, Reeves is asking his employees to bring him the bill that stresses them the most, and he’ll pay those bills with the envelope cash and his own money.


The Rocket Man delivers …

Elton John was in the middle of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour when the coronavirus called a halt to it.  But, not one to let an opportunity pass him by, Elton is instead planning a televised benefit concert to support and pay tribute to medical staff in America who are on the frontlines battling Coronavirus.Elton-2The commercial-free hour-long special, dubbed “Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America,” will air at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) on FOX on Sunday, March 29 and will also be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations as well.

Singer-songwriters including Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw will also make appearances from their homes and be included via clips filmed with their personal cell phones, camera and audio equipment, a release from Fox revealed.

Viewers will be able to make donations during the show, which will go to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.


You all know I don’t watch much television at all, and have never seen the show called The Office, though of course I have heard of it (I think).  One of the stars of that show is named John Krasinski, and he has started a ‘good news’ show on YouTube that I thought was a terrific idea!John-KrasinskiLast week, Krasinski took to Twitter and asked the world to send him any stories that made them feel good or smile.

“For years now I’ve been wondering why is there not a news show dedicated entirely to good news?”

So, he launched “Some Good News” (SGN) on YouTube to share all the heartwarming stories posted in the comments of his Twitter post.


These are challenging times in more ways than one for most all of us on the planet.  I find it particularly heartwarming to see people finding ways to help others, even though they have their own troubles.  We are, after all, all in this together.