Hi Chriss, thanks for sharing this bittersweet story on this thread; an emotional read but shows that love and thoughtfulness go hand in hand. Jules
Thanks Brian, the benefactor will have put smiles on many faces and nice to know that the stock would find new homes. The sceptic in me also realises that the 'creditors' of the company would welcome the monetary imput even ifnot early enough to save the store. Hope there were stories like this when the UK stores shut.So many high streets looking forlorn these days.
Good to read the positive stories this thread brings. Jules
Thanks Chriss and Jules.
Here is another good story, Brian.
School Cafeteria Worker Feeds The Hungry Well After Lunch Hour Ends
For the last 26 years, Debra Davis has served students and still found time to cook for the homeless.
Debra Davis works hard feeding the students at Hoover High School in San Diego. After serving food all day, she drives her 1976 Chevy Malibu around the city looking for homeless people to feed.
Because Debra is so selfless, the school district recently surprised her with a new car.
In an interview with CBS News, Steve Hartman asked Debra, "What does it mean to you that faculty of the staff, the kids all wanted you to have this gift?"
Debra began to cry. "That I'm making a difference," she replied.
Came across this and although its an old story, It just goes to show what a little act of kindness can do, Brian.
She Heard A Woman Ask For A Table For One. What She Did Next Is Wonderful
August 11, 2015
With people constantly on their smartphones, many fear that the human connection will soon be lost. That's why this story is so inspiring.
Brook Ochoa of Louise, Texas, was walking into a restaurant for lunch and held the door open for the woman behind her. When she heard the woman request a "table for one," she asked the stranger if she would like to dine together.
The woman was "ecstatic" and their resulting meal together was the beginning of an unexpected friendship.
Brooke posted on Facebook about their conversation, where she learned that the woman, Delores, had been through some hard times.
"Today I Went to eat at a restaurant for lunch and I saw this elder lady coming from afar so I waited to hold the door for her, she was very thankful and sweet. She then told the waitress, "table for one", so I waited and hesitated but then I walked over and said, "I'm eating by myself too would you like to have lunch together?" She was ecstatic! Come to find out she spent the last decade living with her mom who recently passed away and her aunt who recently was put into a nursing home, so she has been having a hard time being alone. We had a wonderful talk, and she just kept smiling and saying thank you for listening to me, which made me smile too! Her words healed my heart just as much as I healed her lonely one. By far the best decision I've made all year!!! Her name is Delores, and we will be having lunch every Thursday from now on."
Her wonderful act of kindness struck a chord with many, receiving more than 2 million likes and more than 270,000 shares.
Brooke added, "... all I wanted was to make a difference in one persons life... to be kind, to do better, to see that being there for someone else can fill your heart with just as much happiness too. It was never a boast, just a post that i thought would make others take a step back, make a change and smile. [I'm] glad that is exactly what happened."
Thanks Brian, like both these 'feel good' stories. Always good to know there are people being kind and thoughtful to others.I never mind sharing a table if someone else is willing and think it's socially a great idea.
Do you search American News as notice that a great many of your posts eminate from there? Jules
Hi Ian, Nice to see you posting and hope all is okay with you. Am keeping okay and having not long returned from a week's holiday in our fantastic summer (so far) all is pretty good just now although on tenterhooks awaiting arrival of grandchild no. 4!! Take Care. Jules
Good morning folks,
Thanks Ian and Jules.
Here is one I came across today, Brian.
Teacher In India Buys A Bus And Picks Up Students Every Morning So No One Drops Out Of School
July 8, 2018
Many kids in Baarali village in Udupi, India drop out of school due to the nearly 2-mile trek through forest to reach the school.
So, one of the school's teachers bought a bus and now drives the kids to and from school to ensure they get a good education.
"There are no roads from the houses of the children to the school. There is a mud path through the forest and most of the girl students began dropping out as their families were scared of allowing their children to walk for a total of 6 km to and from school," said Rajaram, the science and math teacher at Baarali Government Higher Primary School.
Saddened by the state of affairs, Rajaram reached out to Vijay Hegde, an alumnus of the school who runs a property management company in Bengaluru.
"Every week at least five to six students were not turning up. I called up one of our former students – Vijay Hegde and proposed the idea of buying a bus to pick up and drop the children," Rajaram said.
About six months ago, Hegde, another alumna of the school and Rajaram pooled in money and bought a bus for the school.
Rajaram could not afford to pay a bus driver, so he decided to drive the bus himself.
"I live on the meager salary of a government school teacher. I could not afford to pay for a driver. Hence, I decided that I would learn how to drive the bus and do the task myself," he told The News Minute.
Every morning, Rajaram leaves home early in the morning and completes four pick-up trips.
"The school starts at 9.30 am and I make sure that all students are on time. There are three teachers including me and a headmistress in our school. One of the teachers comes to school before the students from the first trip reach school. The teachers stay back in school until all the students are dropped off and I come back to park the bus," Rajaram says.
Rajaram also spends money from his own pocket on vehicle insurance and gas for the bus.
Rajaram says after the pick-up and drop facility began, the school's attendance increased from 50 to 90.
Now, he wants to construct a track for the school so the kids can participate in sports.
"I am thinking of constructing a fence around the school and also a track so children can practise sports. The problem is I don't have enough money. I have reached out to the alumni of the school and asked if they will help. So far, there is money trouble but I am sure we will surpass that hurdle as well. The children will be motivated to attend classes if there are sports and other activities."
Here is one that definately belongs on here. Brian.
3-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Serves As Flower Girl At Bone Marrow Donor's Wedding
July 13, 2018
A 3-year-old cancer survivor served as the flower girl for a bride who saved her life.
Skye Savren-McCormick walked down the aisle at Hayden Hatfield Ryals' wedding, who was Skye's bone marrow donor.
Months after her transplant, Skye's parents received a letter from Hayden asking if Skye would be the flower girl at her June 9 wedding.
After Skye's doctors gave her a clear bill of health, she and her parents made the trip to Alabama.
Hope you like this one, Brian.
After Saving His Life, These Firefighters Returned To Finish Laying His Sod
July 10, 2018
The Pasco County Fire Rescue in Florida arrived at the home of Greg Work on Saturday after receiving an emergency call that Work was having a heart attack.
Greg's wife Melissa posted the amazing story about what happened that day in hopes to get the members of the fire department recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty.
"I don't know how to start this, but PLEASE read and PLEASE PLEASE share!!!!!
Before my husband had his massive heart attack, he was working on the sod with my amazing brother-in-law. That is what triggered and set it off. We had just received our last 4 palettes and were going to finish it. It's been my husband's biggest stress as our HOA date to fine us a huge amount was getting closer."
"While he was having his heart attack, literally in and out of consciousness, he kept begging me to figure out the sod and have it put down because he didn't want it to go to waste and die. It's ALL he kept asking about literally during a massive heart attack. LOL. I calmed him and kept saying '***** will help us. It's ok. ***** will figure this out babe'."
"We were sent off to the hospital and my incredible brother-in-law (who witnessed the heart attack) stayed back with my 2 year old niece. He was planning on staying there by himself until midnight to get it finished. He finished getting the old grass out and then began laying a few rows of the new sod.
As he was laying it, he heard huge trucks driving back down the road. He turned around and saw the fire truck and ambulance had come back. He was confused and thought they were coming to check on him. Before he knows it, 7 firefighters and EMT's jumped out, put on gloves and said they came back because they knew Gene was in serious trouble and they wanted to lay the new sod so it didn't die. They knew he wouldn't be able to do any work for weeks so they came back.
They came back!!! They saved his life, dropped him off and then cared enough to save our GRASS!!"
"They didn't know our HOA was going to fine us.
They didn't know that this guy's wife (Me) is about to fight for my own life during my bone marrow transplant next month.
They didn't know that my husband pawned his favorite gun to pay for the sod that he thought was going to die.
They didn't know all we have been through as a little family."
"They simply saw someone in need, something in need and did this for us. This wasn't in their job description.
We have no words. Just sobbing."
"PLEASE help us get these men honored! PLEASE help us find them so we can thank them!!!"