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Re: There is good in the world

17 Jul 2018 13:15 in response to woodworm

Lovely reaction when the chips were well and truly down.Guardian Angels to be sure.Hope they were found and could be personally thanked and that the family are all now doing much better, helped in no small way by this act of overwhelming kindness.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

19 Jul 2018 08:55 in response to jules54

Hi folks 

Thanks Jules

Teacher On A Plane Talked About Her Low-Income Students. Passengers Overheard And Gave Her Over $500 In Cash

July 18, 2018

A teacher in Chicago was on a flight to Florida to visit her parents last week when something truly amazing happened.

Kimber Bermudez says she was chatting with the passenger next to her about her job and was asked what her greatest challenge is when it comes to teaching.

"I was honest with him," she recalled. "I told him that working at a low income school can be heartbreaking."

By the time she got off the plane, Bermudez was in tears and holding over $500 in cash from complete strangers.

Bermudez shared the story on her Facebook page:

"I write this in awe of my day yesterday. I was sitting next to a kind man on my Southwest flight 1050. He asked me what I did for a living, and anyone who knows me knows that I am a talker. I began telling him how much I love my job. Teaching is my passion. When he asked me the greatest challenge that I face I was honest with him. I told him that working at a low income school can be heartbreaking. We talked about the world and how no child should ever do without. In 2018 kids should never be hungry or in need of anything. He asked for my work contact information and told me that his company likes to donate items, time, etc for schools such as mine. I was not intending for him to say that, and then gave him my school email. Then something amazing happened...

The man behind me tapped my shoulder. I turned around and he apologized for listening in to my conversation, and he handed me a wad of cash. He told me to 'do something amazing' and sat back down. I was in complete awe that I had touched a stranger. I realized that there was $100 on top, and started to cry. I thanked him and told him how I would buy my students books and give back to the community. I didn't count the money from that man, but I would later find out that he gave me $500.

Then something even more amazing happened. The plane landed and the man on the aisle across from me told me that he listened as well. He said that he didn't have much, but he gave me $20. As if my heart couldn't be any happier the man in front turns around as well. He also handed me money, and said that he only had $10. I started crying on the plane. I told all four men that I would do something amazing for the kids. I was not telling my story to solicit money, and never intended to walk out of that flight with anything other than my carry on. I do however hope that posting this continues the chain reaction of people helping those in need, and especially the children in need. It doesn't have to be a school in Chicago, and any bit helps!

My heart is in complete shock and awe right now. When the world seems crazy there are always good people. I would do anything for my students, and want to thank these strangers. I don't know the name of the man who gave me the $500 or the other generous strangers, but they deserve to be recognized. I am thankful for the good people in this world. No child should ever go without anything. This experience made me want to do more for the kids, and use my gift of speaking to help others in need. I want to pass this story around, and thank those strangers and their amazing hearts!"

Bermudez told The Washington Post a common complaint from her students is that they can't read at home because they don't have any books. She is planning on using the money to buy books they can keep at home, along with backpacks and other school supplies.

Re: There is good in the world

20 Jul 2018 07:33 in response to woodworm

Nice story Brian.  I am sure many of these good deeds would have gone quiety unnoticed in the days before social media but many kind folk exist. Even today I still see many of our local teachers spending their own money on things for their own classrooms to enhance the childrens' learning experience.  Thanks should go to them all. Jules

Re: There is good in the world

23 Jul 2018 09:24 in response to jules54

Hi everyone,

Thanks Jules.

Here is another one I think you will like, Brian.

Man Raises Money For Homeless 'Angel' Who Rescued And Cared For His Missing Dog

July 20, 2018

"Angels walk amongst us..." Rick Moonbeam Darge wrote on ********.

Darge created the crowdfunding page for a homeless man named James who cared for his dog Maya after she went missing.
The 9-month-old rat terrier had run away from home and crossed paths with James who is living out of his car in East Hollywood.

James, who does not own a phone, noticed the number on Maya's dog tag and tracked down a phone to call Darge and let him know his dog was safe and in good care.

"This angel man named James told me that his street name was coincidentally 'Canine'. This man loves dogs and as soon as he got Maya, he fell in love. He's been living out of his car with his pal Andy for months, just trying to get by. James recently lost his own dog a week ago and has been torn up about it ever since. When Maya ran away, it didn't take her long to join the company of some nearby homeless guys setup near my office in East Hollywood. One of those guys was friends with James and knew how hurt he was, so decided to gift Maya over to him, I'm guessing so he could keep her forever. After a few hours, James pulled Maya's harness off and noticed her dog tag with her name and my number on it. James didn't have a cellphone so he had to wait until the next day to call me. I can't truly express the emotions I felt when I finally got that call. I could feel the warmth of James' heart through that conversation. He said that once he saw that she belonged to someone, he was devastated and knew what I was going through.

One thing that stuck out for me the most is when my Mom and I were screaming for joy while holding Maya, James' buddy Andy kept saying to him, 'Look at what you did James. Look at their faces man. You did this.' While Andy is saying this, I see a proud James, tears in his eyes, soaking up this moment of love. I saw a man that was at a crossroads in life. This was a redemption day for him to do the right thing. To be the hero. I felt it. He felt it. We all felt it. It was so powerful of a moment. With tears in his eyes, James told me to pray for him. This is my way of praying for James. So many of you were touched by this story and have asked me how you can help send James some good will. This is the way. I think in James' mind we will never see each other ever again. I have other plans in mind. If you have anything to give today, tomorrow, the next day, please consider donating. A small financial contribution to this man will go way further than you think. I want to help this man. I want to let him know that people are touched by him and his actions so that he can continue to spread that to others. Change starts with mindset. It starts with one person, one at a time. We are all equal and everyone deserves love and to know that they are loved. This entire 36 hour ordeal from separation to reuniting showed me just how much love is amongst all of those around me, both near and far. I love you all and thank you for giving me the best birthday present ever. You gave me hope. Now lets give some of that hope to James. He deserves it."

As of Friday morning, Darge has raised more than $4,000 for James thanks to hundreds of donations.

Re: There is good in the world

24 Jul 2018 08:38 in response to woodworm

Very good story, thanks Brian.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

27 Jul 2018 11:19 in response to jules54

Hi folks, 

Thanks Jule.

Construction Changed A Blind's Man's Route, So His Bus Driver Parked And Helped Him Cross The Road

July 26, 2018

Gene Hubbard is blind but he has been going to work unassisted for the past two decades.

The 69-year-old takes the county bus, alone, to and from his office every workday. Gene knew every step of the way -- until recent road construction threw him off course.

"If I don't have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean," Hubbard told Fox 6 News.

Thankfully, MCTS bus driver Thaddaus Turner sensed his distress. Turner parked the bus in the middle of the road and let Gene take his arm.

Little did he know, a bystander snapped a photo of his act of kindness and posted it on social media.

When the Milwaukee County Transit System got word of Turner's good deed, they located the security footage from inside the bus and posted it to their Facebook page.

"Thad Turner didn't think twice before helping a rider who is blind across the street, but for those that saw it, it was an amazing act of kindness," they wrote.

Turner says the attention he's received has really caught him off guard.

"I was surprised when I saw it in the news," he said. "I didn't think I would be here right now over something that is second nature to me, and my colleagues."

Re: There is good in the world

27 Jul 2018 11:42 in response to woodworm

Lovely act of thoughtulness. Jules

Re: There is good in the world

29 Jul 2018 09:13 in response to jules54

Hi Folks,

Thanks Jules.

Heres another nice bit of human Kindness, Brian

Woman Thinks She Has To Evacuate When Firefighters Arrive, But They Had Other Plans

July 27, 2018

The Ferguson fire in California has been burning since July 13 and has consumed more than 43,000 acres.

The fire "has threatened homes and critical infrastructure and caused power outages and the evacuation of residents," the governor's office said in a statement.

Brenda Ann Marks thought she was going to have to evacuate her cabin again when Turlock firefighters arrived unannounced at her home on Thursday, but the firemen had other plans.

This is what Brenda wrote on Facebook:

"I heard a knock at front door, when opening the door there stood 4 firemen in full gear...I said oh no I have to leave again?

He Instantly replied Nooo ma'am we're here to help you, Is there anything we can do? I thought for a second no sir... I couldn't think of anything.

He then replied so sweetly do you have a lawn mower? Your lawn needs mowing and we want to do it! So one guy head out and mowed my back yard!!"

"Then the other guy said why is your freezer out here on the deck? Oh I said I still have to clean it out it's empty of rotten food...I'm going to do that today!

He replied well I'm going to clean it out for you... do you have cleaning supplies bleach, 409, some rags... I said oh that's ok I can do it.

Low and behold before I knew it two of them pick up my freezer at took it over to the gravel out front. Cleaned it and carried back into my home...stepping over water in hallway."

"I had a ice chest that was leaking water inside the front hallway.... well I'm sure you can guess he took everything out transferring it to a good freezer next to it!

I also had a lot of pieces to the inside of the refrigerator freezer propped up in the hall drying from being cleaned.

Ma'am can I put these pieces back in the freezer for you...and before I knew it he had put everything back in and screwed down all the pieces taken out to get yuk stuff cleaned up."

"I teared up...I thank them all so much for everything from saving all the homes and helping me out here at my Cabin.

God Bless you all!

They all gave me a big hug and said nice to meet you Brenda, Cheyenne and Daphne.

Thank you!"

Re: There is good in the world

29 Jul 2018 13:16 in response to woodworm

A nice read, thank you Brian.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

30 Jul 2018 15:40 in response to jules54

Hi folks, 

Thanks Jules.

Here is a geat one about young children, Brian.

Home Security Cam Captures Kids' Amazing Act Of Kindness

July 27, 2018

A man in Aurora, Colorado shared a video that was recorded on his home's smart doorbell system of three young kids returning a wallet that had $700 cash inside.

"If this doesn't renew or at least refresh your faith in humanity you need help," Jamie Carlton wrote in his Facebook video post.

The kids are seen approaching the front door and appear surprised by the automated recording that asks them to leave a message.

"We found your wallet outside of your car and we just thought we would give it back to you," one of the kids says. "I'm gonna put it over here so no one takes any money."

Then the kids ride off on their bikes.

"These kids are amazing, we would love to find them to reward them and thank them," Carlton added in his post. "Their parents should be so proud of them. Any help finding them would be great."

Re: There is good in the world

3 Aug 2018 07:48 in response to woodworm

Another nice story. Brian, thanks for sharing.  Hope all reading this thread willhave a peaceful weekend.  Jules

Re: There is good in the world

3 Aug 2018 11:43 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

Heres another one, Brian.

Singer Andy Grammer Pays Bill For Elderly Ladies, Then Realizes How Connected We All Are

July 31, 2018

Singer Andy Grammer recently paid the tab for a group of elderly ladies at a restaurant in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

Initially, he planned to leave before they knew their meal was paid, but he felt an urge to walk over and say something before he left.

That's when he realized how connected we all are.

The "Honey, I'm Good" singer and songwriter said he was sitting down at breakfast when he noticed a group of five elderly ladies. They made him really miss his mom.

"Was sitting at breakfast in Hampton Beach and across the restaurant were five SUPER CUTE elderly ladies," Grammer wrote in a Facebook post. "I don't know why but it made me miss my mom hard and I felt a strong urge to pick up their check. I don't know them and didn't want to bother them but I just did it."

Grammer said he wasn't planning on letting them know about his kind gesture, but decided to tell them because he thought they might like to hear that he missed his mother.

It turns out he was right.

"I was just gonna leave cause a lot of times it's better to just do nice deeds without asking for acknowledgment but something felt like I should tell them I missed my mom, like they might like to hear that. So I walked over and said 'you are five of the sweetest ladies I've ever seen, I lost my mom awhile back and something about seeing you made me miss her this morning so I'm getting your check'."

Grammer's inspired action provoked an emotional response from one of the women.

"The lady on the end popped up with arms wide open and said 'COME HERE, I lost my son and really needed this.' And then she gave me a mom hug I needed and I gave her a son hug she needed'."

Grammer concluded his post by saying, "We are all so connected."

Re: There is good in the world

7 Aug 2018 09:14 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

I feel sure there are many cases like the one below that never get mentioned, Brian.

Bus Driver Notices Elderly Man In Distress, Sits Him In The AC And Gives Him Water

August 3, 2018

A bus driver is being praised for his act of kindness toward an elderly man who was showing signs of dehydration on a sweltering hot day in Nevada.

Mike Blair is a bus driver for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

On Monday, a 92-year-old passenger caught his eye.

“It had to be smoking hot out there. Had to have been 110," Blair told KSNV.

"This one gentleman would not board the bus. He seemed like he started to grasp the wall and seemed to be in distress."

After Blair helped him board the bus, he placed the man next to the air conditioner and grabbed a cold bottle of water from his lunchbox.

"I got him, sat down and I said, boy I gotta do something else. I had a bottle of water I brought in my lunchbox, so I got my lunch box out and gave him the bottle of water."

After about 10 minutes, the elderly man was back on his feet and on his way.

"He got off the bus and said 'Thank you.' As he got off he said, 'I'm 92 years old.' Simply amazing," Blair said.

Blair's act of kindness got the attention of another bus rider who snapped a photo and posted it on Twitter.

Keolis threw the bus driver a small party and framed the viral photo for him to have, since Blair is not on Twitter.

"I guess I have to learn how to do Twitter, huh?" Blair joked.

Re: There is good in the world

10 Aug 2018 10:18 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

Here is a great story about a little boy who has give inspiration to many. I have a young grandson who has inspired me over the years. He has lots of problem but wherever he goes, he always make people laugh. He tels me quite often thats why he was born like he was so he couls make people laugh. I losv his attitude, Brian.

A 7-Second Reminder To Never Give Up, Courtesy Of 2-Year-Old Roman Dinkel

August 9, 2018

A 7-second clip of a 2-year-old boy in Loathe, Kansas has inspired millions of people to never give up.

Roman Dinkel, 2, was diagnosed with spina bifida, a defect in an embryo's developing spine, after an ultrasound at 20 weeks.

Despite the odds, his parents were determined to persevere.

On August 1, Whitney Dinkel posted a video on Facebook of her son walking for the first time, which has garnered over 23 million views.

Roman was so excited to show the family dog, Maggie, what he could do.

Whitney and her husband Adam said they have received non-stop messages.

"From random people telling us their story, you know, how they were depressed, or you know, how they were suicidal, or how they were going through these medical situations and to see that he influenced them in a positive way to change their mindset and change their view it's just so heartwarming. It feels like he just gave hope to so many people with a seven-second clip," Adam told CBS News.

Re: There is good in the world

12 Aug 2018 10:57 in response to woodworm

Good morning friends,

Here is a great story, Brian

No One Showed Up To A 4-Year-Old's Birthday, So Chuck E. Cheese Employees Threw Him Another Party

August 11, 2018

Angel Kazanis invited 30 children to her son's fourth birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese and not one of them showed up.

Employees at the New Jersey entertainment center were heartbroken for little Evan, so they threw him another party.

"A week ago, this little boy had his party at Chuck E. Cheese and played alone, and today Evan and his mom are having the best day ever," said worker Taylor Inzinna. "For the past week and a half, I've been making sure I can give them everything this boy deserved."

Inzinna posted on Facebook her desire to give the child a party with presents. Her family members and friends responded, and within a few days, she had 13 gifts.

Inzinna contacted Kazanis and said the store wanted to do something for Evan to make him feel special. She asked if they could they come back in and didn't say a word about the gifts.

"The day he came back in, seeing the smile on his face was everything I wanted," Inzinna said. "I had one goal that day and my goal was to make sure that he left happy. And he left going, 'Oh my God, Mom, this is the best day ever'."

"Thank you so much to everyone who helped me make Evans birthday such a special day," Inzinna wrote on Facebook. "My heart is so full and so, so happy."