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Rock giants Foo Fighters overwhelm Cornish teenager with huge act of kindness

Chloe Salfield, 18, from Truro, was one of the speakers at TEDxTruro in October last year, joining international sensory expert Joanna Grace on stage for a talk about why inclusion should be based on gain and not pity.

Chloe’s mum was looking for ways to help Chloe express her individuality and knowing her love of rock music shared a post on social media to see if anyone had any old tour T-shirts from some of Chloe’s favourite bands, including Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Frank Turner.

After seeing a Twitter post by TEDxTruro, all three acts got in touch straight away with an offer to help. A few weeks later a T-shirt from Frank Turner and bundles of goodies from Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age arrived. Foo Fighters sent T-shirts, hoodies and socks as well as a limited edition tea set featuring a painting of the band. Only 100 Foo Fighter tea sets were made; 70 were sold and 30 kept by the band to give out as special gifts.
Chloe shows Joanna her goodies from the Foo Fighters
Chloe shows Joanna her goodies from the Foo Fighters

Chloe’s mum Ali Tolley said: “Foo Fighters have been so kind, even offering to give us tickets to a gig. Because Chloe is unable to travel far, I suggested that they come to tea with us instead – which is why they sent us the tea set! I’m really overwhelmed with the kindness of Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Frank Turner – it means so much to Chloe and I.”

Joanna Grace added: “It was so important to me to have Chloe by my side on the stage at TEDxTruro. Our talk was about how we can all gain from being more inclusive and I knew that although Chloe can’t use words like me, her personality and presence would shine through and say much more than I could ever express on my own. To know that the video of our talk is being watched by thousands of people around the world – and that it inspired these musicians to be this generous is absolutely brilliant.”

Foo Fighters are known for their acts of kindness, with frontman Dave Grohl dedicating a song at the band’s headline Glastonbury gig last year to a fan who had died from breast cancer.

He also came to the rescue of some other Cornish teenagers two years ago, taking the time to write to Cornwall Council in their defence.

The former Nirvana drummer leapt to the defence of Praa Sands-based Black Leaves Of Envy after the local council put in place strict noise restrictions following complaints from neighbours.

The 30-40 decibel restriction, which Grohl compared to “the level of a dishwasher at 15 meters distance”, means the band will have to stop practising in a family garage.

 

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High school students skip field trip, share random acts of kindness instead

What was supposed to be a field trip day for a group of high school students, turned into a lesson of kindness.
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Flowers are left on a car windshield as part of the Omro students’ random acts of kindness on May 22, 2018 (WBAY photo)

Members of the high school’s Key Club gathered in a park, on a mission.

According to Danielle Schmick, a Key Club co-advisor, “Key Club is a volunteer organization for high school students. It is the sister club of the Kiwanis organization, so we work closely with them, but really what we do is we volunteer for the community and surrounding communities and do what we can in any way we can.”

Instead of taking their annual end-of-the-year field trip to the movies, they decided to spread kindness.

“We were trying to just think of something we could give back to the community,” said Crystal Young, a senior.

With goodie bags in hand, the students took to the streets, visiting businesses and handing out treats, as well as leaving random acts of kindness on cars.

Marie Fehring is a sophomore. She said, “We’re doing candy, then there’s some little items, like for kids, tiaras and My Little Pony things, and then there’s a lot of gift cards.”

The students hand delivered surprises to unsuspecting recipients. It was an experience they appreciated much more than a trip to the theater.

“I’m glad we did this. It made me feel good to help out other people in the community, give them little things,” said Autumn Beck, a sophomore.

Katie Laabs, a senior, added, ‘”I love it! I love that the community gives a lot to us and it just felt really good to give back to the community today and see all the smiles on people’s faces.”

Whether the random acts of kindness were left on a windshield or handed directly to a recipient, it was a gesture that brightened up days.

“They gave us some candy, they gave us some flowers, it was really nice and they gave us a smile too,” said Nathan Erck, one of the recipients.

“We’re like, what’s going on? What are these girls coming in? But it’s nice, very nice. Thank you,” added Lisa Nguyen.

The random acts of kindness even inspired one person to pay it forward, buying the students cookies after receiving their surprise gift.

“We give something and they give something back. It’s just how we should be all the time,” says Lauren Courter, a junior.

 

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Troy Area Schools kindness campaign

There’s a famous saying, ” An act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Doug Ulkins, who was the acting school superintendent when the Parkland shooting occurred, wrote a letter about how important it is to nurture our children. That starts with kindness.

“Project Kind” teaches students to be conscientious and kind to everyone.

In the wake of such a horrific event, community members, thought partnering with the Animal care Sanctuary would be a great way to show kindness.

The Animal Care Sanctuary will receive $1 dollar for every pair of shoes donated.

As for the shoes, they will be sent to disadvantaged countries in the Middle East and Africa. There, they micro companies will sell them, allowing women

Students say they enjoyed the chance to be apart of something bigger themselves.

Though it’s just in its infancy stage, the district says they hope to continue project Kind Campaign as well as their work with the Animal Care Sanctuary, in order to make it apart of their school culture.

Take a note from these students.In a world where you can be anything. be kind.

 

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A student uncovered a secret act of kindness from nearly a decade ago

A nearly decade-old act of kindness is going viral after it was uncovered by a student.

Jacques Ruffin from Orlando, Florida discovered a letter from 2009 from the owner of a music shop, forgiving the debt on a trumpet his mother was buying so he could continue to play.

The letter, sent by the president of Allegro Music Centre, said: “I have decided to forgive the rent on Jacques’ trumpet… I have been through bad times like you. But remember tough times never last, tough people do.”

Ruffin, a 21-year-old student, said: “I stumbled upon the letter while cleaning the hallway closet.

“The letter was addressed to my mother and the owner of the establishment kindly forgave my mother for the debt that she owed them.

“I was in middle school when my mother rented out the trumpet for me. I’ve been playing the trumpet since I was in the sixth grade. I instantly fell in love with it!”

Ruffin said: “I had no knowledge of this letter until I found it in the hallway closet three days ago. The letter touched my heart.

“Reading the letter brought me to near tears and I wondered how life would’ve turned out if it wasn’t for the kindness of James W. Jones. His act of kindness enabled me to participate in band throughout middle and high school.”

The letter now has over 183,000 upvotes on Reddit, with the kind act touching many.

Allegro Music Centre said: “We have been overwhelmed with the positive response, it has been so encouraging and uplifting.

“One thing that we have always wanted to do is have a rental scholarship fund, where we could help more students access music education by either providing a free months rent or a full school year rental based on need.

“This is something we will be setting up in the coming days.”

Ruffin has created a fundraising page for Instruments For Students In Need.

Money raised will be donated to local music and arts programmes.

 

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‘Photo studio’ for migrant workers recognised at Kindness Carnival

When Miss Harriet Koh greeted a migrant worker who was trimming plants in Hong Lim Park, he thanked her profusely, saying he often felt he was invisible here.

That encounter in 2014 touched the photographer, and last December, she set up a pop-up studio for a day in Little India to take free portraits of Indian and Bangladeshi migrant workers.

The initiative, dubbed Portrait for Migrant Workers, attracted 120 migrant workers, who each received two photo prints of their portraits.

Said Miss Koh: “I wanted to give them a chance to feel special… with something tangible to keep for memory’s sake or send home to their family.”

The initiative was one of the 10 ground-up movements which was recognised during the Kindness Carnival on Saturday, launched in conjunction with Kindness Day SG.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu was present to induct the ground-up movements into the Kindred Spirit Circle, which seeks to affirm individuals and groups dedicated to spreading kindness within their community.

Said Miss Koh: “To be recognised for our simple initiative shows that kindness doesn’t have to be elaborate to be meaningful.”

She chose an alley in Little India with colourful walls and together with 20 volunteers, set up studio lights, a laptop and a printer to create the studio.

Said Miss Koh: “When we first approached them, the workers were apprehensive but curious, and after their portraits were taken, they started calling their friends over.

“Some even wanted to change into nicer clothes or shower before having their photos taken.”

“I hope it brought a little happiness for the workers and made them feel welcome in Singapore,” she added.

Cyclove was another initiative which was recognised during the Kindness carnival.

Led by 20 pre-service teachers from the National Institute of Education in partnership with cycling component maker Shimano, Cyclove aims to teach migrant workers to repair bicycles.

Project leader Nicholas Tan, 25, said his team was inspired to start the initiative after interacting with numerous migrant workers who said they wanted to learn a skill to upgrade themselves.

He said: “After learning that cycling was a common mode of transport for workers, we decided to equip them with a skill which is useful in their daily lives.”

Bike repair workshops and cycling cruises to Gardens By The Bay were held during the carnival for 50 migrant workers .

 

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Painted stones aim for kindness

For David, it took five smooth stones to change a nation and defeat Goliath.

Denise Liby’s class has 19 smooth stones and they’re ready to use them to bring small changes to local community members.

Students in Denise Liby’s third grade class at McKinley Elementary School recently painted rocks with the word “kindness.”
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Liby and generous partners are challenging the students to give the rocks away whenever they do something kind for someone and the recipient is expected to pay it forward and pass on the rock.

“The kids have loved the project. They’ve been very excited,” Liby said.

She has told them that they can give it to anyone they know whenever they do something kind for that person.

“It could be if you’re helping somebody at home by doing a chore, or if you’re out and about and you pick up something for someone when you see it’s on the ground,” Liby told them. “You give the rock to them and then they do something nice for someone else and give it to them. It’s a pay-it-forward idea.”

Partnering with donors

The rock project started with Ed Becker, former star of “The Famous Ed Beckerini Show,” as Liby called it, which was a one-man show that went to local schools. Becker, of Abilene, became friends with Liby because of his workouts at Impact Sports and Fitness where Liby works in the evenings.

For nearly two years, Becker has given various items to Liby’s class including magnets, card-size boxes with clip lids (which Liby said the students especially like), matchbox cars, wind chimes, fancy pens and pencil sharpeners, mechanical pencils and small notebooks, calculators, drawstring bags and animal figurines. His most recent gift was a collection of rocks.

“Didn’t they turn out to be super nice rocks?” Liby asked the class on Wednesday morning. The class responded in the affirmative.

After Liby received the rocks from Becker, an individual who requested to remain anonymous told Liby that she had funds from a local church’s Pay It Forward program and would like to use them to do something for Liby’s class. The woman had suggested kindness coins but Liby told her about the rocks, which they realized were much cheaper than purchasing coins and the rocks gave the opportunity for students to be creative in their artwork.

The anonymous individual bought little drawstring bags at Hobby Lobby to hold each rock. The students are also putting in a printed statement that says “Do something kind today, then give this rock away” and the student’s name.

Painting process

Liby started by washing and drying the rocks. Then the students painted them with bright white acrylic paint “because it makes all the other acrylic colors pop” Liby said. The next day they used colored paints and Q-tips which the individual provided as well as paintbrushes Liby already had, to decorate the rocks with their own designs.

For example, Nolan Haslouer who is a fan of the Disney movie “Moana” painted a blue swirl that looks like the heart of Te Fiti which is a prominent symbol in the film. Jaralyn Rush who kindly waters her mother’s plants, decorated her rock with a sunflower, a rose and a bird. Alex Kamhi, another student in Liby’s class, painted a rainbow and a heart.

“Whatever first came up into my mind, I put down on the rock,” Kamhi said. “I like to paint.”

After the students finished painting their designs, Liby came to her classroom several times on a weekend to spray the rocks with five to seven layers of Modge Podge provided through the individual. When the second layer of Modge Podge was still wet, Liby stuck a cutout of the printed word “kindness” onto each stone. Last week she turned the rocks over and gave the other side a good spraying.

“It was no problem to come back to the room to spray the rocks especially with everything donated,” Liby said. “I really wanted those little ‘kindness’ stickers to stay on.’”

Receiving kindness,

giving it away

Early in the process, the woman who had the Pay It Forward funds paid a visit to Liby’s class where she partnered with Liby in speaking to the students about the value of kindness and the importance of the project. Another day, she left treats with Liby: two chocolate chip cookies and a juice box for each student.

Liby explained to the class that the woman wanted to give to them because she knew they were going to give to others.

“I said ‘See how she was kind to us?’” Liby recounted. “Helping them think outside themselves is hard. Thinking of others is even hard for adults sometimes.”

Developmental milestones

Liby said it is developmentally typical for third-graders to be “pretty ego-centric” but projects like this one help students to start thinking about how they can bless others, rather than simply getting their own needs met.

She said she hopes the kindness rocks continue to be passed on and that some of them come back around to the students’ circles of awareness so they can see the ripple effect.

“If they’re at church, the pool, or the library over the summer and they hear someone talking about ‘this rock’, that would be cool,” Liby said. “And if an adult sees this kindness coming their way from a child, I think it could have a great impact.”

 

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Burnley couple overwhelmed by kindness following honeymoon nightmare

A grateful Burnley couple have said they have been “overwhelmed” by the kindness of local people pledging to help them pay for a $38,000 medical bill, incurred when their dream honeymoon to Florida turned into a nightmare.

Lifelong cystic fibrosis sufferer Ryan Salmon was struck down with an infection part through his honeymoon in America with wife Chloe, but the couple were later shocked to discover their insurers Yorkshire Bank refused to pay the medical bill presented by the Orlando hospital in which he was treated.

When the couple from Brunshaw were told their insurers would not pay out because their forms had not been updated, Chloe and Ryan’s sister Claire Layfield set up a GoFundMe page, which has since raised £11,000 including a £3,000 donation from an old school friend of Ryan’s.

A grateful Claire told the Burnley Express: “Ryan, Chloe and all our family are so thankful for all the kind donations so far.

“Ryan also received a lot of goodwill messages which he said brought him to tears.

“When I set up the page I never ever thought it would reach such a thought. I thought at first it might pay for any extra flights they may have had to book.

“We are all gobsmacked by the generosity of everyone who has donated.

“Thankfully, Ryan has now been declared fit to fly home, and they should be back in the UK in the early hours of Wednesday.

“Ryan will then have to go to Wythenshawe Hospital to be checked over. What should have been a dream honeymoon just became a nightmare but we are glad they are coming home well now.”

Claire said she hoped Ryan and Chloe’s experience would be a warning to other people travelling abroad to check thoroughly everything on their insurance forms.

“I would people going abroad to check everything on their insurance forms. Any little loophole could be exploited. This has been an awful experience but it might stop another family in the future suffering the same.”

 

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Texas man shielding sun for elderly woman sparks several acts of kindness

For the past month or so, Louis Jordan, 35, has been going to pick up his mother almost every afternoon at her job in downtown Houston at the city’s Solid Waste Management department after working a full day himself at UPS.

As he waits for his mother, Vernette Botts, Jordan also began noticing an elderly woman, “Miss Michelle,” waiting for the METRO Lift, a free paratransit service, to pick her up and take her home. The lift has typically been late and the weather has been typically hot. So, since April, he has been shielding Miss Michelle from the sun with an umbrella he stashed in his car.

But on April 27, something about this ritual was a little different. A police officer entered the scene, watching Jordan as he approached Miss Michelle. He later told Botts that he wasn’t sure if her son was going to snatch the elderly woman’s bag and he wanted to keep an eye on things. Jordan’s mother took out her cell phone, both taking a picture for future evidence, if need be, while also capturing her son’s simple act of kindness. She posted the photo — of her son, Miss Michelle and the police officer — on her Christian ministry Facebook page, writing “My Samaritan Son.” The image has since gone viral and now, Jordan is being hailed a hero. What’s even more amazing is that people who have seen his good works are paying it forward in remarkable ways.

“I’m really surprised,” Jordan said by phone on Friday. “I really didn’t invite this fame.”

For Jordan, doing acts of kindness is just how one should live life. “I know,” he said. “I’ve been down and out myself. It doesn’t take a lot. I just do what I can do.”

He said he’s inspired by God and the teachings of the church. “I pray every day that God will allow me to be closer to Him,” Jordan said.

What his mother likes to remember is the time during Hurricane Katrina, when Jordan walked seven miles to retrieve his grandmother from the high waters. Or the time when he hopped out of the car to push a man in a wheelchair all the way home. His bosses at UPS tweeted they were so proud of him and weren’t surprised by his kind behavior. Jordan and his mom have gotten their 15 minutes on TV. And the police officer later told Botts that her son showed him that “there are still good people out there.”

As for Miss Michelle, with whom Jordan has a shared love of pork chops and a newfound friendship, her life has improved, too. Officials at METRO Life told Jordan’s mother that the drivers would not be late for her again.

“That’s all I really wanted,” Jordan said.

 

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Woman travels across America to collect stories of human kindness from strangers

It was a day of unimaginable tragedy when the Sandy Hook shooting happened. Mary Latham called her mom who at the time was a patient at New York’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. On that same day, one of her co-workers got a free cup of coffee at Starbucks after a man decided to pay it forward giving the barista 100 dollars “He came into work with his coffee and told me you should have come with me. You know I kind of ignored him and was focused on the news and said I couldn’t afford it and he said well it was free,” said Mary Latham

Mary was focused on the negatives, but during the call with her mother, who only had weeks to live told her to focus on the free coffee “she said Mary you got to focus on that coffee story. You know what a cool thing that-that guy did that. You know there will be tragedies and things, but there’s always going to be more good out there.”

Shortly after Mary’s mother passed away. Mary and the rest of her family were sitting in a hospital waiting room devastated. It was the worst week of her life and seeing other families in the same position didn’t make it any easier. But Mary decided to make a book about hope and kindness that could offer people some comfort across the country. A book for hospital waiting rooms. She started a Facebook page called the Grattitude Project, but the stories slowly stopped coming in. She decided to go out and look for the stories herself and hit the road in search of more good.

23,000 miles, 96 homes, and 18 months later, Mary is in Washington state. She pulled up in her mom’s ten-year-old Subaru named “Old Blue.” It’s the 27th state she has visited to collect stories of hope and kindness “You stay with one person, and then they know someone else. Or you throw something up on social media and say you’re going here and ten people reach out and say I know someone here, here or here it’s constantly people reaching out to welcome you in their homes,’ said Mary.

The stories Mary has collected during her trip range from very small acts of kindness to organ donations “It makes me really realize what these little things we are all capable of doing that we can be doing them more and what a massive impact they have on people around us. It’s just any kind of stories of the good.”

Mary will continue her trek across America until she has reached all 50 states “There’s no story that’s too small, and you never know who you can inspire.”

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Random Act Of Kindness To Police Officers On Duty During Pembroke Protest

With the Maltese police left stunned by the hit-and-run assault on officer Simon Schembri, an assistant commissioner has publicly thanked a Pembroke resident for a small gesture of gratitude to the force.

During yesterday’s protest against plans for a skyscraper on the site of the former ITS, a Pembroke resident approached three police officers who were deviating traffic from the crowds and offered them cups of steaming hot coffee.

And the gesture didn’t go unnoticed, with assistant commissioner Martin Sammut taking to Facebook to publicly thank the woman.

“Your gesture may have been a small one, but it was significant and much-appreciated when you consider the sadness several police officers are passing through,” Sammut said. “I don’t know you, but as the highest-ranking officer present yesterday, I would like to thank you on behalf of my colleagues.”

On Saturday, police officers will take part in a historic rally in Valletta to express solidarity with Simon Schembri’s family and to pressure the authorities to improve their work conditions.

Announcing the rally yesterday, Police Officers’ Union president Sandro Camilleri said that police officers must be paid higher salaries and equipped with body cams and that the law must provide effective prison sentences for people who assault police officers.

 

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