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Employee who showed kindness to shopper with autism is gifted $110,000 for college

Every few weeks, a feel-good story makes its rounds on the internet and garners its subjects their 15-minutes of online fame. We read the stories, experience a brief flicker of faith in humanity, and then move on, never to consider those people again.

That’s what makes the story of a Baton Rouge supermarket employee—who invited a shopper with autism to help him stock groceries—quite different.

See, this story has a follow-up, and it’s just as heartwarming as the original story itself. The young supermarket employee, Jordan Taylor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, inspired so many people with his kindness toward a customer with autism that a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $110,000 to send him to college.

Fox News reports a GoFundMe spokesman says it’s currently the most popular campaign on the site.

The customer Taylor helped is named Jack Ryan, and his sister is the individual who launched the GoFundMe page to thank Taylor for being so kind to her brother. She writes: “Jack Ryan was watching Jordan stock the coolers when Jordan asked Jack if he’d like to help. The smile on Jack’s face said all of the words that he couldn’t.

Jack and Jordan stocked the coolers as a team, Jordan encouraging Jack Ryan as he finished each task.”

According to the GoFundMe description, Taylor is interested in math and might like to be a teacher after graduating college.

 

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Get a Free Lunch in Return for an Act of Kindness

When you pledge an act of kindness at the Gosh! Kindness Cafe, you will be rewarded with a free lunch…

Plant-based food brand Gosh! has opened a Kindness Café on London’s South Bank for just two days!

Kindness is the only currency you’ll need on 26 and 27 July – pledge an act of kindness and get a Gosh! Plant Pot in return.
Gosh! Kindness Cafe in London

Pledge an act of kindness for a free meal presented by Gosh!

Sweet potato pakoras, falafel bites and other tasty food items will be served to anyone who commits to an act of kindness.
Why is Gosh! doing this? Because they think the world should be a kinder place.

If you share your act of kindness on Instagram and tag @goshfreefrom, you will also be entered to win a month’s supply of Gosh! goodies.

All are free from major allergens and perfect for a summer picnic.

Whether your act of kindness is big or small, Gosh! will be dishing out free food from 11am-3pm on both days.

After closing up in London, the Kindness Cafe will move on to Dublin and then Liverpool.

 

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Gulfport’s new Kindness Rock garden at Bayou View Park

Kindness rocks: that’s why an all new rock garden has been put into place at Bayou View Park in Gulfport.

The garden consists of brightly colored rocks, covered with messages of comfort and encouragement. Visitors in need can take a rock or leave one for someone else to find.

The garden is a joint project between the city and the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi and it is part of a growing trend.

Kay Daneault with the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi said, “It’s something that’s been going on around our country. The concept is basically you just paint some rocks.

You can put a rock anywhere for someone else to pick up and find.

It can have just colors on it or some sort of little positive saying or art.

However you want to do it, but it’s just something that someone can pick up to know that someone else out there might be thinking about them.”

While you’re checking out the rock garden at Bayou View Park make sure to stop by their Little Free Library as well.

 

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Hair salon hosts free haircuts as part of acts of kindness for Garrett Sands

play salon and spa” offered free haircuts for kids today.

they hoped to send at least 50 kids back to school with a fresh look. kids also received school supplies at the event today.

the salon is one of the latest to get behind the “garrett sands kindness project”.

the push promotes random acts of kindness — in memory of sands who was killed earlier this year.

“we can join together through anything. through any kind of sorrows. you know we’ve had a lot in terre haute here lately and it’s just you know a great way to mend.” sands’ mother normally spearheads the projects.. this one was started by the salon itself.

 

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Germantown Police challenge residents to commit random acts of kindness

You may have dumped freezing water over your head as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And chances are you’ve seen plenty of police officers lip-syncing their way through popular songs on YouTube.

But now, the Germantown Police Department is asking you to get involved in another kind of challenge that will directly improve the lives of those around you: Show an Act of Kindness.

“This challenge is to go a little above and beyond your normal way of life,” Police Chief Peter Hoell explained in a Facebook post. “Deliberately do something kind for someone, it can be as simple as opening a door for someone, smiling and asking ‘truly how are you?'”

Hoell offered other suggestions, as well, including donating lightly worn children’s clothing to local initiatives like Our Kids Closet. It could even be something as simple as not giving someone the finger when they cut you off in traffic, he said.

Share your act of kindness in a post on the Germantown Police Department’s Facebook page to encourage and inspire others to pass on the challenge.

Those who would like to remain anonymous can send a private message to the page, and the department will take care of posting without a name.

Besides posting your own acts of kindness, you are encouraged to recognize kind acts you’ve seen others doing.

The department got the ball rolling by recognizing residents who spent the better part of their Saturday at Pick ‘n Save selling food and police-related items to raise money for the police department’s K9 unit and honor guard.

“They never want recognition or anything in return, they just want to help,” said the department’s post.

Find the Germantown Police Department page on Facebook to see other acts of kindness.

 

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Print Recording of kids’ ‘amazing’ act of kindness captures hearts

An Aurora, Colorado homeowner shared “amazing” video of a group of good-hearted kids doing the right thing when they found a wallet.

As they rode their bikes home from a park, they spotted something sitting underneath a car.

“It was like a black wallet and it was obvious because it was like, under the car.”

Facebook user Jamie Carlton shared doorbell video of the July 17 incident when the three kids found the wallet, containing $700. The video had been shared thousands of times.

The kids approached the front door and rang the doorbell, appearing to be surprised by the recording that asked 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 children said. “I’m gonna put it over here so no one takes any money.”

Haylie, Ashley and Reagen knew they were doing the right thing, but are having a hard time understanding why everyone thinks it’s such a big deal. Still, they admit that things could have gone much differently if they hadn’t seen the wallet.

“Not very many kids our age would give back a wallet full of money.”

“If this doesn’t renew or at least refresh your faith in humanity you need help. These kids are amazing.” Carlton wrote.

 

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Bendigo tradie speaks out after viral act of kindness at Maccas

The Bendigo tradie whose random act of kindness went viral this week has explained why he did it.

David Love, from Bendigo, Victoria, saw 88-year-old Bert sorting through his coins at a McDonald’s counter and jumped in to pay for his coffee – as well as give him an extra twenty bucks for the next few.

A video of the encounter, stealthily filmed by his girlfriend, was shared on social media and has already clocked over one million views.

Love appeared on the TODAY Show with partner Melanie Langley this morning, crossing live from his chilly hometown.

“Nothing made me want to help him, it’s just who I am,” he told hosts Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic.

“I’d seen him with a handful of coins – and you’ve only got a handful of coins in your pocket if you’ve emptied your savings.

“I stepped in and said, ‘Put your coins in your pocket, I’ve got it for ya, I’ll cover this.’

“He just said to me, ‘I’m down on my last twenty bucks.’ So that broke my heart – he’s a lovely old man.

“So I just did what us Aussies do. We’re Aussies, that’s what we do… I’m no different than anybody else.”

Langley told TODAY she missed most of the moment, but started filming when she “heard a commotion at the counter”.

“I got the good bits!” she added.

Love said his life hasn’t changed too much as a result of his newfound viral fame –just a bit less sleep, and a million new Facebook friends.

“I’ve been inundated with lovely messages from around the globe. And every single one of them was special and I’ve read ‘em all,” he said. “It’s just made me realise how many people there are in the world.”

He was also happy to give the tradie rep some good press, after a recent, tragic king-hit in Frankston, Victoria.

“There seems to be so much bad news in the world lately,” he said. “Don’t let a tradie wreck the life of us good tradies – there’s some good people out there.”

Love said his new friend was a pretty modest guy. “I hope the old fella’s not too upset and deterred by all the attention,” he said.

Then Karl and Georgie let him know McDonald’s has now offered to give the man free coffee for a year.

“I might have to run into him now, and get a free coffee off him!” he said.

Classic.

 

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This Kindness App Pairs People With Problems to Neighbors Who Have the Specific Solution

In this day and age, we may feel too shy to knock on our neighbor’s door and ask for a cup of sugar – but thankfully, there is now an app for that.

Chummy is an app that allows people to ask for help with things they may need – whether it’s borrowing a cat carrier, renting a car spot for a month, moving houses, or searching for a lost pet.

Other people who are using the app in the community can see the post and offer up their own assistance.

“Like the ‘Bat Signal’ in the real world, we unite caring individuals who enjoy paying it forward and making the world a better place,” says the company.

While social media may offer up some alternative help, there are often limitations that come with certain online communities. The app, however, depends on people’s proximity and willingness to help.

“Chummy makes possible what other social media networks do not: It helps people to develop real-life connections, based on trust and mutual support within your city,” says the app’s website. “Reciprocal help, kind hearts and open minds are our pillars.”

Since the app was launched in 2016, there are now almost 65,000 users and almost 25,000 “thank yous” issued for completed help requests.

If you’re interested in joining the Chummy community, the app is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.

 

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Volunteers rescue a donkey

Volunteers rescued and treated an abandoned stray donkey in the upscale Sector F-7 of the capital on Tuesday as calls were made for raising awareness on animal rights in the society.

Help Welfare Organisation (HWO) Animal Rescue — a group of volunteers working to help stray, abandoned and injured animals in the capital — said that they had received a call on Tuesday about the abandoned animal which appeared to be in poor health.

“It seems the donkey had been abandoned since it was no longer able to carry heavy loads due to its old age and poor health,” said Sunil Jamil, the founder of the volunteer animal rescue organisation.

Responding to the call, he said that they found the donkey lying by the roadside in Sector F-7 with most of his teeth lost and his right leg not functioning.

“This was a case of abandonment and animal cruelty,” he said.

The group treated the animal for wounds and then moved him to a farm where two other rescued donkeys reside.

“These animals have to be rescued because when they are not able to work anymore, they are killed for their hide and meat,” Jamil said, adding, “each and everything of a dead donkey is sold.”

The group also informed officers at the Kohsar police station about the recovery of the donkey and the state it was in.

Police allowed the group to treat the animal, and shift it to a farmhouse located on the outskirts of the capital.

Jamil said that they receive calls about injured cats and dogs, most of those who have suffered a road accident, on a daily basis.

“We receive 10 to 15 cases of injured dogs every day,” he says. In most cases, the volunteers treat these animals and set them free. But sometimes, we keep them at the farm and get them adopted by those who would care for such animals,” he said.

Apart from cats and dogs, Jamil said they have rescued and treated donkeys, mules, kites, foxes, jackals, horses and even snakes.

“There is a need to raise awareness of animal rights. People who are kind to animals are also kind to other people. These things should be included in curricula,” Jamil advocated.

Over 50 donkeys were provided help this year alone.

 

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Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen remembered for his humanity and kindness

Hundreds of mourners filled St. James Cathedral in Seattle on Wednesday to pay their respects to Archbishop Emeritus Raymond G. Hunthausen, who led the Seattle archdiocese from 1975 to 1991. He died July 22 at age 96.

The mourners filled every available space in the pews at St. James Cathedral, and the extra chairs, and the benches alongside the wall.

So it would have been more than 1,250 people who Wednesday came to pay their respects at the funeral mass for Archbishop Emeritus Raymond G. Hunthausen, who died July 22 at age 96.

Among them was Mercy Lazo, 53, a nurse from Burien. She hadn’t expected so many people to show up. But they did.
Hunthausen–Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen poses in Seattle. (12/3/1985) A.P.
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Lazo had only heard about this man. “He brought a lot of lay people into the service,” she said. He was a humble man, she said, and that’s why she was here.

Those attending came from all ethnicities; some wore formal dress outfits; some came in summer shorts. Their ages tended to be middle years and above.

Those old enough had personal memories of the man. They talked about the archbishop’s causes on behalf of a broader role for women within the church, and for nuclear disarmament.

Among the photos displayed at a social event afterwards with snacks was one of the archbishop speaking at a 1982 peace rally near the nuclear-armed Trident submarine base at Bangor.

But it was the small moments that many remembered.

Terry Scheuer, 67, of Kenmore, told of taking his three daughters to his North End parish to meet the by-then retired archbishop, who happened to be visiting.

“I told them he had been my spiritual mentor — his humanity and kindness,” remembered Scheuer.

He remembered telling his daughters that this was “Archbishop Hunthausen.”

 

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