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West Ham captain’s extraordinary acts of kindness

It’s fair to say West Ham midfielder Mark Noble takes his captain’s responsibilities seriously.

The 30-year-old has been at the club since he was 12, amassing more than 350 appearances.

Known for his combative style, he gives his all whenever he crosses the white line.

However, he’s revealed he also goes the extra mile to make sure every one of his colleagues is looked after.

 

monthly act of kindness

Noble, whose side face Bournemouth at home today, has lifted the lid on his monthly act of kindness, explaining how he makes sure players’ bonuses are shared with staff.

Speaking to Jamie Redknapp in an interview for the Daily Mail, he said: “I want West Ham to do well. For the fans, for the chef, for Shirley in the kitchen, who was here before your dad (Harry Redknapp) was manager, for Jimmy Frith who comes in to help the coaches every day, keeps things ticking over and has been doing so since John Lyall brought him in.

“I’ve known these people since I first came to the club. I want the very best for this club. I make sure out of the players’ bonuses, every staff member shares in that bonus. We can’t do it without them.”

 

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Family left speechless at random act of kindness of mum who lost baby in tragic accident

When Kyle Jauregui recently went to pick up his younger sister’s birthday cake, he was met with a bittersweet surprise.

On arriving at the bakers, he learnt that Madison’s cake had already been paid for – by a complete stranger.

Act of kindness

It was a touching act of kindness , but, as it turned out, not a random one.

The cake had been paid for by a lady known simply as “McKenna’s mum” – as part of a gesture she had been making for a while, and for a heartbreaking reason.

While Madison is set to celebrate turning 11, McKenna Jodell Fox would have turned ten on the same day.

McKenna was only nine-months-old in 2008, when she was crushed by a falling TV set as her family prepared to move house.

It’s a painful occasion for her mum, but one which she has transformed into something positive.

The cake she bought was accompanied by a card which read as follows:

“Dear Birthday Girl Family,

“In honour of my daughter’s 10th birthday I have chosen your birthday cake to pay for.

“Each year I do this random act of kindness because I am unable to buy my daughter a cake of her own.

“Today is her big double digit birthday. Please enjoy your day.”

By Kyle’s own admission, the whole family was left speechless.

“We just want to say thank you to McKenna’s mom,” he wrote, “and wish McKenna a Happy Birthday. There’s still good in this world.”

 

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Craft Shop’s ‘Random Tokens of Kindness’ meant to reward good deeds

A project at Southern Illinois University Carbondale aims to encourage more gratitude and random acts of kindness on campus and in the community.

At SIU’s Craft Shop, volunteers can make clay tokens of appreciation, which they can then pass along to people who have done good deeds.

Random Tokens of Kindness

A “Random Tokens of Kindness” workshop — part of SIU’s Salukis in Unity program — will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Craft Shop, which is located in the basement of the SIU Student Center.

The Craft Shop first established the project in 2012 after the death of art student Nate Morrow.

“He was a student worker, and he was there one day and gone the next. It was such a shock. We were trying to figure out what we could do,” said Craft Shop Coordinator Ron Dunkel.

Around the same time, Dunkel was seeing a lot of violence around the country and the SIU campus.

“We wanted to reward kind acts, because all the bad acts seemed to get all the publicity. So it was our feel-good, daisy-chain, pass-along Random Token of Kindness,” he said.

 

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‘Wanted’ for Acts of Kindness

David Talpes didn’t think anything of it at the time. The Georgia man said he was just happy to be chatting with neighbors and meeting new people as he used his specialist all-terrain vehicle to tow cars up an icy hill all day.

However, many people in the County Hall neighborhood were touched—even more so after the story was boosted by social media.

The county sheriff’s office posted pictures to its Facebook page on Wednesday, Jan. 17, asking for help identifying the man they said had been out there all day helping in the Flowery Branch neighborhood.

In the close-knit community, it didn’t take long.

Social Media

Talpes told Channel 2 that at first, he didn’t have any idea he was being watched.

“Some lady came out and said, ‘Can I take your picture?’” he said.

“Next thing I know, I’m all over social media.”

Talpes said his all-terrain vehicle, with its massive wheels, isn’t allowed to be driven on regular streets—except in emergencies.

He thought the icy conditions in Hall County on Wednesday qualified as such an emergency. Fortunately for him, the local sheriff agreed.

 

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Act of kindness in aftermath of Dunkirk was rewarded

In the immediate aftermath of the Dunkirk evacuation in June 1940, Gillingham tailor Arthur Shephard was returning from a trip to Dorchester when he pulled over in his Austin 10 to offer a ride to a bedraggled young soldier thumbing a lift to get back to his barracks in Warminster.

Desperate need of assistance

As a veteran of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign of the First World War, Arthur recognised a kindred spirit in desperate need of assistance.

The young soldier, who was soaked to the skin, was among thousands who had been evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk just a few hours earlier. He had landed somewhere on the south coast and was urgently trying to rejoin his unit.

Arthur very kindly drove the soldier to his shop in Gillingham and gave him a change of dry clothes before taking him on to Warminster, a round trip of some 60 miles out of his way. Both acts of kindness were notable at a time when clothing and petrol were rationed.

Arthur thought nothing more about the matter until some six months later, in December 1940, when an unexpected parcel arrived, together with an accompanying letter.

It transpired that the young soldier whom Arthur had so kindly helped was Eric Robinson, the 27-year-old eldest son of Harold Robinson, owner of Royal Crown Derby, in Osmaston Road, Derby.

And it was clear from the letter and accompanying porcelain china tea set that he was very appreciative of Arthur’s act of kindness.

Despite the misspelling of Arthur’s name and lack of detail in the address, thanks to Royal Mail and the greatly reduced size of the population in Gillingham at the time, the parcel still made it to the intended recipient.

The letter

The letter read: “Dear Mr Shepherd (sic), I am writing to say how very much my family and self appreciate your magnanimous gift to my son when he saw you a day or two after his return from Dunkirk and, although he came as a complete stranger, you made him a present of shirts, pants, socks and sundry things.

“Words almost fail to adequately recognise such kindness. As a memento, I shall be glad if you will accept the China tea set of our make which I am sending you by post today, yours very sincerely, HT Robinson.”

 

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A hospital director has received worldwide praise for his simple act of kindness

A HOSPITAL director has received worldwide praise for his simple act of kindness when he gave his shoes to a patient.

David Stacey, who works at North Middlesex University Hospital, was at a meeting when he came across Frank Stocksley, who was waiting to be discharged after a stint in hospital for a metabolic disorder.

As the 57-year-old had arrived by ambulance, he did not bring any shoes with him.

But Mr Stacey, 33, had a pair of shoes which were too big for him in his desk drawer, but fit Mr Stocksley perfectly.

Mr Stacey said: “I didn’t think anything of it at the time, I just thought, ‘I can help and I don’t even need the shoes because they are too big for me’, so I offered to give them to the man because it was the only thing stopping him from going home.

“I didn’t expect any of this attention.

“It was just a random act of kindness because I could help. They were a modest pair of shoes from Matalan which I had in my desk drawer because of the weather and they were too big for me.

“I never expected anything more to come of it but then a picture of the shoes and the story was posted on social media and it seems to have caught everyone’s imagination.”

 

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Rewards for Fife residents after acts of kindness

Six people who have carried out acts of kindness have been celebrated by a local organization this week.

 

Kats Mission, which raises funds for local causes, asked its followers to nominate people who deserved to be rewarded for their acts of kindness.

 

This week

 

This week, five people were chosen for their community work, with another person chosen at random, and each was presented with money.

 

Anne-Marie Galloway, from Glenrothes, was chosen for her work at St Ninian’s Charity Shop & Community Cafe, running a toddler group, and helping out at an art club for people with additional needs.

 

Elizabeth and Gordon Burns, from Kinglassie, were selected because they give up their time to do the day-to-day running of Mitchell Hall.

 

John Shields and Bobby Tomlinson, from Cardenden, were chosen for running a Santa train in the town.
And Claire Naylor, from Kinglassie, was picked for supporting a friend over the festive period. Catherine Sala-Murray, who runs the group, explained that she wanted to thank those who had done something for others. “I feel that when people are nice to others, it is good for them to feel good,” she said. “It’s good for them to be recognised for what they have done.”

 

 

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The weather may be a little cooler, but acts of kindness by people here will warm your heart

The weather may be a little cooler, but acts of kindness by people here will warm your heart.

Restaurant owner Francis Ng, for one, will be distributing blankets to those sleeping on the streets on Friday night (Jan 12).

“I’m afraid they will be cold,” said Mr Ng, 44. Last week, he had chanced upon an old man shivering at a void deck in Chinatown. The sight moved him, and he bought a blanket for the man the next day.

But as I walked around, I saw many old people sleeping on the streets, so I bought 10 more blankets for them. But it wasn’t enough.”

That was when he decided to buy 100 more blankets to distribute to the seniors there.

Mr Ng, who is doing the distribution alone, said he hopes to distribute the blankets over the next few days. “Some of the homeless also move from place to place to avoid social workers, so they might also be difficult to find,” he said.

 Temperatures hit a low

Temperatures in Singapore hit a low of 21.7 deg C in certain parts of the island on Friday morning, as a monsoon surge over the South China Sea continued to bring in cool air from the winter chill in the northern hemisphere.

While some people are enjoying the cool, others more used to the tropical heat have felt the dip in the mercury.

The winds and rain here have led some to break out their winter wear. Some people have already been spotted donning quilted winter vests and thick hoodies as they went out and about their daily tasks.

But even as many enjoy the uncharacteristic cool in tropical Singapore, some senior citizens are taking precautions by keeping their windows and doors shut, and avoiding showers.

Welfare organisations are lending a hand. Senior-care associates from Touch Community Services, for example, have been giving sponge baths to seniors who request one.

Mr Kavin Seow, senior director for the elderly group under Touch Community Services, said the organisation is also keeping closer tabs on senior citizens who may suffer from health issues due to the cold weather, and are unable to leave their home to buy groceries.

“These vulnerable seniors may need extra help during this period,” he said. “Our staff have been advising our home-bound frail seniors during their home visits to keep themselves warm.”

 

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Food bank Volunteers ‘blown away’ by kindness

A Food bank has been ‘blown away’ by donations and support after more than 1,000 tins of food for the homeless were stolen.

Clothes, food and toiletries stored by community group Hyndburn Helpers were stolen from St James’ Church in Accrington earlier this week.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, the Civic Arts Centre in Oswaldtwistle and other businesses have been collecting donations to help the group.

Volunteer Lisa Hilton

Volunteer Lisa Hilton said donations had been pouring in and she will add up the full amount on Monday.

She said: “It’s fantastic the number of people who have been offering to help.

“I’ve just been blown away by the kind generosity of everyone.

“Pledges have been coming in thick and fast for donations.

“We help people in Accrington, but now the people of Accrington are helping us.

“The whole community has been coming together, it is what’s needed in Accrington.”

The group meets every Monday and Wednesday at the church from 6.30pm to help those in need, and the next meeting will go ahead as planned.

 

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11-Year-Old Collects 1,500 Pairs Of Socks For The Homeless

An 11-year-old boy became determined to do something to help homeless people, after seeing many sitting out in the cold in Edinburgh one evening while walking home.

Joseph Cox decided to collect socks and donate them to the homeless, as he wanted to find a small way he could improve their day.

“Seeing those people made me really sad,” Joseph told HuffPost  “I asked my mum if we could do something to help them.

“Everyone is a person who deserves to be happy and sometimes simple things like a smile, a chat and a pair of new socks can really brighten someone’s day.”

 Joseph’s mum, Anna Cox, 39, said she wasn’t surprised at all when Joseph said he wanted to do something to help homeless people.

“He’s always been incredibly kind, generous and wants to help when he can,” she said.

 

Socks For The Street

Joseph started Socks For The Street in September 2017, when he did a callout for people to donate new socks at drop-off points around Edinburgh.

He publicized this through posters and word of mouth, and aimed to run the project for a few months.

Once he had received enough donations, Joseph and his mum started to hand out the socks to the homeless people on the streets in Edinburgh.

 

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