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Act of kindness for autistic teen goes viral

Stocking shelves at a grocery store isn’t the most glamorous job. But the chance to stock a cooler was a dream-come-true for an autistic teen in Louisiana.

Jack Ryan Edwards’ family tells WAFB TV that the 17-year-old loves the cooler at his local store.

Jordan Taylor, a store employee, said Jack Ryan asked for orange juice and watched him.

Jack Ryan helped him for half an hour.

Someone filmed them and the video has gone viral.

Jack’s family is grateful to Jordan for making it possible.

“I’ve always heard the things that people do when no one’s watching is their true character. And you didn’t know how many people were going to end up seeing you do that obviously. You just did it out of the kindness of your heart,” Jack’s sister, Delaney Alwosaibi, told Jordan when they recently met.

Jordan tells WAFB that he was happy to make someone else happy.

 

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Festivalgoers urged to do acts of kindness at Edinburgh Festival

People are being encouraged to carry out small acts of kindness during the festival season in Edinburgh.

The Deedit app is aimed at tackling issues such as plastic pollution, litter and homelessness during August.

It encourages people to share photos of good deeds such as picking up litter, buying a sandwich for a stranger or giving directions.

The aim is to show how a single act of kindness can contribute to larger positive social change.

Edinburgh University and Tesco Bank created the app.

The online platform will also support social enterprise Social Bite, with several good deeds contributing to their work to end homelessness.

The university’s Centre of Design Informatics has been working with Tesco Bank on Project Mercury, a collaboration exploring financial technology (FinTech).

Chris Speed, director of the centre, said: “One of the challenges we face is helping people understand the impact new data technologies will have on their lives.

“The partnership with Tesco Bank has been a fantastic help.

“Co-designing imaginative, human-centred experiences with the financial sector here in Edinburgh demonstrates that the city is becoming a world leader in FinTech design.”

 

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Teen’s stunning $680k act of kindness

KYLIAN Mbappe will donate his entire earnings of $AUD 681,000 from playing in the World Cup to charity.

The wunderkind was pivotal as he helped France to glory against Croatia in the final – scoring a goal in the 4-2 victory, The Sun reports.

It has now been revealed that the 19-year-old will hand over money earned from featuring in Russia to a sports charity that works with disabled and hospitalised children, Premiers de Cordee.

According to Sports Illustrated, the teen sensation was paid $30,000 per game, and pocketed $470,000 for being part of the team who won the tournament.

The news of his charitable donation has been reported by French national newspaper L’Equipe.

Mbappe, who joined French club Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of around $295 million from Monaco after a season-long loan, was one of the French success stories from this World Cup.

He ended up with four goals from the tournament, and was named best young player.

Speaking to Le Parisien, Mbappe’s generosity came as no surprise to Premier de Cordee charity general manager Sebastian Ruffin.

He said: “Kylian, he’s a great person.

“When his schedule allows it, he happily helps us.

“He has a very good relationship with children, he always finds the right words to encourage them.

“I sometimes even feel that he takes more pleasure in playing with the kids than the kids themselves.”

 

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Man who walks 20 miles to work surprised with car

A young man who walked 20 miles to his job can now drive wherever he needs to go.

Barely three days after starting a new job, the company’s CEO hooked up Walter Carr with his very own Ford Escape.

The night before Carr was set to begin his new job at Bellhops Moving, his car broke down. But that wasn’t going to stop him from coming to work. Carr began walking around midnight on Friday, from Homewood to Pelham, determined to help a family move.

Pelham Police officers who passed Carr on his walk picked him up along Pelham Parkway, then took him to eat breakfast. They dropped him off at Jennifer Lamey’s home half an hour before his appointment.

The family was so touched, Lamey made a Facebook post. Her words on social media broke through to the company’s headquarters in Chattanooga. On Monday afternoon, Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin presented Carr with his own personal car at a Birmingham Econo Lodge.

In front of a crowd of people outside the hotel, Marklin handed Carr the keys. “I’d like to give you this car right here. Today. Like right now. Like you can drive away with it,” he said to Carr.

Marklin then asked Carr if he would like to take a sit in his new whip. With a smile a mile-wide, Carr walked around the back of the car and hopped right in it.

“It’s served my family really well. I think it will serve yours,” Marklin says to a joyous Carr.

After an intense moment of shock and awe, Carr spoke about his motivation to make the 20-mile trek.

Carr says, “I wanted to show them that I have the dedication, and that I always have [it] in my life and that I am going to get to this job one way or the other. (I) tell people if you think over 20 miles is a lot, then come walk in my shoes, because my shoes was really killing me that day.”

The phrase “Walk a Mile in My Shoes“ has become more than a saying for Carr. “Walk a mile in my shoes. I swear that phrase means a lot to me. I tell people that think something that’s too far, just saying just look at this story and be like hey, ‘if Walter can do it…I know I can do it.”

Carr publicly walked over and hugged Lamey for telling the world what he did.

“I wanna thank you so much for sharing my story and meeting your family,” Carr says to Lamey as they both embrace.

Lamey told ABC 33/40 the world needed to hear his story. “This can’t end with us just being all warm and fuzzy,” she says.

Carr has been living in Birmingham since moving here from New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

He plans to graduate from Lawson State this December and then enlist in the Marines.

 

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Act of kindness saves special photo shoot

A small act of kindness at a Fountain Starbucks saved a Falcon High School student’s chance to take her senior pictures Sunday.

Senior photos are special for every teenager, but especially for Sydney Johansson.

“Her mom never thought she would have this experience,” said Jessica Vallia, a family friend and the photographer who took Sydney’s photos.

Sydney has Cerebral Palsy, she’s deaf, she can’t talk, can’t sit up alone and she’s about to have a major surgery.

“Rescheduling was not an option,” continued Jessica.

Unfortunately, torrential rains washed out the photo shoot, “It was pouring,” said Laura Johansson, Sydney’s mother.

Thinking quickly, the group turned to a nearby Starbucks with a question, “You guys can tell me to take a hike, but can we please come in and take some pictures?”

The answer was yes and employees immediately helped. One employee dashed out into the rain with an umbrella,

“I was there to help, I wasn’t there to take care of myself, ” commented Chris Lopez, a Starbucks employee.

All because it was the right thing to do.

“I just want them to be confident going anywhere, knowing there are people who will help,” Chris said.

Once everyone was inside and dried off, employees and customers pitched in, making signs and making sure this photo shoot was one to remember.

“I was blown away, astounded, amazed, it’s incredible, it’s incredible,” said Mrs. Johansson.

 

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Madiba flag to promote kindness and humanity

AS a destination named after the global icon Madiba, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) hoisted a special edition Nelson Mandela centenary flag at the Donkin Reserve on Mandela Day (18 July 2018) which happens to be Madiba’s 100th birthday.

“It is an honour for us to carry the name of the great Tata Madiba, and an even bigger honour to raise the centenary flag on Mandela Day for the very first time,” said NMBT CEO Ms Mandlakazi Skefile.

“Our aim is to promote the spirit of kindness and humanity amongst our locals and visitors, whilst setting the tone for all the Mandela Day initiatives taking place around Nelson Mandela Bay today.”

Mandela flag hoisted every Friday

The celebration also introduced the start of Mandela Fridays, where the centenary flag will be raised every Friday thereafter (weather permitting).

This is with the aim of uniting locals and visitors in the spirit of humanity that Madiba stood for. It is also to serve as a reminder to do something good and initiate a culture of kindness and service to humanity.

Commenting on the continued efforts to carry out the legacy of Madiba, Skefile said: “The Mandela centenary does not stop after Mandela Day. In fact, our efforts will continue throughout this year with the introduction of Mandela Fridays.

“This is a great milestone and should be celebrated well beyond Mandela Day.”

The event also served as a platform to mobilise participation and support for the Trek4Mandela initiative and to bid NMB born Andisa Liba farewell as she joins a special team of climbers that will summit Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Mandela Day and the Caring For Girls Foundation. This is an initiative that raises funds to supply sanitary towels to approximately 500 000 underprivileged school girls around the country.

Stats have revealed that most impoverished girls miss up to 50 days of school annually owing to menstrual related challenges.

 

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Act of kindness spurs on Sarah I’Anson in York 10k for York Against Cancer

A YEAR ago Sarah I’Anson “sat in a heap outside hospital, stunned and crying” after being diagnosed with cancer.

As she wondered how she would tell her family, she said “these two amazing souls appeared, scooped me up, gave me a quiet room and a cup of tea and said ‘you just take your time, we are here if you need us’.”

She said: “To this day the gratitude I feel for that act of kindness and understanding is immeasurable.

“This was my first introduction to the Cancer Care Centre, and myself and friends have, and are continuing to benefit from this and other services of York Against Cancer.”

Twelve months later the 47-year-old is now preparing to join thousands of people in the 2018 Asda Foundation York 10K on August 5 to raise funds for York Against Cancer.

The Cancer Care Centre help by providing practical support – such as a free minibus to radiotherapy appointments in Leeds – and wig clinics, along with other, smaller touches which Sarah said were equally important.

She said: “The sort of support that just makes you feel a little bit better, such as make up workshops, reflexology, a craft group and holiday homes for respite. Most of all, the doors are always open for a cup of tea and chat.

“As I took up running to help me get back to feeling a bit more like me after being poorly, taking part in a run to raise funds for a cancer charity that has given me so much was an obvious choice.”

Sarah, who works as a commissioning manager for a local authority, said she was determined to complete the 10K, but was not worried about a specific time.

“My aim is to actually run round rather than just turn up and potter about, and whilst I’m more than happy to be the fat lass at the back, I really don’t want to let the side down by not getting to the finish line.”

 

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Quadruple amputee hitch-hiking across Canada on kindness of strangers

He jokes about the difficulty of hitch-hiking with no thumbs but that hasn’t stopped Chris Koch in his cross-Canada journey. In fact, not much has stopped this remarkable man, a quadruple amputee, who is travelling the country on the kindness of strangers. Koch started his journey in Calgary ten days ago and hopes to end up in Newfoundland, well, when he gets there. Koch’smessage is a powerful one: to step out of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest and Chris Koch is seriously taking his own advice with this adventure.

You can’t help but do a double-take when you see Chris Koch skateboarding down the sidewalk. He’s used to the attention and used to the questions including how he can type on his cell phone with no hands and how he lost his arms and legs.

Koch was born that way.

“My grandma’s reaction to hearing I was born without arms and legs,” Koch jokes, “was to say that my father never finished anything he started.”

That’s been his philosophy since; not letting anything get in the way of where he wants to go in life.

“Like anybody, there have been bad days but honestly, my worst days have nothing to do with the fact I’m missing arms and legs,” he says, “It’s stuff up here,” tapping his temple.

Koch grew up on a farm in Alberta and still helps his grandfather out when he’s home. After attending Carleton university here in Ottawa, and working for the War Amps,

Koch started travelling the world, giving motivational speeches, with the motto “If I can…”

“If a guy without arms and legs can work on a farm,” he says, “can travel the world, can snowboard, surf, hitchhike across Canada, which is ironic because I don’t have thumbs, but if I can do those things, anybody is capable of anything.”

So, add to that now, hitchhiking across Canada, relying on the kindness of strangers, many of whom offer him meals, places to stay and money, which he quickly explains all goes to the War Amps.

Cornwall resident Denise Frei and her son saw Chris’ post on Facebook about his cross-Canada travels and offered to drive him to Montreal today.

Frei was a police officer with York Regional Police and was injured on the job in a collision nine years ago. She understands all too well how difficult it can be overcoming obstacles.

“It’s hard when you go from a career like that, to living with such chronic pain with a brain injury,” says Frei, “It changes your life and with him, it’s just amazing.”

Koch says what’s amazing to him is just how kind Canadians have been to him in his solo journey across the country. And so, he tries to give back.

“I encourage people to get out there, live life to the fullest, to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things,” he says, “This way out of my comfort zone but like I said, it’s been so much fun and so worth it.”

Koch plans to end up in St. John’s Newfoundland having a little screech on George Street before flying home. And he’s already got another trip planned; this one to Iceland in August to take part in the marathon.

 

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Act of kindness from prom girls to autistic classmate goes viral

An autistic schoolboy had a night to remember when he was chauffeured to his end-of-year prom – thanks to five kind-hearted classmates.

The girls – pupils at St Peter’s Catholic School in Solihull – were travelling in a posh Range Rover Discovery to their big night at Hogarths Hotel in Dorridge.

But then they noticed fellow student Brodie Smith, 16, who was all alone after his taxi had dropped him off at the wrong spot.

The girls immediately stopped the car and invited the shy teen to join them – and the group arrived in style to cheers from those gathered at the popular hotel in Four Ashes Road.

Proud mum Diane Smith, 48, a single parent of three from Sheldon, said she had no idea of the lovely gesture until a few days later.

“Brodie has atypical autism so he hasn’t got a lot of autistic traits,” she said.

“He’s a bit quiet and it affects his socialisation.

“When he was younger he wouldn’t tell me if he was hungry or if he was full.

“He was a bit of a target when he first started secondary school and he was quite vulnerable.

“He used to come home and cry and say ‘I’ve got no friends’.

“But in the last two years he has settled down although he did struggle but St Peter’s have been marvellous.”

Diane, who is a special needs co-ordinator at a nursery, added:” “I didn’t think he would want to go to prom but he said he did.

“So I got him a taxi as I don’t drive but the driver dropped him off at the bottom of the drive at Hogarths and he had quite a long walk.

“That’s when the girls saw him and told him to get in. He was really happy.”

Lottie Byrne was one of the generous girls whose act of kindness went viral after details were published online.

Her proud mum Nicky Byrne, who lives in Dickens Heath , said: “They’re a bit embarrassed and overwhelmed by all the attention really.

“They didn’t think twice about stopping to ask Brodie to join them and they didn’t actually know he was autistic.

“They are all very good friends and were excited .

“They saw Brodie and shouted at him to get in. He was a bit reluctant really and a bit overwhelmed as the girls were getting quite giddy and singing.

“But he sat in the front and when they arrived everyone cheered.”

The following day Lottie’s mother Nicky, 48, received an email from the girls’ head of year praising them for being a ‘genuinely kind and mature group of individuals’

She posted the email on Facebook which is where Brodie’s mum saw it.

The heart-warming story has now spread around the world with the press from New Zealand, Australia and Spain all reporting on the feel-good tale.

Marie Murphy, Headteacher at St Peter’s, said: “We are incredibly proud of the girls who showed such kindness, consideration and sensitivity at the recent Year 11 prom.

“The prom is a celebration of the pupils’ journey through St Peter’s and it really is wonderful to see such positive values, which underpin our school’s Catholic ethos, in action.

“Brodie is a lovely pupil who has made excellent progress at St Peter’s since starting in Year 7 and it has been a pleasure to see him grow into a mature and delightful young man.”

 

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Teacher thanks the kindness of strangers

A Chicago school-teacher has told the BBC that her “faith in humanity” has been restored after strangers on a plane gave her money to help her poor students.

Kimber Bermudez, 27, was on a flight to Florida to visit her parents last week.

In a widely shared Facebook post she explains how a conversation with the man sat beside her about her challenging job prompted the generosity of three other passengers who had been listening in.

Kimber teaches at Carlos Fuentes Elementary in Chicago where many students come from low-income families. “Anyone who knows me knows that I am a talker,” Kimber wrote.

“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 have students who don’t have a bed.” Kimber told the BBC they provided free breakfast and free lunch to hungry students.

The passenger Kimber was speaking with took down her email address and told her his company donates to schools like hers.

But it was next that “something amazing happened”. The passenger sitting directly behind Kimber tapped her on the shoulder, apologised for listening on her conversation and then promptly handed her a wad of cash.

“He told me to ‘do something amazing’ and sat back down… 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 (£382).”

But that was not the end of it. As the plane landed a man across the aisle admitted he had been ear-wigging too.

“He said that he didn’t have much, but he gave me $20″ Kimber recalls.

Finally the man sitting in front of Kimber turned round and handed her $10. ” I started crying on the plane. I told all four men that I would do something amazing for the kids”

The next day Kimber shared her experience in a Facebook post that has now been shared more than a thousand times.

She told the BBC she was overwhelmed by the positive reaction her story has had: “I am still in shock. So many people have been trying to speak with me about it.”

The unsolicited donations from the other passengers have also given Kimber cause to reflect.

“I have never had something like this happen, I will never look at anyone in the same way again. I didn’t know these people and yet they wanted to give towards a worthy cause. It has restored my faith in humanity” she says.

Kimber says she hasn’t spent the money yet but plans to use it on school supplies or put it towards a playground.

She also added whilst the gifts were much appreciated there should be more funding for schools like hers. “I feel like funding is being spent where it shouldn’t be and children should always be our main priority.”

Kimber doesn’t know the identity of the generous stranger who first tapped her on the shoulder.

“I want the man on the plane to know he has started the most amazing reaction, I wish I could and give him a hug. I’m forever thankful.”

 

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