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Scottish boy stunned after Royal Mail respond to his request to send birthday card to dad in heaven

A Scottish boy has been left stunned after Royal Mail responded to his request to send a birthday card to his dad in heaven in the best way possible.

Little Jase, from Blackburn, West Lothian, wanted to send his dad, who sadly passed away in May 2014, a letter for his birthday and staff at Royal Mail went above and beyond to make his wish come true.

In a touching Facebook post, mum Teri Copland, 30, shared photos of Jase’s letter and the response from Royal Mail.

On the envelope of the 7-year-old’s letter, he had written: “Mr Postman. Can you take this to Heaven for my dad’s Birthday? Thanks.”

Just a few weeks later, he received a letter from Sean Milligan, an assistant delivery office manager at Royal Mail, which assured him his card had been delivered safely to his dad.

It said: “While we’ve been delivering your post, we became aware of some concerns. So I just wanted to take this opportunity to contact you about how we succeeded in the delivery of your letter to your dad in heaven.

“This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic object on route to heaven.”

Milligan added: “However please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered. Royal Mails priority is to get our customers mail delivered safely.

“I know how important your mail is to you. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to heaven safely.”

Teri, who also has a 10-year-old daughter Nieve, thanked Royal Mail in her post and said it had left Jase both shocked and delighted.

She said: “I actually cannot state how emotional he is knowing his dad got his card.

“The fact that yous have made the effort for a little boy you’ve never met is such a lovely thing to do.”

She added: “Royal Mail you’ve just restored my faith in humanity and thank you. It honestly means the world to him.”

Speaking to the Daily Record about the moment Jase got the letter, Teri said: “He was so shocked and kept saying ‘My dad really got it, mum’.”

Teri also told our sister title Edinburgh Live that Jase is now determined to become a postman when he grows up because “they have to travel through very dangerous places to deliver the mail.”

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Primary school children carry out random acts of kindness in Darwen

Children from Holy Trinity Primary School have spent their winter term carrying out acts of kindness in the community.

From handing out cards wishing the people of Darwen a happy day, to visiting Willow Gardens Residential Home for the Elderly, the pupils have enjoyed spreading joy this festive season.

Students from years five and six collected items for the homeless and donated them to the Darwen food bank just in time for Christmas.

One year six child said: “I’m really happy because I wanted to know that the homeless and those that don’t have a lot would have a good Christmas.

“I’m proud of myself for helping and I’m thankful for what I have got. It has helped me realise how lucky I am.”

As well as this, many children painted stones with messages of encouragement on them, and left them in Bold Venture park for people to find.

Head teacher, Kathryn Bolton said: “We are so pleased with the impact that it has had on our school, that we are extending our project for the whole school year so the people of Darwen can look forward to the children of Holy Trinity showing many more acts of kindness.”

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Homeless man’s message to the amazing people of Plymouth

A homeless man says he is “overwhelmed” after well-wishers donated more than £1,500 to get him off the streets.

Shane Preston, known as Cornish, has been sleeping rough for two years but is looking forward to having a flat of his own thanks to the generosity of a passer-by.

Laura Butson was so moved by the 40-year-old’s story that she set up a page on Gofundme to get him off the streets.

The campaign was only £100 from its £750 target when Plymouth Live featured Shane’s story on Sunday.

But now well-wishers have sent donations soaring to £1,645 in less than 24 hours.

Laura, a 34-year-old mum-of-two from Tavistock, has already found a landlord with a bedsit ready for Shane.

She will use the money for a deposit and rent in advance and to buy Shane food.

Laura, who wants people to keep donating, said the remainder will go to a homelessness charity.

Shane, born in Plymouth but raised in the Calllington area, will not be handed the cash.

He was still begging in his usual spot near the Money Centre this afternoon.

Shane said: “I think it is amazing, people’s kindness. It is overwhelming what people have done to support me and help me get out of this situation. I just want to say thank you for all those people who have helped.”

Three or four people stopped to give Shane change in the 20 minutes Plymouth Live was with him – and one handed over a Battenburg cake still in its packaging.

Shane said: “I have been on the street for two years but could not see the light at the end of the tunnel until Laura came along. I know some people who have been sleeping rough for five years.”

He added that he had asked the city council for help but added that he was not a priority because he was a single man without any mental health or substance abuse problems.

Shane, who worked as a stonemason, said that he had lost his local connection in the eyes of the authorities because he had been living in Hampshire.

Redundancy and a messy break-up saw his life spiral out of control and he started using heroin and cocaine.

Shane, who spoke to Plymouth Live last year, spent three years in jail from 2012 for arson – having fallen asleep with a candle burning in a hotel.

He has a conviction for theft in 2016 but says that was down to drug abuse.

Shane added that he had been clean for a year, having kicked heroin and cocaine himself.

He said: “I want to get back to work. Sitting down here doing this is soul-destroying but I want to make the best of a bad situation. What can you do?

“I have done my time. All of us have made mistakes in the past, I am trying to be a better person.”

Shane added that he had had three referrals to homeless shelters but “nothing had come of them”.

He said: “I know there is no quick fix but I have waited so long, another few weeks is not going to kill me.”

Make-up artist Laura said she was in tears when she and her mother Joy started talking to Shane in a doorway behind Charles Cross police station three weeks ago.

They gave him some food but found that they could not walk away.

Laura set up the appeal, which as of today, had reached £1,645.

She added: “It is wonderful. We would welcome any more donations. We are trying to help other people on the street so that they have a great 2019”.

Plymouth Live got in touch with Laura after seeing shared Facebook messages about the campaign. It has been shared more than 400 times on social media.
Laura is to meet Shane this week to have a coffee and discuss sorting out the flat.

Among the messages of support on the Gofundme, Kathleen said: “Well done, Laura. I hope by the end you have enough for Cornish to start over and maybe for another homeless person.There are so many slipping through the net.”

Kirsty added: “This man is so lovely, always polite to my children and myself when we passed him and gave him money. He was so thankful, such a genuine person.”

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Kindness has no nationality

A Fresno resident says he’s not a hero after giving a customized wheelchair to a Russian man he saw struggling during his trip to watch World Cup soccer games.

But many Russians beg to differ.

A viral video from Russian news site TOK shows the moment Abel Vera delivers a customized wheelchair to the Russian man who had been riding an older-looking chair. The video shows the man enjoying his new chair and testing it out in front of Vera.

The video drew thousands of reactions and video shares. Vera gave a longer interview about the chair donation to another Russian news site, TV Rain.

The delivery was made June 21 in Moscow, Vera told The Bee on Saturday. It was during an eight-day trip to Russia. Vera, a soccer fan, said he witnessed the Mexico-Germany and Iceland-Argentina games during his stay.

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A Saint In St. Petersburg: Pensioner Delivers Kindness

Long retired from her job as a Saint Petersburg trolley driver, 80-year-old Galina Yakovleva still spends her days behind the wheel, but now in a mini-van distributing food to needy pensioners.

“I do it because I like to help people and I like to drive,” she laughed during one of her daily rounds, AFP reported.

“With this I can do both at the same time.”

A decade ago, Yakovleva created the charity ‘Dobrota’ — or ‘Kindness’ — a one-woman operation where she works as director, manager and driver.

Pensioners across Russia are struggling to make ends meet and deeply unpopular government plans to raise the retirement age have brought the issue into the spotlight.

President Vladimir Putin in October signed a bill that will lift the retirement age for men to 65 from 60, and for women from 55 to 60, in the first hike for almost 90 years.

The move has sparked rare street protests in a country where the elderly often have to keep working to bolster their meagre aid from the state.

“Here she is, our guardian angel!” shouted Nina, Yakovleva’s 84-year-old neighbor as they met in the courtyard of the complex where they live.

Yakovleva took a box of cakes out of the back of her van and handed it over.

“Come on, there’s a crate of apples to get from a friend and then I’ve got three visits to do,” she said as she turned on the ignition.

The average monthly pension in Saint Petersburg is 12,300 rubles ($180), while the official poverty line is set at 7,000 rubles.

“Pensioners still have to pay their bills and for their medicines, which can be expensive,” Yakovleva explained.

“So my help is always useful.”

Independent restaurants, corner shops and bakers, along with friends and acquaintances, supply the food, clothes and other essential items that she distributes.

Handing over the apples, her friend Elena Varakushina confirmed it is with her ‘character’ that the energetic pensioner convinces small businesses to donate.

Despite her previous work on the trolleys, Yakovleva said she is still sometimes stopped by police when they see her behind the wheel of a mini-van.

“They’re friendly, it’s just because they’re curious. It’s rare to see a woman of my age driving in Russia!”

“Most of my ‘charges’ are pensioners, but there are also disabled people and some large families,” she said.

Yakovleva steers clear of politics, preferring to focus on the ‘joy’ she is able to bring with her deliveries.

“Where do I find them?” she asked of the people she helps.

“Everywhere. Sometimes on the street but most of the time through friends or acquaintances.”

Nina Savelyeva, a 94-year-old retired engineer, said Yakovleva’s help is essential for her survival, as she welcomed her into her flat during the morning round.

“I don’t understand how people can be so uninterested (in us) nowadays,” she said.

“Today, people just think of themselves. But that’s not true with Galina. I admire her kindness, and if I tell you the truth, I couldn’t do what she does.”

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A mysterious doctor revives man’s wife on Paris street and vanishes

CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition is asking listeners to share their stories of kindness from strangers for a series that runs on Thursday mornings. John Klassen was in Paris with his wife when they were helped by a mysterious doctor.

Dear stranger,

We met briefly in 2012 in Paris, in a life-changing, life-saving encounter.

My wife and I were on holiday in the French capital and had just finished up our lunch at a little sidewalk café.

She got up to tip the waiter.

As she stood, her foot caught.

She fell hard and hit her head on the curb. I ran over and found she was unconscious and not breathing.

I was, of course, traumatized. I had no idea what to do. I tried to do artificial respiration, but I didn’t know very much about it.

“Is there a doctor here?” I frantically asked, with the little bit of French that I speak.

Suddenly, a person knelt down beside me and started chest compressions. He brought my wife back to life and then disappeared, just completely vanished as the ambulance showed up.

I think of him as Jesus — there are other characters in history and culture that do that sort of thing, show up and then vanish, but he was the first one that came to me.

I remember as we were getting into the ambulance, two women noticed that I’d left my wife’s purse at the table and came running over with it. That was just one more small act of kindness during such a stressful time that stuck out to me.

After a three hour wait in the hospital lobby, I learned that my wife was out of danger. Later, back in Canada after more medical tests, we learned she had not suffered any long-term effects.

I later tried to track our rescuer down to thank him. I thought maybe the paramedics might have some information on him so I sent them a letter, thanking them for their help as well.

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Lost gifts prompt act of kindness at Calgary store

It’s not the start to Christmas that Kyle Larocque had pictured.

Two bags of presents worth thousands of dollars disappeared from his truck while traveling from Lumsden, Sask., to Calgary.

“We pulled up to the driveway and started unloading the gifts,” said Laroque. “[The bags were] right at the back and they were gone.”

Larocque believes the suitcases were stolen sometime during the eight-hour drive. He said there’s no way the suitcases could have been tossed from the truck.

Larocque was determined to make sure an early Christmas still went ahead as planned and made a trip to Sunridge Mall. His hope was to replace some of the stolen presents.

One stop for a few kitchen supplies brought him to Think Kitchen to pick up gifts meant for his children and spouse.

When he was asked by an employee what he was looking for, and said he was re-buying some gifts, he was met with a generous surprise.

Ali Ahmadi and Natasha Spencer had split the $22 bill for the gifts as a way to help out the family.

Both employees said past experiences helped them realize that even the smallest gesture can help during the holidays.

Ahmadi said he’s no stranger to stolen presents ahead of the holidays.

“A couple years ago my family’s house got broken into,” he explained. “Even when people helped us a little bit, that felt really good.”

Spencer said the recent kindness of customers prompted her to help out.

Larocque’s partner said the small but meaningful act of kindness has inspired them to help out in the future.

“I think we’ll try and come up with something to help someone else in need or who’s fallen on hard times,” said Kerstin Johnson. “Maybe not even at Christmas, but throughout the year.”

Brooks RCMP said they investigated but because there’s no way to find the gifts or whoever stole them, the case has been closed.

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Dying neighbor’s secret act of kindness surprises young family

A little girl in Wales has Christmas presents for the next 14 years, thanks to her elderly next-door neighbor who left a surprising legacy to be unwrapped.

Ken Watson died at the age of 87 last fall. His neighbors opened their door about a week before Christmas to find Watson’s daughter with a sack of gifts – all chosen and wrapped by her father and intended for his 2-year-old neighbor Cadi over the years.

“She was clutching what looked for all intents and purposes like a large trash bag,” said Cadi’s father, Owen Williams, of the British seaside town of Barry, Wales, told NBC News for TODAY.com. “It was like Mary Poppins’ bag, where you just started to pull…. They kept coming and coming.”

The 14 presents were lovingly gift-wrapped, but with no indication of which one should be opened on what year, leaving her parents with a dilemma: open all the gifts now to pick one for each year, or leave them to be an annual surprise.

Overwhelmed by their late neighbor’s planned generosity, Williams took to Twitter to share their tale and ask for help in deciding how to give Cadi the presents.

Our elderly neighbour passed away recently. His daughter popped round a few moments ago clutching a large plastic sack. In the sack were all the Christmas presents he’d bought for *our* daughter for the next thirteen
— Owen The Saints Go Marching In 󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@OwsWills) December 17, 2018

Should they open the packages and find out what was inside so they could tailor each to her age, or leave it to chance each year?

More than 67,000 strangers responded “from every corner of the world,” said Williams, resoundingly in favor of leaving it a mystery. “To hell with it if they’re not age-appropriate,” he concluded.

Williams says he plans to post an annual picture of Cadi unwrapping her gift from Watson each Christmas.

“So we will create this familial Christmas tradition all about this elderly gentleman who was very kind to her once upon a time, who she will never know, only through stories.”

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Reconomy unveils ‘Acts of Christmas Kindness’

Waste management and recycling company Reconomy has launched its third annual Christmas video, which this year focuses on the company’s recent campaign of community volunteering activities

Reconomy unveils ‘Acts of Christmas Kindness’

Reconomy employees participating in a litter pick.

Entitled ‘Reconomy’s Acts of Christmas Kindness’, the video follows staff members as they participate in a wide range of community engagement projects in and around Telford, where Reconomy is based.

As part of Reconomy’s Sustainability Strategy, each employee can take advantage of a fully paid day of volunteering, enabling them to give something back to the local community.

More than 90 members of staff took part in a variety of activities in the run-up to Christmas, which included:

  • Walking rescue dogs at Hilbrae Rescue Kennels;
  • Helping to maintain the gardens at Telford’s Severn Hospice;
  • Taking part in litter picks on Stafford Park and The Wrekin, with the support of Telford and Wrekin Council’s Street Champions;
  • Wrapping presents in Telford Shopping Centre to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospice;
  • Supporting the creation of a community Santa’s Grotto at Telford’s Exotic Zoo, the proceeds of which will go towards a new sensory
  • garden and fund therapy animals; and Clearing storage space for homeless charity, The Shrewsbury Ark.

Reconomy is also supporting West Midlands charity, 4 Steps To A Smile, which provides Christmas presents to vulnerable children across the region.

Reconomy initially committed to purchasing multiple presents as a corporate donation, however 4 Steps To A Smile quickly captured the imagination of Reconomy’s workforce. Over 70 members of the Reconomy team decided to buy presents themselves, at their own expense.

This boosted the number of Christmas gifts donated by the company to nearly 200.

Portsmouth-based waste management company, Helistrat, and King’s Lynn-based, Network Waste – both part of the Reconomy group of companies – have also organised their own volunteering activities.

The Helistrat team helped to dish up hundreds of warm meals at The Real Junk Food Project in Brighton, which is reducing food waste by preparing and serving surplus food to anyone wishing to eat.

Network Waste sent volunteers to the Purfleet Trust homeless charity in King’s Lynn, helping to tidy their new premises and contributing to their ‘hope wall’ mural.

Diane Crowe, Head of Sustainability and Social Value at Reconomy, said: “Community engagement is a key value of our Sustainability Strategy and we’ve had a hugely positive response from our employees wanting to volunteer.

We’re proud to have supported some wonderful organisations in the run-up to Christmas, and these relationships will continue into 2019.”

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Pierrefonds family is spreading Christmas cheer

A Pierrefonds family is making a point to give back this holiday season.

Hans and Kristy want to teach their kids the real meaning of Christmas so the family is planning random acts of kindness throughout the month.

Last week, the family left candy canes and a kind note on the windshields of cars parked at a Montreal hospital.

This week, the family visited a small no-kill SPCA animal shelter in Vaudreuil-Dorion, bringing large bags of food, treats and blankets for the animals.

As a reward for their good deed, the kids were allowed to go play with the cats.

“We left with the promise to return to play and love the cats that don’t have families yet to love them,” said Kristy Westlake.

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