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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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Franklin students send ‘kindness letters’ to Statehouse

A simple reading assignment turned into a one-hundred-fold act of kindness for a local group of young students.

Fifth-grade students at Oak Street Elementary School decided last fall to send words of encouragement to lawmakers who work at the Statehouse.

kindness letters

Each of the 100 “kindness letters” contains an inspiring quote hand-written by a student.

“In this political climate, so many adults could benefit from these messages about listening, understanding, and accepting,” said teacher Heather Adams. “The impact it had on our state representatives is much bigger than what I imagined it would be.”

The letters were given to state Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, during a Statehouse tour late last year. Roy distributed them to his colleagues, who have been writing back to the students.

“It was very powerful message, and we were impressed that it came from fifth-graders,” Roy said.

 

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Charlotte teacher gets emotional when Ellen rewards her

A Charlotte first-grade teacher was surprised on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday for her kind heart in the classroom.

No. 1 rule

Jordan Siragusa’s No. 1 rule in her classroom is to be kind.

Montclaire Elementary School is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school where most of the students are Hispanic and come from low-income homes.

She talked on the show about how her students inspire her by working hard despite challenges.

Her goal, she explains on the show, is to make everyone in her classroom feel equally smart and capable.

That’s how her teacher made her feel as she struggled with dyslexia as a girl, she said.

On the show, DeGeneres gives Siragusa “Be Kind” T-shirts for her students.

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Ruth Clark Reveals How Random Act Of Kindness ‘Made Her Year’

A woman who found a bouquet of flowers and heartwarming note at her local bus stop has told of how the random act of kindness has ‘made her year’.

Ruth Clark, 26, who lives in Hackney, was en route to work when she spotted a bunch of flowers resting on the seat of her local bus stop with a note attached.

Brighten someone else’s day

It transpired that the flowers had been left by a stranger who simply wanted to brighten someone else’s day – and it seems those flowers were destined to find Ruth, who just months before had been involved in a serious bike accident meters away from the stop.

“This act of kindness was particularly important and touching as it brought back a lot of memories of the kindness strangers demonstrated in that moment on the same street just a few months ago,” Ruth told HuffPost UK.

“My recovery took a couple of months, but the kindness people showed me that afternoon helped me stay positive.”

Ruth explained that her cycling accident had happened just a few metres away on Southgate Road in summer 2017. At the time, more than a dozen passersby and strangers had rushed to her aid.

“For almost an hour, five or six total strangers stayed with me until the ambulance arrived,” the fundraising and engagement manager at charity Wonder Foundation recalled.

 

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‘No Name-Calling Week’ aims to spread kindness

A Great Kindness Challenge was issued to the students at Maple Glen Elementary last week, starting on 16th January with “No Name-Calling Week” following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Adults would love for children to “listen and just be kind,” but we all know that wishes will not change behavior, school officials said. To ensure that kids show respect and empathy, adults must model and teach appropriate behavior.

Thus the goal of No Name-Calling Week at Maple Glen Elementary School was to promote positive and kind behavior. Friday, Jan. 19, the week concluded with the kickoff of The Great Kindness Challenge.

A number of events were held to reinforce the message of compassion and kindness that are the foundation of No Name Calling Week.

kickoff assembly

At the kickoff assembly, Principal Timothy Bickhart reviewed the reasons for observing No Name Calling Week.

He also detailed effective behaviors for responding to bullies. Ten teachers read and acted out Kevin Henkes’ “Chrysanthemum,” a funny and honest story about teasing, self-esteem and acceptance.

During the week a bully-free pledge replaced the morning school pledge. Each day the thought for the day focused on kind words and included a quote from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Students and staff wore buttons distributed for No Name Calling Week and teachers introduced activities to underscore the focus on kindness.

 

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