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Bunny Wheels

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Sometimes all we need is a sweet story to make us go “awww” and start our day off on the right foot. Or wheel, as the case may be.

Bertha the bunny had a collapsed hip, and the vet told owner Melanie James that she would need to put the paralyzed bunny to sleep. Instead of taking that option, Melanie crafted a customized wheelchair for Bertha to help her walk. Now she wheels all over the place; a happy bunny with a second chance at life.

Good idea, Good cause, Good way to start the day.

Click here to read more of this story (and see a video of Bertha!) on Mashable.

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Doodle Does Good

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It all started with a doodle.

Two firemen, exhausted from a 12-hour shift spent cleaning out a fire, went to a diner at 6am for strong coffee to keep them staggering on. And when the waitress overhead the men talking, instead of handing them a bill, she handed them a note–complete with firefighting doodles–thanking them for their service and letting them know their orders were on her.

Later, after sending their buddies into the diner and telling them to leave big tips for the kind waitress, the dynamic duo of firefighters learned that the waitress’s father is quadriplegic and that she’d set up an online donation account months ago. Apparently she needed a wheelchair accessible vehicle for her father and was doing everything she could to make that happen.

So when the firefighters found out about it, they dove in to help (is that a surprise? Firefighters are amazing.). And within just a few days, they’d helped to raise $70,000, well over the $17,000 that was originally asked for.

The waitress and her family are tremendously grateful. “All I did was pay for their breakfast. I didn’t expect anything more than a smile,” she said. “It goes to show that you just have to be kind to each other and that even the smallest gesture can change a life.”

For more pictures of the doodle, the waitress, and the firefighters, click here!

Image: Facebook Tim Young

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The Thing That’s Right

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Sometimes we come across a fun glimpse of people who give back to their communities (creative communities, local communities, etc.). Here’s a look at costume designer Shawna Trpcic:

At one point, the designer who just finished work on the TV pilot, The Frankenstein Code, says she encountered a dark period in her work where she felt misunderstood and as though her hard work was going unrecognized. Her solution? Volunteer to reignite passion.

And on the topic of searching for the positive, she believes in supporting people in her creative community by encouraging them, by complimenting the thing that’s right rather than focusing on the flaw.

Good advice for all of us.

Read more about Shawna Trpcic on Geek & Sundry here!

Image source: Geek & Sundry, Shawna Trpcic, HEROINES sketch 

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Community Of Calm

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At a time when topics such as political debates or a Kardashian/Jenner sister receiving a Ferrari for her birthday are considered “popular,” sometimes a community takes it upon themselves to spread kindness or compassion…or calm. And a hashtag trending on Twitter right now is a fun one: #CalmYourselfIn4Words 

What started the trend is not the focus of sharing this fun thing that is happening on the web. The focus is on the Twitter community coming together to share how they calm themselves in 4 words.

And as we know, science tells us that our brain sends messages to the body when READING about a topic, similar to the same messages when one is EXPERIENCING something first hand.

Pretty cool. May we all have a calm Monday.

Read more #CalmYourselfIn4Words Tweets here.

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Happy Gas

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Looking for an idea to pay it forward? Here’s one:

Owen Griffith went to a local gas station to get some gas for his lawn mower. He only needed a small amount, so he pre-paid for $1.50’s worth of gas. Then when he started to pump the gas, he was surprised to see the total shoot past the amount he’d paid for. The gas can nearly overflowed, and Owen thought it was just a mistake.

When he went inside to pay for the extra gas, he was stunned when the cashier told him that a woman had paid two extra dollars to be put on Owen’s pump.

While Owen didn’t get a chance to thank the woman as she had already left, he made the decision to pay it forward by giving $2 to someone else anonymously.

See More of this Story by Owen Griffith at The Huffington Post HERE!

Image by: Chris Potter

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Around the World in 1500 Photos

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When John and Nikki Copleston visited a medieval castle in Wells, England, they discovered a camera memory card wrapped inside of a discarded ticket stub. In an attempt to locate the rightful owner of the memory card and to help return the lost photos, they viewed what was on the card and discovered that there were 1500 travel photos from a couple’s trip around the world.

Their search for the globe-trotting couple came up short so finally they turned to stuff.co.nz to post a few photos, hoping that the couple in them would be identified.

Just 20 minutes after the article was published on the site, the owners of the card were identified as Kate and Blu Lang.

The Coplestons quickly got in touch with the Langs and arranged to return their lost memory card containing precious memories. Pretty cool!

See More on this Story at stuff.co.nz HERE!

Image by: Mark Doliner

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Cop Recruits Kids

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Have you inexplicably been pulled over by a child with a badge? This might explain it:

A young family’s car broke down on the side of the road and a Pennsylvania Police Officer pulled over to see what the trouble was. He waited with the family for the tow truck to show up, and even gave the kids some little “badge tattoos.”

A bit later, a letter arrived for the family. In it were official police patches for the kids and a note that read, “Hopefully they can wear the rest of the uniform when they get old enough.”

Read the full story here!

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Ruger The Rescue Dog

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In a small town near Yosemite National Park, lived Ruger. Ruger was a dog rescued from a life spent sequestered on a ranch in one of the hottest areas of California. He was picked up by a kind man, brought to the mountains, and got to do cool things like go to work every day on construction sites, ride around town in a big green work van, and walk around the local hardware store, knowing exactly where to go to garner a treat.

Then one day Ruger required surgery, expensive surgery. And it was in question whether or not the costs could be covered. So, what did the people in this small town do? They began raising money for the beloved Ruger so he could get the procedure he needed.

People drove to the vet to donate money, people donated via GoFundMe, people spread the word on Facebook. The compassion poured in.

Unfortunately after the surgery, Ruger went to dog heaven, but he went to dog heaven knowing he was loved and supported by his kind family and a giving town that adored him.

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Street Sweeper Saves Art

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In Courtenay, B.C., a seven-year-old girl was creating an artistic masterpiece on the road with simple and colorful lines of chalk.

Then, along came a monster of a machine–a city street sweeper–and the inevitable moment of destruction arrived. The little girl and her father stood by, watching as horror approached.

But then, inexplicably, the street sweeper lifted its brushes over the cheerful drawings then set them down on the other side and kept going.

The kind man behind the big, burly street sweeper (the arch enemy of sidewalk art), saved not only the art, but the young artist’s day too.

Read more of this story–and see the video!–on CBC News.

*Image by: Eli Christman

(*note this is a depiction of the art in the story, not the actual art. But we have no doubt the darling seven-year-old artist will one day be famous.)

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Feeding Firefighters

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Firefighter Ryan Klavohn and a fellow firefighter were shopping for groceries in Bolingbrook, Illinois, when they abruptly had to leave their cart because they received an ambulance call.

Ryan and his buddy transported a patient then returned to the store for their groceries. The men were near the cash register when another ambulance call came in and, again, they had to leave their full cart.

When they finally returned, they found a pleasant surprise waiting for them.

“It’s not uncommon that we have to leave and come back but by now it was our third time there,”Ryan explained. “We went to pick up the groceries and they told us someone paid for all of them. After being confused for quite a few minutes, we saw a very nice note.”

In the note, the person who paid for the contents of their cart (approximately $50 in groceries) explained that it was a “pleasure”to pay for them. The donor, who did not leave a name, also thanked them for all they do.

For Ryan, the Act of Good was an unexpected role reversal of sorts, since usually he and his colleagues are looking out for and helping their community.

See More of this Story by Kaylee Heck at GOOD MORNING AMERICA Here!

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A Kind Sheriff, A Great Kid, & A Glass Of Lemonade

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Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos in Lake County, Ohio, recently stopped by a lemonade stand run by a 9-year-old girl. She went over to him with lemonade and he gave her a few dollars then inquired what the proceeds would go toward. She shared that she wanted an iPad to play games and do school work on.

The next day the deputy arrived back at the lemonade stand, this time with a brand new iPad. He asked the girl how much money she’d saved and she informed him she gave a lot of the proceeds to her mom because her mom needed gas for the car.

“When she told me she gave the money to her mom … that’s when I almost started crying because of how great of a kid she really was,” Ropos said.

A kind sheriff, a great kid, and an act of kindness that all started with a spark of an idea and a squeeze of a lemon.

Read more of this story by Rebecca Gruber on PopSugar!

Image Source: Facebook user Lake County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

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The Wonderful West Side Cafe

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Debra and Shaun had previously visited the West Side Café with their infant daughter, Glory, who was one of their four children. But this time when they visited, they came without Glory.

Kayla Lane, the 21 year-old who has worked at the West Side Café for four years, was surprised and saddened to learn that little Glory had passed away—reasons unknown.

So when it came time for Debra and Shaun to pay for their meal, they glanced at the check that read, “Your ticket has been paid for. We are terribly sorry for your loss. God Bless. —The West Side.”

“We are all a community and we have to stick together and help each other,” the young waitress said. “I felt it was my duty to help them simply through one day and the help I chose to give them was picking up their ticket. It wasn’t because they necessarily needed it, it wasn’t because I felt bad, it was simply to show them that there are strangers out there willing to help them through this difficult time.”

See More of this Story by Terri Peters at TODAY Here!

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Because She Was Reminded Of Her Father…

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Lillie Johnson was working the lunch rush at Lincoln’s O Sandwiches, ringing up customer after customer. When she got to Bob Durling’s order—a slice of pie—something out of the ordinary happened.

A woman named Nanette Wargo interrupted and told Lillie she would pay for the man’s order.

“Bob,” Lillie, said to the man waiting to pay. “She’s paying for you.”

Slightly confused, Bob looked to Nanette for an explanation.

“I want to,” the kind stranger explained, “because you remind me of my father.”

The two talked for a few minutes, Nanette revealing that her father was a U.S. Navy veteran. Bob shared that he is also a veteran; he served from 1942 to 1946.

As for why Nanette paid for a stranger’s food, she said, “He reminded me of my dad. You know a soldier when you see one. These people need to be taken care of. And if you can make someone happy by spending a few dollars, why not do it?”

See More of this Story by Carrie Steinweg at NWI.com Here!

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Driving Good

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In Black Mountain, North Carolina, a man—who wishes to remain anonymous—overheard a conversation at a car dealership. On one end of the phone was Connie, a single mother of three, who desperately needed a car. On the other end, a sales manager.

The anonymous man announced that he was going to go home and pray about buying the woman that car. “Nobody thought he was serious,” the owner of the dealership said.

The man returned to the dealership and ended up paying $2,200 for a used car for Connie, while Connie’s father took care of the $800 down payment.

“I cried and thanked him at least a thousand times,” the grateful woman revealed to ABC News. “He gave me an extra $100 and said the first tank of gas was on him.”

“You hear so many negative things about the world and then you see someone do a good deed without a single gain,” the dealership owner added. “Once it set in, it really hit home for everyone here.”

See More of this Story by ABC News at WJLA.com Here!

Image by: N.C.

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Ol’ Fashioned Good

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18 year–old Christian Trousedale works at a market in the UK. When 95 year-old Bob Malloy needed help carrying home his groceries, Christian didn’t hesitate to help.

The following week, when the same gentleman went grocery shopping and expressed concern about the strong winds, Christian, again, walked home with the man, carrying his groceries.

That’s when a local fast food worker snapped a photo of the pair and posted it on Facebook. The Act of Good caught on camera now has over 285,000 likes and, as a result, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help thank the grocery store employee for his kindness.

As for Christian, he’s pretty surprised by the response the incident has gotten, saying, “This is just something I would normally do. My parents have raised me to treat other people like you want to be treated yourself.”

This Act of Good makes us nostalgic for the days when the milkman delivered milk and doctors made house calls. Ol’ fashioned Good.

See More of this Story by Kimberly Yam at the Huffington Post Here!

Image by: Janice Waltzer (Note this image is an expression of our nostalgia rather than representative of the actual grocery store in the story. But we’re guessing you knew that already…)

 

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Announcement Of Gratitude

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2015 has been a rough year for Amanda Hopkins Herman. She lost her mother, lost her grandmother two weeks later, and her father has been in and out of the hospital.

Unable to afford the costs for her grandmother’s funeral, Amanda organized a community fundraiser and shared the announcement on Facebook.

Dr. Keyur Parikh had never met Amanda or her family but when he came across the announcement, he knew he had to do something to help. “When you see someone in need, why not help them if you can,” Dr. Parikh said.

While the fundraiser raised $5,290, more than they had hoped for, Amanda was shocked to learn that Dr. Parikh paid the balance on the funeral. The balance was over $2,800.

Amanda took to Facebook to express her gratitude in a post that became viral in Northeast Mississippi. “I want the world to know what this man has done for my family,” she said.

An announcement of gratitude. We can help with that. :)

See More of this Story by Michaela Morris at djournal.com Here!

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Anonymous Kindness

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83 year-old Carl Taddeo was at his favorite dinner spot—the Mansfield Family Restaurant—after a rough day. Carl and his wife have been married for 33 years but for the past year his wife has been in a nursing home that he visits twice a day. And when dinnertime comes around, Carl doesn’t like to cook nor does he like being alone so he often chooses to go out to eat.

On that particular evening at dinner, Carl was feeling a bit down due to health matters his wife was dealing with. After eating, he got ready to pay but the waitress informed him a young couple had already paid for his meal.

“I really felt good,” Carl said of the Act of Good. “I thought, well, someone is looking after you after all. I believe in guardian angels, and I think maybe they were trying to say that everything is going to work out OK, so quit worrying and don’t be afraid.”

His message to the kind couple? “Thank you for your generosity to a stranger! Know that it is appreciated and will be passed on.” A man of his word, he’s already paid for someone’s meal.

See More of this Story by Danielle Hess at the Mansfield News Journal Here!

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Kindness Art

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Few things have the power to start movements the way art does. One artist, who wishes to remain anonymous (we understand!), is using his talent to start a chain of Good.

The artist first created a series consisting of charcoal drawings and popular photographs. He then traveled around the Eugene-Springfield area showing his art in public places. Each piece had a note explaining the “Kindness Art” project: Anyone who chooses to take an art piece is asked to pay for it with an Act of Good.

What kind of Act of Good? He leaves the good deed up to the person who takes the art. “They get to help carry groceries, wash a car, give the guy who pumps your gas $10.”

The anonymous artist said, “Giving a piece of art to somebody, I’m helping to put kindness back into the world, which I think is better than just giving away art. I think selfless and kind acts, especially to strangers, can be contagious.”

See More of this Story by Lisa Nico at KVAL.com Here!

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A Helping Hand

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At a store in Fort Worth, cashier Christian Griffan apologized to a customer who approached the register. “I’m sorry, sir, this lady’s running out to her car to get some money.”

The customer, Karridy, glanced outside and asked, “The lady that’s driving away?”

Momentarily disappointed that the woman had apparently stolen the item, the cashier reached for his wallet.

The customer in line, Karridy, took note: “I’m like ‘you’re gonna pay for that? You shouldn’t pay for it… you’ve got cameras, get her plates and get her back here to pay for it!’ And he was like, ‘nah, she had formula.’”

Karridy was so impressed that the cashier was willing to pay for the alleged thief’s baby formula, he shared the incident on Facebook, where others quickly took notice and started donating money to pay Christian back for his act of gratitude. Pretty soon, neighbors had collected well beyond the cost of the formula.

Karridy used the money to purchase a gift card, and when Christian rang up the card and handed it to him, Karridy just slid it back to him and said, “No, that’s yours —that’s from your neighbors, we appreciate you.”

See More of this Story by Robbie Owens at CBS DFW Here!

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Defying Tradition To Do Good

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Harman Singh, 22, defied tradition and removed his turban to comfort a young boy who was struck by a car in New Zealand while walking to school.

Days later, the man dubbed a “Sikh Samaritan” visited the recovering 5 year old boy in the hospital and received a thank you card and flowers from the grateful family. And that’s not all…

When a local news station visited Mr. Singh to interview him, they filmed his home where he was sleeping on a mattress on the floor and only had plastic outdoor furniture to sit on inside. A local business owner took note and provided the humble heroic man with new furniture for his home.

Acts of Good followed by Acts of Good.

Read more of this story by Leesa Smith at the Daily Mail!

Image by: Nagarjun Kandukuru

 

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