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A Penny, A Daisy, & Two Kind Strangers

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Bud Caldwell spent almost 56 years with his wife, Betty, and even today, 2 years after her passing, he continues to honor her.

Every day, rain or shine, he drives to the Lakeside Park to visit the bench he bought and dedicated to her after her passing. And every day he talks to her then leaves a penny and a daisy—homage to their favorite songs: “Pennies from Heaven” and “Daisy a Day.”

But a few weeks ago, Bud wasn’t able to make it to the bench. There was too much snow on the path from his car to the bench, and Bud had already fallen once because of the snowy trek. Then two park employees noticed Bud sitting in his car instead of on the bench and the two men decided to get to work.

Together they shoveled the path clear for Bud, and not only that, they vowed to keep the path clear all winter long for the dedicated man-in-love.

“We have to make sure he can get to his bench and talk to his wife,” one of the kind strangers said.

Now Bud’s back to taking a penny and a daisy every day to his beloved Betty.

See more of this story by Scott Wise and CNN Wire at CBS 6 Here!

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If You Are Cold, I’m Yours

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Colorful scarves popped up everywhere on Peter Street in Orillia, Ontario, tied around trees and lampposts. A placard near the scarves read, “I’m not lost. If you are cold, I’m yours. I was put here for you to take!”

Days later, the scarves were all gone, only to quickly be replaced with more, this time on Mississaga Street. The placard was a little different this time, but just as heartwarming: “Need a scarf…take a scarf! We have not been left behind. Feel free to ‘tie one on.’”

Pretty cool warm!

See More on this Story by Dave Dawson at the Orillia Packet Here!

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The Miracle Of Gratitude

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“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” -Robert Holden

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Walking A Mile In Worn Shoes

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Yaovi Amaglo, a high school senior in North Carolina, noticed that a classmate was being teased about his worn-out shoes. No stranger to being teased, Yaovi remembers being mocked in much the same way and bought himself a new pair of shoes.

“But nobody knew what I did to get that pair of shoes,” Yaovi recalls. “I would cut my neighbors lawn and take out her trash and she would give me $20 which I save[d]… in order to buy that pair of shoes. So I understand not everyone is fortunate enough to afford new pairs of sneakers.”

So what did he do to help his classmate? He bought him a new pair of shoes.

See More of this Story by Scott Wise at WTVR Here!

Image by Chris Bogle is not an image of the shoes mentioned in the story but rather an image of a pair of worn-out chucks. We can’t speak to whether or not the person in this image has received a new pair of sneakers or not. Perhaps they don’t know the incredibly kind and cool Yaovi… :) 

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Solidarity Through Suspended Coffee

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Naples is a city full of rich culture and deep tradition, including a practice of doing Good that became popular during World War II and is making a comeback in the turbulent economic times.

Laura Cozzolino kept the tradition of suspended coffee, or caffé sospeso, in mind when she visited a local cafe recently. She ordered her usual espresso, and when the time came to pay her bill, she paid for two coffees, leaving the receipt for the second with the bartender. The second coffee was a suspended coffee- a gift for a stranger.

In some coffee bars, customers can toss receipts for paid cups of coffee into an unused coffee pot and the needy can come in and enjoy the gift. “It’s a simple, anonymous act of generosity,” Laura explained. “As a Neapolitan who tries to restrict herself to four coffees a day, I understand that coffee is important. It’s a small treat that no one should miss.”

While no one knows exactly how or when the tradition began, the solidarity of the citizens of Naples have taken it upon themselves to help each other. A city-wide cultural (and caffeinated!) act of Good.

See More of this Story by Gaia Pianigiani at the NY Times Here!

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There’s Always Time for Good…Even In The Cold

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True kindness isn’t just about doing Good for other humans, but for all things, including animals. Kansas City knows that pretty well, since one of their own police officers was recently caught doing Good.

A police officer on a motorcycle, who wishes to remain anonymous (we understand!), is considered a hero after reuniting two lost dogs with their owners.

Another officer pulled up on the scene to find the cop sitting in the cold on the side of the road, keeping the dogs occupied until the shelter could pick them up. “It’s cold. Most people wouldn’t look twice at some dogs running around.”Thanks to the cop’s kindness, the dogs’ owners, Austin and Ashley Mozingo, now have their dogs back.

“It’s good to know there are still police officers out there who still enjoy helping out the community,” Austin said. “Especially in helping out such sweet dogs.”

 See More of this Story by KFOR-TV and K. Querry Here!

*Image by Bryan Rosengrant

*Note that the image of the happy puppy above is not one of the happy puppies rescued but rather a puppy illustrating happiness. 

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Ryan Notley Changes the World

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What do you get when you combine the power of a talented and kind singer/songwriter/musician extraordinaire, with a small and compassionate town? Well, the question isn’t rhetorical and we have an answer (not that we’re bragging…well, maybe a little.)  What you get is a super amazing song written about a super amazing town doing super amazing Good.

We couldn’t be more excited. So. Much. Good.

Ryan Notley wrote and performed a song, “Change the World,” about the Good 4 Olds Challenge on Anonymous Good and has now shared the video with us. So here it is… (we’d give you a drumroll but we’re not musicians) the awesome video for “Change the World.”

*Applause* *Whistle* *Applause*

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Give The Gift Of Good This Holiday Season!

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Happy Holidays to the Anonymous Good Tribe!

If you’re looking for the MOST PERFECT GIFT EVER for ANYONE, ANYWHERE… we’ve got you covered.

Especially for those family members and friends who are sooooooo difficult to buy for!

It’s easy and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

In three easy steps:

1. Create a Challenge in someone’s name and personalize it with an image or video intro.

2. Post Acts of Good directly on their unique Challenge page that you do in their name.

3. Send them a link to their Challenge page so no matter where they are in the world, they can see all the Good you’ve done as a gift to them!

Here’s an example of an Anonymous user who recently created a Challenge for their husband for the holidays. We’ll admit to adoring this. Lucky guy.

In conclusion: When you do Acts of Good in someone’s name and post them on a unique page just for them, you make them feel great, you feel Good, the people you helped feel great, so does anyone who reads the Acts of Good, AND you’ve also helped feed people, supply clean water, clean air and free people from slavery. If you need a refresher on how it works, this is for you.

That’s a heckuva gift and there are no ugly ties involved.

This holiday season, Do Good. Feel Good. And Change the World.

Cheers,
The Anonymous Good Team

 

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Lao Tzu on Kindness

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“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” LAO TZU

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Flower Power!

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For the past eight months, Knox Flowers & Gifts and Montana Radio Company’s MIX 102.3 have been randomly delivering bouquets of flowers to people as a gift of Good.

“The best time to get flowers is when you don’t expect them,” Beckie Peterson, general sales manager for 102.3, said. Five years ago she was given a cup of coffee as an act of Good then later she visited a flower shop. After putting the two together—an act of Good and a bouquet of flowers—she approached the owner of the flower shop, Randi Risher, and the two happily joined forces on the idea to brighten people’s lives just a little bit.

Now they find a recipient for the day—a gentleman loading groceries into his car, a mother with a fussy child—and delight in the act of giving them flowers.

“It’s not about receiving credit, ”Randi said. “It’s just about making somebody’s day.”

See More of this Story by Alexander Deedy at the Independent Record Here!

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Ideas To: Do Good. Feel Good. Change the World.

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We loved this user-submited list of ideas for doing Good (obviously, but we may be a wee bit partial). Enjoy!

Good: Tell a friend how to post on Anonymous Good

Great: Invite some friends over and show them how to post on Anonymous Good

Gandhi: Work with the community to show everyone how to post on Anonymous Good, so everyone can Do Good. Feel Good. Change the World. (Just like Olds, Alberta, Canada did!)

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The (Haunted) House Of His Dreams

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Twenty-six year-old Jacob Bailey made it his mission to build a haunted house in the parking lot of Southern Hills Hospital. He and a group of volunteers from Molasky Junior High School worked to get the haunted house up and running in time for Halloween—all with the goal of giving visitors a Good scare, and raising money to go towards further Good.

All in all, it took eight months and a lot of work to build the haunted house of their dreams. As for Jacob, the haunted house is his way of showing the junior high kids that volunteering is not just a great thing to do to give back to your community, but can also be really fun. So far, the haunted house has been a great success in that regard. “There have been times when they’re working eight-hour days,” he said. “For a 13-year-old kid, that’s a long time for manual labor. To see them recognized for this, that’s the best thing I could imagine.”

The proceeds will go towards the Public Education Foundation, the Shade Tree Shelter, and an orphanage in Taiwan.

Having fun while doing Good—what could be better?

See More of this Story by Kirsten Joyce at 8 News Now Here!

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Buzzed on Coffee & Anonymous Acts of Good

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The morning rush for coffee began early in Geneva, Illinois, at a local 7-Eleven store. At about 5:30am, an anonymous do-gooder paid $100 toward the coffee of those who would come after him.

“The first customer came in,”Therese, the owner of the store, relayed. “I said, ‘Have a fabulous day. Your coffee has been bought by an anonymous person.’” The customer, however, handed Therese the $2 he’d intended to buy his coffee with and asked her to use it towards the next customer’s purchase.

Almost every single customer that morning put money forward for the next customer or paid for the next customer’s items themselves, purchasing chips, doughnuts, and energy drinks, and the Good was just getting started.

The chain of Good went on for 12 more hours, growing from $100 worth of purchases for other customers to $500 worth. The Good ended up involving approximately 800 people.

“It was the coolest thing, ”Therese said. “People think that everybody’s hearts have gotten harder and gotten greedy … and just to see that act of generosity passed on and passed on. It was great.”

Therese, who owns two other 7-Eleven stores, has never seen this kind of thing happen before. “It really is humbling,” she noted, “and you just feel that we have the nicest people in our community.”

See More of this Story by Brenda Schory at the Kane County Chronicle Here!

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Cop Gives Hope Instead Of A Ticket

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Police officer, Ben Hall, pulled over a car in Emmett Township, Michigan, when he noticed a 5-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing a seatbelt but wasn’t in the proper booster seat.

The little girl’s mother, Lexi DeLorenzo, explained the series of unfortunate events that included her fiancé losing his job and being diagnosed with cancer, living paycheck to paycheck on income from Lexi’s part-time job, and having their car repossessed. Unfortunately, she just couldn’t afford a booster seat.

Instead of giving her a ticket, Ben asked Lexi to meet him at a nearby Walmart. While they were there, Ben bought a booster seat for the child, paying for it out of his own pocket.

About the Good, Ben said, “She was telling me that she hit a rough patch. I know that writing a citation wasn’t going to solve the problem. The biggest thing I wanted to do is give the child a reliable and dependable booster seat and giving someone a ticket is not going to fix that.”

“It was an unforgettable experience,”Lexi said.“I’ve never heard of a cop going out of his way —when he could have easily given me a ticket and made things more difficult. He, out of his own pocket and the kindness of his heart, did something to help me.”

Lexi shared that the kind cop’s actions changed her life by giving her more than just a booster seat. He gave her hope as well, which is way better than a ticket, if you ask us.

See More of this Story by A. Pawlowski at TODAY Here!

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One Balloon & Two Happy Hearts

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A 3-year-old boy happily got a balloon at the Penn Township Fall Festival. He was playing with it when it got away from him and floated out of reach and into the sky. The young boy was so distraught at the loss of his balloon that his body shook and tears rolled down his face.

His grandmother watched as nearby adults snickered and laughed at the major event in the child’s day. Then out from the crowd, a young girl, about 14-years-old, rushed over with another balloon in her hand for the upset little boy.

The grandmother was unable to catch the name of the kind and quick-thinking girl but the Act of Good warmed her heart and the heart of her grandson. One balloon leading to two happy hearts.

Check Out Cindy Boucher’s Story and Other Acts of Good at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Here!

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Soul Of The Giver

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“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” –Maya Angelou

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