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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…

Lovely Inside & Out

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Ruth Phaviset cares for her fellow humans. She has spent a lot of her life helping her family, taking care of her mother (before her mother passed away in 2012), and, as a certified nurse assistant, she’s cared for many patients. Ruth is all of 18 years old. In her own words, Ruth admits, “I can never go a day without taking care of somebody.” Ruth, in all her acts of selflessness, never really had a typical high school experience. For…

From Barefoot To Brand New

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29 year-old Oscar Aquino, manager of a Metro PCS store, noticed a homeless man sitting outside eating crackers and drinking a soda. Then Oscar spotted the man’s dirty, cut-up feet, so he went outside and asked what the man’s shoe size was. Without any hesitation, Oscar took off his own brand new shoes and handed them to the man. He then returned to the store and went back to work (barefoot?). Unbeknownst to Oscar, the Act of Good was caught on camera by Carla…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Compassion Gives You Power

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As part of our Luc and the Lovingtons Goodness Tour content series, we are pleased to share with the Anonymous Good tribe a new video fresh from the road! Luc says, “Compassion gives you power. Compassion gives you energy.” And their compassion, power, and energy are certainly palpable, as you will see. For more about the tour and to support their Goodness Tour challenge, visit their challenge page by clicking here.     

Interview With Author Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli is a prominent linguist and author of children’s fiction. Donna Jo, who received her B.A. (in Mathematics) and PhD (in Romance Languages) from Harvard University, has taught linguistics at Georgetown University and is currently a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College. Donna Jo is known for her extensive work on behalf of the deaf community and was named the 2014 recipient of the Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award by the Linguistic Society of America. Anonymous Good…

Birthday Boy Gives Gift Of Good

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People walking in or out of the Cape May County Social Services Building got quite the surprise recently. Waiting for them just outside was a great treat: free pizza and drinks! The reason? It was Stephen Morley’s 11th birthday, and he wanted to do something nice for others to celebrate. Stephen says he “got the idea from watching YouTube videos.” After seeing others helping people and making their days better, he knew he wanted to do something similar. So along…

Supernaw’s Serves Good (& Great Breakfast Burritos)

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It all started when a family contacted Supernaw’s BBQ on Facebook explaining that they’d lost everything to the Junction Fire in Oakhurst, California. They had no food, no home, and no clothes. Bret Supernaw knew he couldn’t solve everybody’s problems, but he could feed them, and that’s exactly what he did. Even with evacuation orders still in place for a lot of the town, Supernaw’s offered free breakfast burritos to all evacuees, displaced families, and fire service personnel. Other folks…

GOOD TO THE END – ONE POLICE OFFICER’S FINAL ACT OF KINDNESS

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All Officer Jeremy Henwood did was buy a bag of cookies for a young boy. Neither of them could have known that kind gesture was the last thing the San Diego Policeman would ever do. Minutes later, Henwood was shot to death in his patrol car in what appears to have been an unprovoked attack. But his final, simple act of kindness has forever changed the boy who was the last person to talk with the officer. Young Damian Tinsley…