good

Thanks For Being Like A Dad

Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 10.19.34 AM

Anthony Nolan, a police officer in New London, Connecticut, regularly reads books to children in the area. But recently he was injured on the job and took some time out for recovery. And one of those kids that he reads to had something to say about it: “My mom says [you're] hurt. I’m sad because you can’t read to me. I don’t have a dad — only you read to me,” the boy explained. “Thanks [for] being like a dad…

Anything Is Possible When…

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 10.46.36 AM

Sometimes it’s good to simply stir the mind, to ask it questions that open new pathways in our brains. And with that in mind, Barney’s New York just revealed new window installations with the starter statements: “Anything is possible when…” The thought-provoking window displays are in place to celebrate the International Day of the Girl, which serves to raise awareness for girls’ rights on a global level, and will be up across 15 stores until October 14th. And if you want…

Words From The Window Seat

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 8.30.43 AM

We all need a little pick-me-up-now and then. And where better to receive this than after schlepping luggage through an airport, rushing to our gate, waiting with herds of people, then finally making it onto our flight? Taylor Tippett, a flight attendant, decided to start spreading kindness, one note at a time. She now leaves “pick me up” notes for passengers lucky enough to snag a window seat on one of her flights. Some of the notes read: “Be the…

A Smile Through Darkness

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 8.53.45 AM

Michael Maroney, a Master Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force, rescued over 140 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One of those people he saved was a 3-year-old girl named LeShay Brown. An airman caught a picture of the pair after the rescue–the young girl’s smile as she hugged her rescuer taking center stage. “When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders,” Maroney later told ABC News. “Everything in…

Killing Unkindness With Kindness

2389614746_c6d5011d2b_z-2

Dianne Hoffmeyer had been up all night with her 2-year-old toddler who was teething. And after a sleepless night and early morning doctor appointment, she and her daughter trekked to Tim Horton’s in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. While she ordered doughnut holes for her daughter and much needed coffee for herself, she overheard two women behind her making snide comments about her. At one point they even called her a “whale.” What the mean girls didn’t know–and ultimately matters little as…

Champions of Dreams

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 8.59.14 AM

We love cheer leaders. And by that we mean leaders of cheer, of support and encouragement of others (but if you prefer to hold pom poms while cheering, we’ll support and encourage that too). With that spirit in mind, J.J. Watt and Kevin Durant (of NFL and NBA fame, respectively) are well versed in what it means to be cheered on. So in this video we came across, they turn the tables and take to the streets, championing the dreams of others….

A Home For A Night

2498847226_5ee6962d70_z

A mother and her baby showed up at the police station in Hyattsville, Maryland, survivors of alleged domestic abuse. They arrived hungry and homeless. Cpl. Che’ Atkinson called a distant relative of the woman’s to come get her and her baby, but when he arrived back at the station the next morning, the woman and her baby were still there. So the kind officer found a car seat for the baby, then loaded the mother and her baby in his…

Trading Tales For Trims

15963758684_ea141b10de_z

What do you get when you have a kind barber who wants to encourage children to read? You get Iowa barber Courtney Holmes at a community back to school bash where kids get free haircuts in exchange for reading aloud to the barber during the cut. “I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes told a reporter. A grade-level reading coordinator, Caitlin Daniels, was also on hand to help those who struggled to tell the tales. “It’s great,” she said. “All…

Feeding Firefighters

8327741521_1ab41fdb69_z

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…

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

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 9.36.35 AM

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…

The Wonderful West Side Cafe

15885090090_659ca3d3ac_z

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…

Driving Good

IMG_2261

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…

Not Inspired To Do Good Deeds Today? It’s Okay. Try Reading About Good.

339399881_93fc6583d9_o

Doing Acts of Good feels good. We know this, we know that science supports this. We’re also loving that science tells us that, through participation with an Act of Good—be it through giving, receiving, witnessing, or even reading about Acts of Good—our brains are stimulated in the same way. A recent article in The New Yorker states: “Since the discovery, in the mid-nineties, of “mirror neurons”—neurons that fire in our brains both when we perform an action ourselves and when we…

Ol’ Fashioned Good

71657340_df2bb720a0_z

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…

Announcement Of Gratitude

3199085284_52e5031d2c_z

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…

A Spoonful of Kindness (With Hot Sauce!)

5414164772_29b9a9e5e5_z

Ridge Quarles has worked at Qdoba in Louisville for five years and counting. Over those years, he’s gotten to know the regular customers pretty well – he’s gone to a few birthday parties, and was even invited to a wedding – but there’s one customer in particular he goes above and beyond for. The customer’s identity is unknown at this point, but she is always dropped off by a TARC bus that offers transportation services to people with disabilities. The…

Interview with Ethos Planetware Founder

this plate is made from plants.001

Here at Anonymous Good, we hate to brag (not really) but we meet some of the coolest people doing the coolest things in the world. Today is no exception— Randall Stainton is the founder of Planetware. And because we’re big fans of sharing Good that people do in the world, we sat down (virtually) for a Q&A with Randall. We’ve heard fun things about Planetware from fun people (so obviously it’s amazing). What is Planetware exactly? Planetware is plant-based tableware…

Your Friend, The Owner

15713475269_d5e00009f4_z

Ashley Jorin, owner of P.B. Jams in Oklahoma, noticed that someone had been diving through the dumpster outside of her restaurant, rummaging through the food containers. “I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it,” Ashley said. Taking action, Ashley hung a sign that read: “To…