The Safe Ground Stake Down homeless fair is the latest development in the four-year evolution of Sacramento's Safe Ground movement, whose goal is to provide safe temporary shelter for Sacramento's estimated 1,000 homeless people.
A year after collecting more than 2,000 pairs of shoes and raising more than $4,000 for an orphanage in La Gonave, Haiti, Merrimack High School junior Hannah Vaccaro is busying herself again with a new project.
Timothy Utton's insight:
It is incredible to see a teenager take so much initiative to help this community in Haiti.
For 25 years, a group of a dozen or so friends -- all with developmental disabilities -- have maintained a friendship stronger and more long-lasting than many middle-aged people can claim. They have their parents to thank for it.
It is just plain nice to witness those rare moments when people show real kindness to each other, and psychologists have a phrase for that: It's called moral elevation, that warm-and-fuzzy feeling you get from simply witnessing compassion. Scientists know that moral elevation tends to nudge people toward behaving more altruistically themselves, and now some new research has helped explain this effect by recording what happens inside the brain and body when we see a little bit of niceness occur.
"Sir, if you don't mind, could you help me eat?" That's what a disabled customer asked a fast food worker, and he didn't think twice, putting on gloves and feeding her carefully at a table at Qdoba Mexican Grill in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. David Jones, who was nearby, was touched by the encounter and shared his video with CNN affiliate WAVE. The worker, Ridge Quarles, explains their special relationship.
"She didn't get to get out of her house very often, but whenever she did, she always told me, 'Ridge, this is my most favorite place to eat,'" Quarles tells WAVE.
Quarles said he's not sure of the woman's name or background but he sees her get dropped off by a bus that helps disabled people. Sometimes she can't even get into the store. Quarles said the woman has to wait outside until someone opens the door for her.
Meanwhile, the man who shot the video wants everyone to know what a small act of kindness can do.
Jones tells WAVE, "It seems to me that if everybody in the world would just use the little simple gift that they have to maybe benefit somebody else, think what the world would be like."
An upbeat immigrant from Ghana, known for his cheerful helping of customers at the Walmart in Federal Way, is being honored by the retail giant for his quick work in returning an envelope stuffed with cash to the customers who had accidentally...
Pat Filippone is in the business of raising money in her role as executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Osceola County But on Thursday, business gave way to emotion as she thanked a group of high school students for choosing Habitat as the recipient of a $1,200 grant.
The students are members of a new program at Harmony High School that's teaching kids how to make a difference through charitable giving.
In recent years, the regional councils for both organizations have made special efforts to reach out to young people with disabilities to make sure they know they are welcome, that activities can be adapted or modified as needed, and that all leaders are ready to be inclusive.
The intent is "not just to include Scouts with disabilities, but to advance them through the ranks.
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