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Homeless man returns a ring and gets a boost

Homeless man returns a ring and gets a boost | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Billy Ray Harris returned my wife's engagement ring after she accidentally put it into his cup. You may have heard the stories. A friend of my wife's told a local Kansas City news station, KCTV. They ran a story, and it went viral big-time, eventually being picked up by many national and international news outlets. After friends expressed interest in helping out Billy Ray I put this site together to take donations for him. All donations will be given directly to Billy Ray at the end of the 90 day GiveForeward Campaign. Thank you for your generosity.

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Sweet story. Billy Ray Harris kept the ring and returned it to its owner. She and her husband started a GiveForward campaign for him - now nearing $145,000.

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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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Hear What This 97-Year-Old Lesbian Has To Say About Gay Marriage

Hear What This 97-Year-Old Lesbian Has To Say About Gay Marriage | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
'I had to struggle to make it. This is mind-boggling. This is wonderful.'
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People like Jerre Kalbas will no longer have to hide their identity in the U.S.

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Ikea is raising minimum wage a second time since the first was so successful

Ikea is raising minimum wage a second time since the first was so successful | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

The nordic Ikea already has a pretty decent environmental record. Last year Ikea upped its game by raising the average minimum wage for US employees. They used MIT's Living Wage Calculator in their decision making process. The website purportedly calculates the living wage in counties and states of the United States. Ikea's policy used the calculator for its American retail businesses as a starting point for employees. That decision was good news last year:


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For anyone who complains that paying people a decent salary hurts business, here is a test case.

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This Girl Gets a Heartwarming Surprise on The Day Before Her Wedding

This Girl Gets a Heartwarming Surprise on The Day Before Her Wedding | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When Minnesota resident Andre Pearson, who suffers from congestive heart failure, was told that he was too sick to attend his daughter Alexandra's wedding in California, he was understandably heart...
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Another heartwarming story from the Kindness Blog

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What Kale and Arugula Have to Do with Reducing Recidivism

What Kale and Arugula Have to Do with Reducing Recidivism | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This group is soothing inner-city tensions, spade in hand.
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Children of the Penal System Learn Hope on the Dance Floor

Children of the Penal System Learn Hope on the Dance Floor | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Inspired by Orange is the New Black, Sheena Jeffers uses dance to reach kids with parents behind bars.
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19 of the Very Best 'Uplifting Photos of the Day'

19 of the Very Best 'Uplifting Photos of the Day' | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Human Beings. Animals. Family. Fun. Friendship. Love. Laughter....What more could you need? 1. These are Men who know how to live a little... 2. An Image That Perfectly Captures True Sisterhood... ...
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Today's entry on the Kindness Blog will lift your heart.

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Communities Grow Stronger with Fruit Tree Projects

Communities Grow Stronger with Fruit Tree Projects | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Fruit Tree Projects are helping feed communities all over the world. Here’s how the Santa Cruz fruit tree project got started.
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We have one in my hometown too - such a terrific idea.

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Calgary ducklings get ride to safety from cab driver

Calgary ducklings get ride to safety from cab driver | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A Calgary cab driver rescued a duck and her ducklings from traffic and drove them to the river.
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Here's a good-news story for you to enjoy.

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Can an Interstate Bug Highway Save the Monarch Butterflies?

Can an Interstate Bug Highway Save the Monarch Butterflies? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The proposed 'butterfly corridor' will stretch 1,500 miles to help protect one of the world's most amazing migrating creatures.
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How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead -- and to love the students, no matter what -- is a model for leaders in all fields.
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Her solutions to failing schools are simple and powerful: love and high expectations. She refuses to label children as failures.

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Airline Tests Midair Meditation to Calm Nervous Travelers

Airline Tests Midair Meditation to Calm Nervous Travelers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Is in-flight mindfulness the right tool to soothe the fear of flying?
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Next time I sit next to someone who's terrified of flying, I'll try to remember this.

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Is Acting Like a Grown-Up Overrated?

Is Acting Like a Grown-Up Overrated? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
30 going on 10: Adults these days are choosing coloring books and superheroes over mortgages and marriage licenses.
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This Woman is Our Hero. She Traveled 1,652 Miles to Rescue 100 Dogs

This Woman is Our Hero. She Traveled 1,652 Miles to Rescue 100 Dogs | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Warning: Some of the images in this article show animal abuse and may be distressing. A social-media campaign has rallied around a woman in China, Yang Xiaoyun, who reportedly paid over $1,000 on S...
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Be prepared...this story from Kindness Blog will break your heart as it lifts your spirit.

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15 Humans That Saved Millions of Other Humans, by Kindness Blog

15 Humans That Saved Millions of Other Humans, by Kindness Blog | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Whether it be due to a lifetime of work or research, or perhaps just because of an incredible 'in the moment' decision, the following 15 people have been credited with saving the lives of millions of people worldwide. Find out more about these extraordinary -- and sometimes seemingly just ordinary -- people who have helped shape the course of history.
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Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park to be new name of Prince George park

Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park to be new name of Prince George park | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Councillors in Prince George, B.C., have voted in favour of renaming a civic park to commemorate a dark past with a local First Nation.
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Thank you, PG Councillors, for taking this step - which is among the 94 recommendations made by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

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Our Lists - By Aline Weiller

Our Lists - By Aline Weiller | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
My mother says we all have a list. It contains people who need us at some point, in some way. They are our personal "assignments." We may not realize our role in another’s life, until retrospect sn...
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We may never know what lists we are on, but we can consider our own lists of people whose lives intersect with ours.

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Health care should be a team sport

Health care should be a team sport | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. Now, Dishman puts his experience and his expertise as a medical tech specialist together to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care -- by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team.
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"Personalized medicine" means more than just an abstract concept to Eric Dishman.

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How Brooklyn's Largest Housing Project Is Getting Its Residents Online

How Brooklyn's Largest Housing Project Is Getting Its Residents Online | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Go inside the community-led effort that's giving 7,000 low-income people digital access — for free.
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Some lives will be changed for the better because of this.

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This Haryana Village Sarpanch started the 'Selfie with Daughter' Campaign to Save the Girl Child - The Better India

This Haryana Village Sarpanch started the 'Selfie with Daughter' Campaign to Save the Girl Child - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The contest has already received over 500 entries so far from all over the country!
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Car-Free Cyclists Give Back to the Road

Car-Free Cyclists Give Back to the Road | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Daily travel can take a toll on our transportation system, and learning to share the road with more car-free cyclists might be the key to reversing this damage.
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Margaret Heffernan: Dare To Disagree, by Thu-Huong Ha

Margaret Heffernan: Dare To Disagree, by Thu-Huong Ha | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren't echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree."
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Conventional wisdom is sometimes just that - conventional. We need the divergent thinkers, even though they often make us uncomfortable.

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99-Year-Old Grandmother's Lessons on Change

99-Year-Old Grandmother's Lessons on Change | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
She embraces that which improves her life, tolerates what is inevitable and discounts what is meaningless to her... pretty straightforward.

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That kind of attitude is common in people who live well into old age.

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5 Cities That Are Making Eco-Friendly Living a Reality

5 Cities That Are Making Eco-Friendly Living a Reality | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When facing climate change, these urban areas have found ways to be more green.
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92-year-old seeks to become oldest woman to finish marathon : News

92-year-old seeks to become oldest woman to finish marathon : News | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO • A 92-year-old cancer survivor is seeking to become the oldest woman to finish a marathon.
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Another model of healthy aging

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