Tracy Orr couldn’t afford to make payments on her home after she lost her job. “It’s just been a bad deal,” Tracy told CNN. She had even sold $12,000 worth of property and paid the mortgage company thinking it would stop the foreclosure. But it didn’t work; the house was foreclosed on and put up for auction. Sometimes it’s a complete stranger that will show you the most compassion; like when ananonymous Good Samaritan bought struggling single mom Connie Cole a brand new car.
“She didn’t know I was doing it,” Marilyn says. “I just kept asking her if [her home] was worth it, and she just kept crying. She probably thought I was crazy, ‘Why does this woman keep asking me that?’ “
“She said, ‘I did this for you. I’m doing this for you,’” Tracy says. “When it was all done, I was just in shock.”
Raising enough to get one man off the streets for good.
After leaving the army at 21 to care for his ill parents, Martin's life sadly went downhill. With his parents passing away when he was 28, Martin became depressed. After moving in with the love of his live, he found out that she had been cheating on him - and as a result, was told to leave her flat. With nowhere else to go, Martin asked the city council for help; shelters were full, all they could do was offer him a sleeping bag. Martin has been living on the streets for two years now.
I walk past Martin most days on the way to work, It wasn't till I stopped and listened to his story that I realised I could help. As an advertising Creative, I normally spend a lot of time promoting big businesses and in turn, making them money. Who's to say doing the same won't work for Martin.
"After 11 months apart, one military serviceman couldn't wait to get home to his family - including his 11-month-old son. You have to see what the random stranger he sat next to on the plane did to honor him."
It’s the little choices that matter. Do you set up your own home office or join a co-working community? Shop at a chain grocery store or a local food co-op? Bank or credit union? We all face these decisions every day. The choice is deceptively simple -- go it alone or build something together. Building together always ends up better. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from freelancers -- your network is everything. The most successful independent workers are the ones who know you need people to turn to when you’re in a dry spell, or you’re overloaded with ...
It wasn’t much. A handful of change at best. The boy, Jack Swanson, went over to the mosque himself to hand over his money, a few dollars and cents that he had collected, penny by penny, over perhaps a period of years. He may have known it wasn’t much; to Jack it didn’t matter.
“Jack’s $20 are worth $20 million to us because it’s the thought that counts,” declared one of the mosque’s board members when interviewed by ABC News that day. “Jack is just a little older than my son, Ibrahim. If we have more kind-hearted kids like them in the world, I have hope for our future.”
Jack’s gesture is like that proverbial pebble thrown into the pond. It wasn’t much. But it was everything.
The 9 Nanas (who all consider themselves sisters, despite what some of their birth certificates say) will whip up hundreds of pound cakes, as part of a grand scheme to help those in need. And then, before anyone gets as much as a glimpse of them, they’ll disappear back into their daily lives. The only hint that may remain is the heavenly scent of vanilla, lemon and lime, lingering in the air.
"Mason Wartman, 26, started his pizzeria, Rosa's Fresh Pizza, in Philadelphia with $250,000 that he saved while working on Wall Street. Mason's pizza starts at $1.00 per slice, and although the pizza is good, he is known for something else: Customers are allowed to spend an extra $1.00 and fill out a Post-it note as credit for someone in need. Whenever someone is in need of food, they can come by Rosa's, grab a Post-it, and turn it in as payment."
Shareable has published many stories about the gift economy and living without money. While they're often inspiring and popular, they often bring up fear of survival. People ask, “Is this really possible for ME?” or “Will I become homeless or sick and die from poverty?” Personally, I've questioned whether living in the gift economy is realistic only for privileged, healthy people.
A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Most importantly, Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply thinking about moving his limbs,
Philani is a 24 year-old South African homeless man and sidewalk bookworm (currently based in Johannesburg). He spends his days on different street corners with his expansive library of books, which he reviews at anybody’s request. He has read all the books in his collection, sells some to raise money for himself and his homeless friends, and give some children’s books away to encourage kids to read.
What better way to give back than giving to people who give? I really think the whole concept is genius and completely original. Everyone on Youtube has been making videos about giving to the homeless (Including myself) so I thought i'd step outside the box and give to the people who are doing the giving.
Ripil is a free iPhone app that lets you connect with people on a human level, express your kindness toward the world around you, and allows you to keep track of the continued good that happens after your deed is accomplished.
You don't know me. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and generous to someone you had never met...
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