Companies That Care

Prank for Good – Helping the Homeless

There are many stories about people who do pranks on others.  Most of the time those are to make someone look foolish or to upset someone.  This story is about a prank that is for good.  This prank is on the owner of a pizza parlor.  Watch this video and see how these guys pull this prank on their friend (who owns the store).  But in fact it really is not a prank at all.  It is an opportunity for them to serve the homeless.  Once they get into the pizza parlor (after making up a story that they left their wallet there on a visit earlier in the day) they make short work of making as many pizzas as they can.  They make 30 pizzas.  Then they leave their friend the money for the supplies and go to work.  They head down to a shelter and start handing out hot pizzas to homeless.  They get smiles and even prayers.  They even gave them $5 for drinks as they did not have drinks to pass out.  How wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of the people who they are serving.  But watch closely.  I think they are enjoying giving almost as much as the people who get the pizzas are about receiving.  Giving is a wonderful thing.  This is my kind of prank.  Thank you guys for showing us how fun it is to give.

Thanks to Amy W for sending us this story.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

prank for good - helping the homeless

 

Every Child Deserves a Smile

Here is a story about a little girl.  This little girl is a member of a famous family.  That would be enough to make you smile.  But when she was born she could not smile. This little one was born with a cleft lip and palate.  It is a defect that can be corrected but it takes many surgeries.  Now she and her family are using their fame to help others with the same condition.  Mia Robertson, daughter of Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, was born with a cleft lip and palate. She has had 5 surgeries to correct this defect.  She and her family have put together an organization to inform people and help children with this defect.  It is called miamoo.org.  Watch this short video as it shows this brave little girl talk about her condition to help others.  Then go to miamoo.org to see what you can do to understand this condition and to help others because like Mia says. “Every kid deserves a smile”.

Thanks to Patricia M for sharing this story with us.  If you see a story that you would like us to share please send it to us either by facebook or by email alittlegoodnewmail@gmail.com.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Every Child deserves a smile

 

Doing the Right Thing – HeTurns in Money

Here is a story about an honest man who does the right thing.  Joe Cornell is a hard working man who lives in Fresno, CA. Joe is currently working through the Salvation Army rehabilitation program.  While working one day he thought he saw something unusual.  When he went to investigate he found a bag full of money and checks.  He remembered seeing a Brinks truck pull away some time before.  Even though he is a man of few means and could really use the money, he didn’t give it a second thought.  ”I thought what kind of man do I want my grandkids to think I am”.   So he called his boss and told him that he found some money.  The police interviewed him and told him he was one in a million.  He said he was trying to get his life together and he wanted his family to be proud of him.  I researched this story and found out that Brinks did reward this man (even though he didn’t expect it) with $5000 and and also donated another $5000 to the Salvation Army program.  Way to go Brinks for giving him the recognition he deserved.  Joe, you are our hero by doing the right thing!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Doing the right thing

Utah Town Helps Airman Through Facebook

Here is another story of how Facebook is not just a place to post pictures and play games.  Thanks so much to Sharon A for bringing us this story.  How many of us go onto Facebook just to see what our friends are doing?  Well here is a story of a airman (just back in the country after 7 years oversees)  that was making his way from his home in Vancouver Washington to report for duty in Texas.  As Staff Sergeant Rowan Coash was driving through Utah his car broke down.  He didn’t know what to do.  He called a friend in Washington while he waited for tow truck.  His friend Erica posted on Facebook “Anybody out there in Facebook Land near Price, Utah and willing to help a soldier?”.  He got a rental truck and left his car behind (stored at the house of a resident of Price, UT) to report on time.  The Facebook posts continued to spread and they even got a car repair shop to donate time and rebuild the engine of his car at no cost. The Price community came together to repair the car and even ship the car to Rowan in Texas, again at no charge.

What a great community to step up and help out someone in need. Rowan Coash has served our country for years.  This community took the time and effort to begin to repay that deed.  Way to go Price Utah!!

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Utah town helps airman

Mascot Connects with Deaf Fan

Here is one of those feel good stories you love seeing.  This is about a deaf boy who is a baseball fan to a local minor league baseball team.  This all took place at the ballpark in Dayton when Hunter Samworth was attending the game with his parents.  Hunter is deaf and speaks through sign language.  After arriving at the park Hunter spotted the local mascot of the Dragons, Heater.  Heater was being escorted by a Green Team member, Gem.  When Hunter’s Mom told him to say “It’s nice to meet you” the escort began signing to Hunter.  That is when his dad started to make the recording.  His mom says, “You can see in this video, his smile is like, he gets me”.  Hunter spent some time “talking” through sign language with not only the escort but with the dragon Heater himself.  It is not so often that Hunter finds others who can communicate directly with him.  Being deaf he finds himself left out. But not this time.  He was able to speak directly with the mascot.  His parents were also so pleased that the team had these two team members that could spend time with Hunter.

How wonderful to see a boy with a disability being treated like everyother little boy.  Way to go Dragons!! Thanks to Pierre C for sending us this great video.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Mascot connects with Deaf fan

 

Superheroes Giving Kids Smiles

It’s a bird, It’s a plane, no it’s a window washer.  That’s right, a window washer at a Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio and even Britain.  These superheroes have been appearing at  Children’s Hospital over the past year.  They are there to not only clean the windows but to bring joy to the boys and girls who were staying at the hospital.  And boy did it bring joy.  Just look at the faces on those kids when these characters would swing by on the ropes they would normally use to just do their job.  I believe the window washers got as much joy out of doing this as the kids did watching them.  They are superheroes to these little ones and I think they are superheroes to us too.   What can you do to be a superhero to someone in your life?  Take a moment and see how an average act of kindness for someone can turn into a super act to others.  Be a superhero in someone’s life.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Superheroes giving kids smiles

He Turned a Crib into A Memorial

Here is a heart wrenching story that a went from tragedy to a random act of kindess.  Thank you to Sara M. for showing us this beautiful story.  It is a story that starts out with the biggest fear for a family that is expecting a baby.  Instead of bringing home a baby Valerie was saddened to deliver a still born baby.  Once she returned home empty handed she had to go through the hard task of what to do with the nursery. After many months she reluctantly held a yard sale but at first could not part with the crib.  It was hard to see it everyday but even harder to part with it.   That’s where Gerald comes in.  He is a retired craftsman who creates benches in his garage.  While he wandered the garage sale his wife spoke with Valerie and asked how old her baby was (since she had infant clothes and a crib for sale).  She shared her sad story.  Gerald bought the crib and on the way home found out her story from his wife and decided to make a bench for Valerie.  He converted the crib into a beautiful bench and returned it back to the mother.  What a beautiful tribute to this lost child and such a touching gift to this family from a stranger who cared.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

He turned a crib into a memorial

Well Behaved Children Rewarded

How many times have you gone to a nice restaurant and were surrounded by children there with their parents.  Many times the kid’s behavior is not exactly appropriate for a nice restaurant.  Then there are the times when you see a group of children who are well behaved and know how to act.  I have many times stopped at a table to speak to the parents and compliment them on their well behaved children.  It takes patience and effort to train your children to behave in a restaurant so not only you but the people around you can have a good experience.

This story is about a restaurant who rewards the family with a discount when their children behave well.  What a great idea for the restaurant to do this.  The parent said she has some ideas on how to have well behaved children at a restaurant.  She suggests 1) taking them out 1-2 times a month to a nice restaurant 2) Give them a snack before you go 3) Make sure they are well rested 4) Notice the music and decor and discuss it with them during the meal.   Those are some great suggestions.  Sharing these life experiences with children groom them to be well behaved adults.  We salute these parent for their parenting skills and to the restaurant for rewarded them for their efforts.  Thanks to Pierre C for finding this great story for us.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Rewarding for well behaved kids

Walmart Rewards Boy for Providing Smoke Detectors

Hector Montoya is a boy who takes action.  This 9 year old after hearing a news report about a family that did not survive a fire decided it was more important to buy smoke detectors than to buy something for himself.  He used his own allowance buy smoke detectors instead of a new gaming system he had been saving for.   After talking to his mom about why people don’t have smoke detectors he went to Walmart and purchased $300 worth of smoke detectors for his community.  Word got out and even the fire department helped him install some of those smoke detectors.  A family in the area heard about what Hector had done and gave him the gaming system he had wanted.  Then Walmart joined in and surprised Hector with a large screen tv and 5 games to go along with it.  Hector humbly said he did not expect any of this attention he just wanted to help other people get the smoke detectors to save lives.  This young man is so caring he even is reaching out to the President for help.  What an amazing young man at 9 years old to care so much for others.  What can you do to help people in your community?  When we all do a little it turns into a lot. Thanks to Patricia M for sending us this great story.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

Walmart rewards boy for providing smoke detectors to community

Car Wash That Cares for People as Much as Cars

Thanks to Patricia M for letting us know about this great story.  This report appeared last week originally on NBC Nightly News.  It is a story about a car wash.  Not just any car wash but a car wash that cares more about people than cars.  This business was founded by John and Thomas D’Eri in Parkland, Florida.  They created a supportive environment where young adults with autism could thrive and achieve independence.  Rising Tide Car Wash primary mission is to employ adults with autism.  This includes John’s son and Thomas’ brother 21 year old Andrew D’Eri.

The key to their success is that day to day the job doesn’t change much.  He employs 35 individuals.  They train, support and personally care for their employees.  The employees provide a quality first-rate car wash experience for their customers.  They have no government subsidies.   They created this business for the purpose to help these young people work and earn a living.

What a great way to start a business with the purpose of helping others with their lives.  Setting people up for success and then supporting them towards that goal.  What an admirable adventure.

Have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Your friends at A Little Good News

car wash that cares about people