Serving Others

A True Dedication

This is a story of an incredible woman.  As a young girl she made a comittment to a man that she didn’t even know.  Back in the 70s  when the Vietnam war was happening many people took a vow to wear a MIA bracelet for a soldier that was missing in action.  Many days, months and years went by.  Some men returned home and the people wearing their bracelet would be able to remove the bracelet once they returned home.  Not for one soldier and the girl who was wearing his bracelet.  After 4 decades she gets the word that his remains were located.  It was Christmas day 1972 when 12 year old Kathy Strong found her bracelet in her stocking.  She took her committment very seriously.  She wore this bracelet and never took it off.  She said she even wore it through an MRI.  This was not a promise that she took lightly.  She wore the name James Moreland until she was told that his remains were found and were brought home to be buried. She didn’t remove the bracelet until she could put it on his uniform in his coffin. She sat with his family at the funeral even though she had never met this man.  She had always dreamed of the day when she would take off the bracelet and meet the man she was wearing it for.  What dedication to follow through a promise you made as a child long into your adult life.  Thank you for your servie Kathy.

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This Visitor is Welcomed

The good news of the is story is not that he is losing his certification. The good news is what good he did before this story.  You have to see the joy that this dog brought to the hospitals he visited.  Chopper the biker dog was a welcome visitor to the senior housing.  This dog has visited thousands. He is the cutest thing coming up to visit riding his motorcycle.  He has been doing this for 5 years.  They love to hold him and pet him.  What a special dog to show his love to these seniors.  Let’s not focus on the reason he wears the costume but more that the joy he brings to the people he spends time with.  Even though he may not be allowed some places he still is allowed others. Recently Chopper went to a rally of Paralyzed Veterans of America where he met with other service dogs bringing smiles to our Veterans.  This is one amazing dog and a great handler too.  Thanks for sharing Chopper with those in need.

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The Highway Man Gets Saved

Thomas Weller aka the San Diego Highwayman has been driving the highways of San Diego for 50 years looking for people who need help. He spent his time looking for people who needs help along the San Diego highways.  When he was 16 years old, he drove his car into a ditch. A man came along and rescued him only asking that he pay it forward one day. Since that time, Weller has rescued thousand of people who were out of gas, had a flat, overheated, or stranded in one way or another. Weller hands them a card that says ” You don’t owe me a thing. I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do: Don’t let the chain of love end with you. Back in August of 2011, Weller’s famous rescue car “Beulah” was totalled during a rescue. The remains of his prized car still sit in his back yard. Weller simply can’t afford to repair the car but has dreams of getting her back on the road while he’s still able to help others.Back in 2011 someone crashed into his beloved “Beulah”, the car he’s been driving since 1966. He loves this car.  When hearing about Thomas’ story a few auto repair guys decided to do something to thank Thomas for all he has done in the last 50 years.  They decided to fix get Beulah running again.  This video is when the Highwayman and Beulah are reunited.  He is quite literally speachless.  He can’t believe that these guys would do this for him.  They can’t believe that Thomas could do what he has been doing for the last 50 years.  Thank you to Brent, Rick and the people of San Diego who donated the money to get this car fixed.

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Animals Saving Animals

Here is just a short but wonderful animal video to end your week.  We have seen some great rescues with people jumping in to save people from scary situations.  This video is one of animals stepping in to saving other animals.  Watch as these animals reach out to other animals.  It is amazing that they take no regard to what type of animals is in need.  You see elephants helping elephants but you also seea hippo helping a zebra and bear helping a bird.  Our world is a huge place and we can still learn lessons from nature around us as we just keep alert and take care of each other.  This is a wonderful display of nature caring for nature.  Let’s all take a lesson from our animal friends and watch out for each other.  Have a great weekend.  Keep an eye out for someone in need.

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Autistic Son Pulls Mom from Burning Car

Tyler Gianchetta knew something was terribly wrong. Tyler and his mom were in the car driving. They were going somewhere in Long Island New York when as they were talking his mother stopped speaking to him.  ”She didn’t answer me”, he said. He even asked her if she was ignoring him.  She started shaking and and then crashed into a tree.  He immedately pulled his mom out of the burning car as the car burst into flames.  Tyler broke his own hand in the process but definately saved his mother’s life.  Tyler has autism and has beaten the odds as an 18 year old college honor student.  His dad said that they have always shown Tyler how to be responsible and take care of others.  His mother has no memory of the crash and why she blacked out.  He doesn’t want to be called a hero.  He knows that he did what he had to do to save his mom at whatever cost to himself.  It is amazing what strength we find in ourselves when put in an emergency situation.  Way to go Tyler. You have grown up to be an amazing young man.  Your mom and dad should be proud.

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A Kind Heart Helping Others

Laraine Dawn Young was on vacation last month in Makati with her boyfriend Chris, when she experienced a wordless act of kindness by him that so melted her heart, she had to grab her phone to record the scene as it was unfolding.He stopped what he was doing and did something helping others. She called the video, “An Act of Compassion: The Man I Love Has The Most Beautiful Soul.” She tells her story: “Chris and I were walking out of our hotel in Makati when I saw some children sleeping on the sidewalk. I felt so bad for these kids – I told my boyfriend about them kids and he saw them just laying there looking tired and sickly. Unquestionably, he felt bad for them as well. He told me to watch our things because he wanted to go to the nearest convenience store – I thought maybe he was just thirsty or hungry so OK. After a few minutes, he came out with a bag of groceries and told me he’s going to give it to the kids. *I melted*

As he was crossing the street, I decided to take a video so I can keep reminding myself that I’ve been blessed with a man who is not only smart, sexy and handsome but one who is also beautiful inside and out. He didn’t know I was recording this video until he got back :)

I wanted to keep this video to myself, but I am proud of my man. I wanna share his kind deed to the world even if he deserves more recognition than this. How something so simple can mean so much to not only the ones you serve but the ones who witness you serving.  Take the time to look around and see if there is something you can do to help others.

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A Little Boy Gets His Wish

Seven-year-old Giovanni, who is diagnosed with a life-threatening genetic disorder, was all smiles as his wish to meet John Cena was granted. He talks about his wish here.  This short video created by his mom aftet the boy was granted his Make A Wish request.  Pro Wrestler John Cena spent time with the little boy.  This wrestler is known for taking the time to meet with children who are ill and  sharing his philosophy of never giving up.
“Meeting John Cena has changed Giovanni’s outlook on life in the most positive ways. Now every time he needs to be seen he tells us he will never give up because John wouldn’t want him to! The amount of joy that his wish brought him cannot be described in words.” – Giovanni’s mom.  You can see the respect and admiration this little guy has for his hero.  What a great role model for this little one and others.  I have a new fond respect for this man.  This is how professional athletes should be with their fans.  Great job John Cena.

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Firemen repay Waitress Good Deed

One act of kindness led to another in New Jersey when a waitress’ decision to pay for some firefighters’ breakfast prompted strangers to help her.

Two firefighters stopped in a diner after an overnight shift containing a warehouse fire earlier this week and had breakfast at the Route 130 Diner in Delran, according to ABC News affiliate WPVI.

A waitress, Liz Woodward, overheard the firefighters, Tim Young and and Paul Higgins, talking about the fire. That’s when she decided to pay them back for their efforts, according to WPVI.

Paul Hullings is a firefighter who went into a diner after fighting a fire one night recently.  The waitress, Liz Woodward heard their story about the fire and when she gave them the check she had written a note on the back of the check — complete with drawn fireman’s helmet and ax. So touched the firefighters then shared a photo of the check, along with a call for his friends to visit the diner, and to “tip big” if they ever had Woodward as a waitress. He didn’t stop there. He wrote another post highlighting a GoFundMe campaign that Woodward had started in December to pay for a wheelchair accessible van for her father. ”Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help…” Young wrote. Since then, Young and 185 other people — mostly strangers who had heard about her decision to pay for the firefighters’ meal — have donated. The GoFundMe page was originally hoping to raise $17,000 — and has now collected more than $38,000. (UPDATE- as of Saturday 8/15 it is up to $73,000).   Woodward posted a lengthy message on her own Facebook account, praising the work of firefighters and asking others to pay it forward.  ”Look for those opportunities because they are everywhere. You can make a difference — it doesn’t always have to be an elaborate production or effort- it’s always the little things that have the greatest impact,” she wrote. A small act of kindness turns into another.  How amazing.

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Showing Support for a Child

This video is from two years ago but I think it is the first time I heard of this story.  George H.W. Bush shaves his head to support a two-year-old with leukemia whose father is part of the Secret Service. This is just a short video of a powerful story.  When President Bush heard that a child of one of his staff was sick with leukemia.  His entire secret service staff joined him to shave their heads in honor of this little boy.  How generous of all these men to give of themselves for the honor of this little boy.  Try to find simple ways to care for others even when it may not be easy for you.  I truly respect all of these people.  Way to go guys.

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The Neighborhood Paints His House

A home in Oregon got a much needed coat of fresh paint thanks to a Good Samaritan…and an army of volunteers. Josh Cyganik decided to take matters into his own hands after hearing teenagers snickering about a Pendleton, Oregon, home while the owner, Leonard Bullock, sat on the porch outside. “The teenagers said they need to burn it and tear it down and nobody deserves that,” Cyganik told ABC News today. “I saw Leonard had his head down, and I felt bad for him. After a couple of days, I knew there was something I could do to help.” Cyganik, 35, said he would wave to Bullock every morning for four years since he worked across the street, but never had a conversation with the 75-year-old. Their first conversation was Cyganik asking if it was okay if he brought paint and volunteers to paint his home on July 18. “Leonard could hardly talk he was so ecstatic. He sits on his porch every day all day long so I wanted to give him a nice canvas to sit in front of,” Cyganik said. Cyganik said he got a lumber supplier to donate material to turn Leonard’s home from white and turquoise to beige. More than 100 volunteers showed up throughout the day to help rejuvenate the exterior of the old home after Cyganik’s Facebook post asking for help was shared more than 6,000 times.  ”The house is real nice now,” Bullock told ABC News today. “It makes me feel good to look at it, especially after what the teenagers said.” “I stopped counting at 95 volunteers, but everyone showed up excited and willing to help. A lot of people are calling me a hero, but I just wanted to paint a house,” Cyganik added. “That’s just how I was brought up…to respect your elders and help people in need.”  What an amazing group of people to help this man out.

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