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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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Paying for Groceries

I know this video is a little longer than most of the ones we have.  It is worth taking a few extra minutes to watch.  This guy surprises many strangers by paying for their groceries. He doesn’t wait around to be thanked or to explain why, mostly saying God is Good.  Many people are just speachless.  Some are just shocked.  One guy said he was so shocked and it really meant so much since he had just been mugged recently.   Unfortunaley, you can’t really hear the things they are saying.  You can really see how touched they all are and so surprised.  Some even want to give to the next customer.  What would you do?  Is it harder sometimes to receive than it is to give?  Some are even brought to tears.  They are so surpised that someone would do this for them.  I think it is even more special as the man does not wait around to be thanked or to hear their story. It doen’t matter what their story is.  He just wanted to do it for them.  What a wonderful touching story. AND… as it says at the end, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”.

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Man pays for groceries

Community Helps Fallen Officer’s Family

On Friday, June 19, Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim as shot on duty. By Monday afternoon, it seemed like two minutes didn’t pass without someone making a donation to Kim’s family. Some of the donors were from Cincinnati but other donations came from New York and as far away as Hawaii. “I’ve said when the chips are down Cincinnati steps up and we’ve certainly seen that. And I think it also speaks to the power of social media these days,” Bauman said. Bauman isn’t the only one stepping up. At Listermann Brewing Co., a dollar from every pint sold Thursday will be donated to the Kims. “It’s really not an if we can do something type of thing, it’s how we can do something type of thing,” said Jason Brewer, the sales manager at Listermann Brewing Co. Brewer said the owner’s son-in-law is a sheriff’s deputy who took karate lessons from Sonny Kim. Meanwhile, Derek Bauman said the generosity of the donations are touching but so are the messages people write for the family. “I will be forever grateful my thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the angels lead you in,” said Bauman as he read a message. As each hour passes, the number of donors and messages grows. “I wasn’t surprised because people care. And so this is an opportunity for them to show their support in our community, support for law enforcement and the Kim family and it’s amazing,” Bauman said. The Fraternal Order of Police set up an account for the Kims at the Cincinnati Police Credit Union. Go to  http://www.gofundme.com/sonnykim to check out the GoFundMe page. A neighbor of Sonny Kim’s who is a police officer wrote about him, his family and working as a police officer. Isn’t it wonderful when people step up in the time of tragedy.

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A Man’s Walk Touches Hearts

Here is a story about how generous people can be when they hear about someone in need.  The Detroit Free Press ran a story on James and that started a firestorm of compasion.  This story about a Detroit man who commutes about 21 miles a day on foot to and from work has spurred reaction from across the nation, including social media fundraisers that have netted more than$80,000 in donations as of 6:30 p.m. Monday.    James Robertson commutes about 21 miles everyday some on foot and some on the bus. He leaves for work at 8am and doesn’t arrive back home until way after dark.  James’ aging Honda Accord quit working back in 2005, and after repeated cutbacks in bus service the walking segments of his daily commutes grew years ago to take more time than he spends at his eight-hour factory job.  He is so thankful for a job that he would never consider not making his way to work.

Many different people, some college students, some businessmen and even a car dealer has offered to give him a car.  So much money so far that he will not only get a car but enough to also pay for insurance and gas.  They are even putting together a management team to handle these overwhelming donations.  What a wonderful story of generosity.

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A man's walk touches hearts