Helping Others

Do Your Small Acts of Service Matter?

Don’t ever think that any act of service that you would consider providing is too small.  Today’s post for A Little Good News is a wonderful reminder of this very thing (thanks to Phyllis C. who came across it).  It is from an organization called LifeVest.  I don’t know anything about them as an organization, but I really like the message that this video gives us.  They took one small incident of service that someone gave to someone else and then followed the chain reaction that it caused.  Granted, this is a staged music video, but that doesn’t change the importance of the message.  Each person in the video who received a small act of service became happy and their first desire was to go provide service to someone else.  Then, the same thing happened to the next person when the small act of service was performed for him or her….and he/she would become happier and immediately go out and perform THEIR small act of service.  It ends, by the very first person who provided service having a small act of service provided for him (coming full circle).  I LOVE this message.  NO act of service is too small!!!  In fact, every act of service is HUGE.  Sometimes, a seemingly small act of service by us can be looked at by the person who had the service provided to them as the BIGGEST thing in the world.  I have heard stories of where it kept someone from doing something crazy (like taking their own life).  PLEASE don’t hold back.  SERVE OTHERS….there are very few things that will make you happier!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Do your small acts of service make a difference.

10 Year Old’s “Feeling” Saves 80 Year Old Woman’s Life

Today’s post for A Little Good News is another great story.  This one is about a 10 year old, who acted on a feeling that he had.  I love “hero” stories.  But, as I have said before, I love child hero”" stories even more.  I have a feeling that you are going to like today’s story, too.  We want to thank Pierre C. for letting us know about this great story.  10 year old Danny DiPietro was coming home late from attending a hockey game with his dad.  When they were almost home, Danny saw a garage door up and what looked like a dog (as they were going by pretty fast).  Danny had a feeling that something was wrong and he wanted to go back to check it out.  But, his dad didn’t think there was anything to worry about.  Even after arriving home, Danny couldn’t shake the feeling that he had about needing to go back and check on the dog.  He told his Mom about it and she also told him not to worry.  She was certain that the dog would be fine.  But, Danny couldn’t let it go.  The feeling wouldn’t leave him and he returned to his mother one more time, asking her if she would PLEASE go check.  He told her that he had a strong feeling that something was not right.  So, Danny’s mom finally put their own dog on a leash and went back to check on that garage door.  To her surprise, she DID find that something was happening on that garage, but it wasn’t a dog at all.  It was a woman waving her arms in the air. Danny’s mom was scared.  She ran back and told Danny’s father.  He ran up to the garage with a blanket and Danny’s mom called 911.  Later, the doctors said that the 80 year old woman had maybe an hour more before she may have died had Danny not gotten his mom to act on his feeling when he did!!  The woman (and her daughter) were so thankful that a young boy was so observant that late at night……and that he would have such strong feelings about something being wrong….and continuing to push until someone acted on those feelings of his.  Danny DiPietro is a TRUE HERO!!!  I’m sure that the feeling that he was getting was a prompting from God….and it was great that he was sensitive enough to it that it stayed with him!!  Way to go, Danny!!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Second Grader’s Buddy Bench

HAPPY MONDAY MORNING!!!  Today, we want to introduce you to the Buddy Bench.  Our post today is not the greatest video (as it appears that it was somebody filming their TV), but it was the best version that I could find on the internet.  A young second grader named Christian attends Roundtree Elementary in York, Pennsylvania.  Recently, he went to Germany on a trip with his family and he saw something there that he really liked.  It was a bench where people could come sit on it and make new friends.  He decided that he wanted to take this bench idea to the principal at his school.  He had noticed that there were a lot of lonely students and school.  If their school could have a “Buddy Bench”, perhaps some of those lonely kids could sit on the bench and have someone else come over and sit on the bench with them and be their friend…and help them to have a better day.  When I saw this video (it was sent to me by a good friend, Sharon A. — THANK YOU, Sharon), I immediately thought of all of the bullying that goes on in schools.  I was so impressed that this young boy thought of a way to not only combat the loneliness, but even use his bench as an Anti-Bullying device.  The video mentions that this idea is inspiring schools across the country to think of doing something similar to this bench at their school.  Way to go, Christian!!  Whether you think you are or not, you are a HERO.  There will be students who will have better days…and make new friends because you not only had the idea for the “Buddy Bench”, but more importantly, you ACTED on that idea!!  I hope this idea DOES take off across the country.  We all could use more buddies in our lives……..and maybe even a few more benches, too!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

buddy bench

Young Hockey Player Is A Hero In My Book

Hockey has come a long way in the United States to become more and more popular of a sport.  I admit that, unlike basketball, football and baseball, hockey is still a sport that I don’t understand all that well.  There are a lot of the rules that I don’t understand, but I sure understand today’s ALGN video about a young hockey player that became a hero of mine.  Some of you may feel that this is not all that great of a post.  I agree that it really isn’t news and may not tug at the heartstrings as some other posts have.  Yet, I still believe that this young hockey player, in two minutes, delivers a strong and poignant message for us all.  Most of us have been in the situation where someone else wants to play with us at whatever game or sport we are all playing.  Do you remember how you felt when that person was just not anywhere nearly as good as everyone else that was playing.  Too often, the reaction is to push the person aside and go on with your game.  In today’s video, you will see a young boy who obviously isn’t yet comfortable in skates.  He takes to the hockey rink, but it is almost all he can do to stay up.  Others are skating around him (wishing, I am sure, that he would get off the ice).  But, one young hockey player stops what he is doing and helps work with the newbie, giving him encouragement and teaching him some skills so that he could have a good experience.  With his example, others follow suit.  Even the goalie understands to get out of the way and let the new hockey player score his first goal.  Okay, so I know today’s post is not “news” and perhaps it really is much less powerful than many of our other posts.  But, I still thought it would be a great way to start out our week.  Each of us can learn something from this young “hockey hero”.  The lesson is that we each would do well to step away from being so selfish and look to help others.  That will bring us MUCH more happiness than just continuing to try to find it via worrying about ourselves all the time.  Out of the mouths (and, in this case, the “hockey pads”) of babes….!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

hockey hero

Someone’s in Need? Farmers to the Rescue!!

Farmers are great in so many ways.  I’ve often heard it said that if you want to find a young man with a strong work ethic, go find a farm boy!!  Those young men can put most of their peers to shame.  But, if you will forgive my “stereotyping” for a bit, farmers are great for many reasons.  Not the least of which is their great big hearts.  Farmers are quick to jump in and help when they see a neighbor in need.  Today’s post is just one more example of this.  Thank you to Denise S. for letting us know about this story.  Phil Killinger, a farmer in Carson, Iowa, was getting ready to harvest his crops when he found out that he had cancer of the liver and was unable to do the harvest that needed to be done.  What happened next would probably seem like a miracle to many of us, but to many of Phil’s farmer neighbors, it was just the “neighborly thing to do”.  After word of Phil’s predicament spread throughout the community, out of nowhere, 8 combines, 12 grain carts and semi after semi descended upon Phil’s farm.  They said that they probably pulled between 25,000 and 30,000 bushels out of his farm in about two hours’ time.  Dozens of volunteers just jumped in and helped.  One great neighbor said that he knew that Phil would have been the first one to jump in and help them with their farm if they ever needed it.  Yes — in my opinion, we can learn a LOT about life (and how to live a better one) by watching a farmer!!  God bless our nation’s farmers!!

Now…Go have a GREAT day…by making it a great day for someone else!!!

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Tortoise to the Rescue (Slowly)!!

It is time for ALGN’s  “Animal Post of the Week”.  This week, instead of the usual animals we have had, we are posting one of a tortoise being the hero.  It is a very simple message, but a great one, nonetheless.  We want to thank Dick C. for sending this our way.  Oftentimes, we don’t give animals much credit for having feelings / concern for others.  Today’s post proves otherwise.  It is a video of two tortoises. One tortoise is upside down, with no hope, whatsoever of ever getting right side up.  But, his situation changes when his fellow “Good Samaritan” tortoise sees the predicament that he is in.  He moves over and helps get his buddy right side up so that they both can move on with their day.  It seems that this tortoise acted like there was no other option.  Why can’t we, in the human world, be more like this tortoise?  We need to feel that their is no other option but to stop and help when we see someone in trouble.  And, as we do, we will find that OUR day (and our life) becomes much better as we spend our time helping others.  Thank you, Mr. Tortoise, for the friendly little reminder that you gave me today.

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

A Canadian “Drive-By” — It’s All About Helping!!

Helping others!!  That should be what we focus on every day.  What can we do to help lift someone who needs it?  Today’s ALGN post is a very short one.  I thought we could take a quick break from some of our daily Good News “stories” and just watch a “Random Act of Compassion” in progress!!  This is a quick, fun video that somebody (a Canadian) put on the internet after having a helmet camera on as he was riding his motorcycle one day and spotting someone in need of some help. What he did wasn’t a lot of work at all.  It probably took only a minute or less out of his day.  However, the help that he offered the other person was HUGELY important to her.  This is what life is all about.  We need to understand that one of the most important reasons we are here is to help others.  And, remember, “When you lift others, the very work, itself, will elevate you.”  Watch this very short video.  It will put a smile on your face.

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

A Canadian drive by

Paralyzed Mom Goes Surfing…Watch How She Does It!!

Sometimes, our inspirational “Good News” Stories aren’t necessarily from news stations. They are just “real life” stories that we hear about.  Today’s short video has no words.  But the video tells all you need to know (although you can look up longer versions of it if you wish).  A paralyzed mom has her dream come true of being able to surf because of a very creative (and talented) young man!!  WOW!!  Enjoy!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

Paralyzed mom goes surfing