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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.

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

Your friends at A Little Good News

firefighters repay Waitress

Random Act of Kindness at Chick-fil-A

Today’s story is one we hear about more often these days.  Thanks to Patricia M for sending us this story.  We can never hear about it often enough.  This random act of kindness happened in Texas.  One Monday a man named John decided to go through the drive through at Chick-fil-A.  He paid for his meal with ten one hundred dollar bills.  His random act of kindness paid for the meals for 88 other people besides his own.  You never know how something as small as paying for a meal will effect another.  The people working there that day tell of many stories they heard from the people who were the recipients of this kindness.  One lady had had such a bad day that broke into tears when hearing that John had paid for her meal.  The people working that day were also touched by this kindness.  One gentleman reminds us all that we just need to take the time to treat people better.  Have you ever received a random act of kindness like this one?  Have you ever done one of these for others? Why not today?   Why not you?

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Your friends at A Little Good News

Random act of kindness

Lost Wallet Returned to New Mother

Here is a story about a  new mother and how one good turn deserves another.  This is a story about doing something nice for others and paying it forward.  I love these stories where people receive kindness from others and that brings them to do something for someone else.  This time Nicole Parizo had lost her wallet just days after having a baby.  She figured she would never see it again.   One day she got a call from a man asked her if she had recently returned something to Target.  She said she had and that is when he told her that he had just received a birthday gift and found her wallet in the backpack he received.  She was so happy to get it back.  A couple days later when she was shopping again she looked in her wallet and found $150 with a note from the man.  He said she probably needed this money for her new baby.  He only asked the new mother that she “pay it forward” by doing something nice for someone else.   A week later Nicole came across a bone marrow drive for a man from Concord so she was tested to be a donor.    I just love it when people do things for others and never expect anything in return.  You too can be a donor.  Get tested and help someone in need.

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

Your friends at A Little Good News

Lost wallet returned to new mother

8 Year Old Turns $20 into Soldier’s Priceless Gift

Today’s ALGN post is about $20……….but it’s really NOT about $20.  It’s about a soldier………but it’s really NOT about a soldier.  I guess what it is really about is an 8 year old boy, paying tribute to his father (a fallen soldier, himself).  I apologize for those of you who have already come across this video.  That is the one thing that I hate about weekends.  When I hear about a great story on a Friday, by the time I send it out on Monday, many of you have already seen it.  But, this story is too good not to post, so I will post it for today, anyway.  And I would like to thank Tami C., Davi, F., Kimberly C. and Mindy C., Danielle C., Kathleen M. and Cara P.  Each of them sent me this great story at various times over the weekend.  It really is touching.  8 year old, Miles Eckert went out to eat with his family one afternoon to a Cracker Barrell near Toledo, Ohio on February 7th.  Before entering the restaurant, Miles had found a $20 bill in the parking lot of the restaurant.  He was super excited and was thinking about buying himself a video game with the money he found.  But, then, he saw a soldier in the same restaurant (with his wife and baby).  The soldier is Lieutenant Colonel Frank Daly.   What Miles did next was pretty impressive.  He decided that he wanted to “pay it forward” with that $20 and give it to the soldier because the soldier reminded him of his dad.  Miles’ Dad (Army Sergeant, Andy Eckert) was also a soldier.  He was a soldier who died in Iraq only 5 weeks after Miles was born.  All Miles has is a few photos and stories about his Dad (and his dog tags and wedding ring).  Miles wrote a note to the soldier (Daly) and gave it to him along with the $20, thanking him for his service.  After leaving the restaurant, Miles asked his Mom if he could to to his father’s grave, but he told his mom that he wanted to walk to the grave by himself.  His mom took photos of his son’s trek, where he probably told his dad about finding the $20 and how he gave it to a fellow soldier.  I’m sure he figured that his dad (probably the greatest soldier this young man believes ever lived) would be proud of him for doing that.  Even though, Andy Eckert isn’t on earth to help raise his son, I’m sure that he is looking down and is awfully proud of the man that he is already growing up to be.  He has to be very pleased with the wonderful job his wife is doing in raising their boy.  If I was ever going into battle, Miles Eckert is one soldier I would want to serve by my side!!  What a great young man.  Yep…with kids like Miles, our future is in great hands!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

8 year old turns $20

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.

Widower Buys Dinner For Couple Because…

A dinner can go a long way.  Today’s ALGN post is about an Ontario man (who hoped to be anonymous) who found that out!!  We had quite a few people tell me about this story in the last 24 hours.  Thank you to EACH of you who sent it in.  The man in this post is Lee Ballantyne.  Lee’s wife had just passed away a week earlier (right around Christmastime).  The couple had been married for 43 wonderful years when his wife, Carol, finally lost her battle with cancer and passed away.  He had stayed home for a week.  When he FINALLY got enough strength to go out, he decided to go to a nearby restaurant for some dinner.  It was tough because he was alone (without his sweetheart of so many years).  While he was eating his dinner, he noticed a young couple that reminded him of himself and his wife when they were young.  It put a smile on his face.  He decided to pay for their dinner, so he jotted a note on a napkin for the couple, letting them know why he was doing it and had their server let him pay their bill for their dinner and then instructed the server to give the couple his napkin note.  He expected that to be the end of it.  What he didn’t know is that his act brought the owner of the restaurant to tears.  And it really touched the young couple, as well.  His napkin note was posted on Reddit and has gone viral.  While Lee has refused the calls (because this was not why he did it), his son has been handling them and says that he has been getting calls from all across the globe!  Why is paying for someone’s dinner so big of a deal?  Because it came in the face of the terrible loneliness that he was feeling.  What better thing to do when we are feeling down or alone than to look for ways to lift and help others.  His act helped others, but I’m sure it brought a big old smile to his face, as well.

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

widower buys dinner for couple

“Paying It Forward” Waitress Gets Paid Back!!

“Pay It Forward” is one of my all-time favorite movies (although I still HATE the ending).  I love how there are still so many people who “pay it forward”.  They do good deeds NOT because they want something in return. They just want to help someone out — and, many times, they hope that their good deed will inspire the people that they have helped (by “paying it forward”) to go help someone else, as well — and those people will keep “paying it forward”.  Today’s ALGN post is about someone who decided to “Pay it Forward”, but then got PAID BACK.  It is a pretty great story.  Sarah Hoidahl is a single mother of a 15 month old in New Hampshire.  She is a waitress, working hard to make ends meet.  Recently, two women in the National Guard came to her restaurant. She overheard them talking, as they looked over the menu, about how they were not going to get their pay because of the government shutdown.  Sarah decided that it just wasn’t right that people who were giving of themselves for our country should go without pay. She ended up paying for their meal and left a note for them, thanking them for their service.  The two women went back and told others.  The New Hampshire National Guard ended up posting a photo of her and her note on their website.  Ellen’s team found out about it and invited her on their show where she was surprised with quite a “thank you” from Ellen.  I won’t tell you what happened on the show.  I think it would be more fun for you to watch it for yourself.  Thank you to Aubrey D. for telling us about this neat story!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)

KLEENEX ALERT!! — My New Favorite Post!!

Today is one of my new all-time FAVORITE posts for “ALittleGoodNews.com”.  WARNING:  KLEENEX and MAKE-UP RUNNING ALERT!!  I don’t know if you have already seen this (as it is going around a lot today), but even if you have, it is worth another look.  I know that I have had a number of posts that could have easily been my “favorite”, but today’s post fits right up there with the best of them.  And, unlike almost all of our posts, today’s post isn’t even a news story.  Rather, it is a 3 minute commercial for a Thai company (as a result, it has subtitles that you will need to read).  But, even with subtitles and it not being a news story, it is STILL right up near the very top of my list of one of my very favorite ALGN posts.  As you watch, I challenge you to not allow your “eyes to leak” a little bit!!  I couldn’t hold back.  It is really touching.  Please let me know if this one makes it into your list of one of your favorite posts we have done yet!!

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

Loren Dalton (The “Good News” Guy)