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Dad of 2 Daughters Has a Message About "Mom Bods" - Goes Viral For the Right Reasons

It's no secret that a woman's body changes after children. After all, growing a literal human is no small feat. And while men are often celebrated and embraced for their "dad bods," women? Not so much. “Mom bods” are only celebrated if they don’t actually look like they carried or birthed a baby. But one dad is working to change that, and he's setting TikTok on fire with his body-positive anthem of the summer.

Technician Notices Womans Fussy Toddler When He Goes to Set Up Their Internet - His Response to Her Child Overwhelms Her
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Technician Notices Womans Fussy Toddler When He Goes to Set Up Their Internet - His Response to Her Child Overwhelms Her

In the midst of our busy lives, sometimes we encounter moments that remind us of the immense kindness that still exists in the world. Jessica Donnahoo, a mother from South Carolina, recently experienced one of these heartwarming moments when a routine visit from an internet technician turned into something extraordinary.What an Internet Technician Did When He Saw a Crying ChildPhoto by Ivan SamkovJessica's household was having a challenging day. Her 3-year-old son, Sailor, was born with two rare brain defects that left him blind, making it difficult for him to communicate his needs. On top of caring for Sailor, Jessica was tending to her 2-year-old daughter and managing household chores, all while her husband was at work. It was undoubtedly a tough day for this dedicated mother.Enter Robert Kinney, the Internet technician assigned to install the Donnahoo family's internet and set up their TV streaming. Little did he know, he was about to make a profound difference in their lives.Jessica expressed her gratitude in a heartfelt online post to Spectrum Internet:"Today your technician Robert came to our home to upgrade our internet and help us start up TV streaming. He walked into a mess. My son, Sailor, is three years old. He was born with two rare brain defects and he is blind."Sailor had been crying all morning, and Jessica was doing her best to comfort him amid her other responsibilities. But when Robert arrived and began speaking, something remarkable happened. Sailor, guided by the warmth of Robert's voice, reached out and motioned to be held.In a true display of empathy, Robert didn't hesitate. He picked up Sailor and proceeded to hold him close for the entire 45 minutes he spent in their home. He comforted the young boy, allowing him to feel safe and secure. Sailor, feeling the kindness and compassion in Robert's actions, eventually drifted off to sleep in his arms.How One Man Proved the Importance of CompassionJessica was deeply moved by this simple act of kindness. She realized that Robert had seen a need greater than just setting up the internet; he had recognized the importance of comforting a distressed child and supporting an overwhelmed mother."Robert could have walked in, rushed, and left, but instead he saw a need greater than internet and met it. That’s beyond customer service — it’s humanity at its best. Robert deserves a raise… a promotion… something! He’s an asset to your company and I will never forget his kindness."This heartwarming story serves as a reminder that amidst our daily routines, there are individuals like Robert who go above and beyond to extend kindness and make a positive impact in the lives of others. The online community also expressed their appreciation for Robert's compassion, emphasizing the importance of recognizing such acts of goodwill in our society.In a world sometimes overshadowed by negativity, stories like these remind us of the power of simple acts of kindness and the profound difference they can make. Robert's actions touched the hearts of the Donnahoo family and all who heard their story. It's a beautiful reminder that kindness and compassion can brighten even the toughest of days.As we go about our lives, let us remember the significance of being kind to one another, for it is in these small acts that we find the true essence of our shared humanity.More from Goalcast:Little Boys Notice Their Neighbor’s House Is on Fire – Rush to Rescue Toddlers Stuck Inside Despite Being “Really Scared”Mom Refuses to Terminate Her Pregnancy After Doctors Suggest It – Now Her Toddler Is Proving Everyone WrongDad Realizes He Can’t Afford an Expensive Plane Ticket for His Toddler – So a Stranger Buys It for Him and Quietly Slips Away

Teen With Disability Works at Pizza Joint - Is Speechless After Customer Gives Him $5 Tip Then Changes His Mind
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Teen With Disability Works at Pizza Joint - Is Speechless After Customer Gives Him $5 Tip Then Changes His Mind

They say hard work pays off, and in some cases, it does. But more often than not, our hard work goes unnoticed — especially for those of us working in the customer service or hospitality industries. So the fact that one customer went out of his way to appreciate and recognize a hardworking teen at a pizza joint has warmed hearts around the world. Just Doing His JobA 16-year-old high school student named Ryheem Lumpkins had recently gotten a job at his local Pizza Ranch when a man noticed him hard at work. The kid was pleasant to everyone who came through the door and handled the cash register like a champ. And when he wasn’t busy, he would pick up a broom and sweep the floors or make sure the buffet was clean and wiped down.Aside from this kid's outgoing nature and hard work, Robert Samay also noticed one other thing that was different about Ryheem: his hands and arms had never fully developed. It certainly wasn’t the only impressive thing about the employee, but Samay felt like he was a great example to kids everywhere. He decided to do something about it.Samay approached Ryheem and handed him a five-dollar bill as a tip. The teen looked so genuinely happy to be recognized for his hard work that Samay hatched a plan.A Surprise ReturnA few days later, Samay returned to the pizza joint with a friend and some reporters from KCTV. They spotted the teen and approached. Nothing could have prepared Ryheem for what happened next.“I appreciate your hard work, your good smile, your good attitude,” Samay told the teen in the video. “We don’t get that nowadays, especially with young kids.”Samay’s friend then began counting out notes from a crisp stack of $50 bills. The stack totaled $2,500, and it was all for the teen who had made such a big impression with his dedication and friendliness.“To be honest, I was speechless. I never had nothing in my life that had happened to me like that before,” Ryheem said. “That right there showed me that there’s more people in the world that really care for me.”More than the money, the teen was impressed by the kindness of the gesture. He was also impressed that, although Samay had noticed his physical condition, it wasn’t part of why he wanted to tip the kid so handsomely.“I don’t describe it as a condition. God made me like this for a reason. I’m a regular person. I don’t think of it as a disability,” Ryheem continued. “It don’t prevent me from nothing. If I feel like I can do it, I can do it.”A Message for Fellow TeensSamay was right in that Ryheem is a great example for others. He shared some sage advice with the news outlet for others who may have a physical disability.“Don’t ever hide it,” he said. “Embrace what you have different from other people. Because a lot of people think it’s cool, and a lot of people wouldn’t think it’s cool. The negative words, don’t let it get to your head. Because there’s a lot of positive in the world. There’s more positive than negative.”As for Samay, he says that money is just money. But finding someone who brings pure joy to people is uncommon and deserves to be recognized.“Money comes and goes,” he explained. “It’s rare to find someone like Ryheem.”The Importance of Recognizing Hard WorkMost people have to work to earn a paycheck in life, and that work can be hard and thankless. That’s why it’s so important to tip or tell people they’re doing a good job: we all need to feel appreciated and seen.That goes for home life as well, and parents who do unpaid jobs, children who look after their aging parents, or others who have people in their care that they can’t let down. Take time and write them a note, tell them how much they mean to you, or make sure they know what a good job they’re doing.Not everyone has extra money they can randomly gift to a stranger. But small acts of kindness like these can also lead to big rewards and are always appreciated.More from Goalcast:Famous Rapper Leaves Massive Tip After Accidentally Dining and Dashing From RestaurantStruggling Waiter Doesn’t Know How He Will Pay for College – Then a Famous Customer’s Tip Leaves Him Speechless

Man Who Bought His Homeless Friend a Coffee Every Week Gets a Surprise From Him - But Then He Finds Out the Truth
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Man Who Bought His Homeless Friend a Coffee Every Week Gets a Surprise From Him - But Then He Finds Out the Truth

Homelessness is a phenomenon that can feel far away for most of us, but is sometimes closer than we think. All it takes is one bout of bad luck, an illness, or a job loss. It can be easy to judge those who find themselves living on the street, but it should be even easier to show the less fortunate some kindness.This was the case with Joe Wilson, who would stop and chat every weekend with a homeless man who stood outside of his favorite weekend breakfast spot. Weekly EncounterOne of Joe Wilson’s most treasured weekend rituals is grabbing a special breakfast from his go-to cafe in Glasgow called Old Salty’s.Each time he goes to pick up his breakfast, he buys an extra coffee, which he gives to a homeless man who sells a magazine called Big Issue, outside of the restaurant. The man, named Daniel, and Joe chat every weekend, and have developed a friendship over time.Before falling into homelessness, Daniel was a chef. Unfortunately, he lost his job and was living on the streets selling magazines to get by. "Joe is such a nice guy, he comes down every week and always comes over for a chat and buys me a coffee. He isn’t a rich guy or anything, he is just a brilliant, kind man," Daniel said.Paying It ForwardOne Saturday morning, Joe went into Old Salty’s as usual to get his special breakfast, when he was told by the cashier ringing him up that his meal had already been paid for -- by Daniel! Joe was stunned, but still bought Daniel his usual coffee. Joe thanked Daniel, who was smiling ear to ear, for his kindness and generosity. Daniel told Joe that he had won some money from a scratch lottery ticket, and he had decided to use his winnings to treat Joe for all of the kindness he had been shown throughout their friendship. Joe was stunned when he later learned that Daniel had not actually won any money, he had been putting money aside to be able to show Joe how much he appreciated his weekly chats and coffee. Today, I did the same as usual but when I went to pay for my breakfast, the girl in the cafe told me it had already been paid for...by Daniel. He’d won £20 on a scratch card and decided he was going to treat me for a wee change.Joe WilsonShowing Appreciation Even though Daniel barely makes enough to get by, he wanted to show his appreciation for the kindness shown to him. We can all take a cue from Daniel and be more thoughtful about how we show our love and gratitude to those who improve our lives. More from Goalcast:Strangers Call Mom a “Whale” in Front of Everyone – Instead of Getting Angry, She Buys Them CoffeeHomeless Man With Photographic Memory Gets a Cup of Coffee at McDonald’s – Unexpectedly Ends Up With $100,000Thieves Vandalize 65-Year-Old Starbucks Barista’s Car – So Fellow Employees Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Brides Father Dies Before Wedding - So Her Mom Gifts Her the Ultimate Daddy-Daughter Dance Surprise
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Brides Father Dies Before Wedding - So Her Mom Gifts Her the Ultimate Daddy-Daughter Dance Surprise

Weddings can be a joyous time, but they can also bring up plenty of mixed feelings— especially when someone you love can’t be there to share your special day with you. That’s very true for people who have lost a parent, which is why it can be so important to honor them on the big day. One mother recognized that when her little girl married without her father, and it completely changed the wedding day.A Father Unexpectedly DiesWhen Kourtney Krietemeier was just 13 years old, her father, Donnie Young, was killed in the line of duty. Young was a detective with the Denver Police Department, and he was shot and killed in an unprovoked attack. The man had served with the department for 12 years, and needless to say, his death was a shock to everyone.“We did everything together. He was my best friend,” Krietemeier told Today. “So, not having him here for big moments is always really hard.”As Krietemeier grew older, she continued to miss her dad. But when she got engaged, it was especially hard. At that point, her aunt suggested that perhaps some of Young’s former colleagues could walk her down the aisle instead. Meanwhile, her mother agreed to step in for the traditional father-daughter dance.“Of course, it’s super happy, but at the same time, there’s this sadness, there’s that thing that’s missing,” Krietemeier explained to the publication.An Unexpected Wedding Day Surprise Even though the bride was grateful to be able to dance with her mom, she couldn’t get her dad out of her mind.“I was excited to dance with my mom, but I kept thinking about my dad,” she admitted. “I wanted him there too. I was kind of dreading that moment.”That’s where her mother’s intuition kicked in. Kelly Young knew her daughter was having a hard time, so she reached out to seven of her husband’s closest friends from the police department for help. They had all been in constant communication with her and her daughter ever since that fateful day they lost Donnie, and Kelly knew they would step up.On the big day, Kelly asked the DJ to play Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter.” The song has a special meaning for Krietemeier: when she was a little girl, her father played the song when he gifted her a replica of his police badge.Kelly then surprised her daughter by having her late father’s friends come in and take her place.“I ugly cried,” she admitted. “Having them tell me they were proud of me and how proud my dad would be, it was so comforting.”Honoring Our Loved OnesIt can be uncomfortable talking about those who have passed. That’s why we often try not to bring them up: the last thing we want to do is to make someone feel sad or as though they’re missing out on someone who was so important to them —especially on a day like a wedding.However, there’s also something to be said about honoring a person’s memory by talking about the joy they brought to our lives, the differences they made, and why they were so important during their time on earth. It’s how we keep memories alive, and it's how we feed our souls when they start to ache for what we no longer have.So take the time to honor those who have passed on. Remember the good times and talk about them. Take time to celebrate the life that was lived and share their story, and we will bring comfort to others and to ourselves.Because while it may be sad that these people are no longer in our lives, their long-lasting memories are also part of what shaped us into the people we are today.More from Goalcast:Bride and Groom Stand at the Altar – Then He Asks Her to Step Aside for Someone ElseBride Is Devastated When Her Fiancé Calls off Their $35K Wedding – Decides to Invite Some Unexpected Guests to Her Reception Instead

Man Disinherits His Children and Leaves Half His Fortune to His Dog Instead - Here’s Why He Came to This Decision
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Man Disinherits His Children and Leaves Half His Fortune to His Dog Instead - Here’s Why He Came to This Decision

As we age, we start to care more about the simple things in life. Sure, everyone needs a roof over their heads and food in their tummies. But we also need love and support. To feel wanted and appreciated. One man learned this lesson over the years, and he hopes his parting gift to his children will be that they learn it too.A Lonely FarmerNDTVYou may have never heard of a man named Om Narayan Verma, but his story went viral in India a couple of years ago when he controversially decided to leave his wealth to his pet instead of his kids.According to the Heraldo, Verma felt that his dog Jacky took better care of him than any of his six children did. So he axed them from his will and recognized his pet’s loyalty instead — by giving him half of his material possessions, which include 21 total acres of land.RELATED: 50 Dog Quotes for You and Your Furry Best Friend“My wife and my dog ​​take care of me. After my death, I want my second wife, Champa, and the dog Jacky, to inherit all the property that I have,” he told the publication. It’s his way of ensuring that whoever takes care of Jacky when he’s gone will inherit the property and take responsibility for the dog’s wellbeing.When Jacky dies, whoever took care of the dog will then inherit his share of Verma’s possessions.According to the 50-year-old, Jacky is like the “son I always wanted.” He follows him around everywhere and shows him unconditional love, something he wished he had with his own kids.A Decision Made in AngerVerma had three daughters and a son with his first wife, Dhanvanti Verma. Following their divorce, none of his children stayed in his life. However, through Verma’s marriage to Champa, they had two more daughters, who are apparently very much in their father’s life. That’s why the man decided to leave half of his property to Champa.According to New Indian Express, Verma admits that the will was made in anger, but his issues are resolved now. RELATED: ‘Hi Megan, It’s Grandpa’ – Woman Answers Sad Text from Her Lonely Grandfather in the Best WayWhether that means he and his kids are on good terms is unclear, but it seems as though his message is being heard around the world: there is more to life than material possessions.“The strange will of making the dog his legal heir and inheritor of the property has been done by Verma just to teach a lesson to his family,” a local representative named Rishi Vaishnav told the publication. “He is the ex-sarpanch of the village and a wise and respectable man.”A Powerful MessageHowever Verma’s story turns out (he is only in his fifties, after all), here’s hoping that it’s a positive ending for everyone involved. In the meantime, his message has resonated with so many because it can apply to everyone: appreciate what really matters in life.Not everyone will have the best relationship (if any) with their parents and family members. But at the end of the day, what really matters is spending time with the people you do love and the family you have made. It's also important to show them how much they mean to you.So pick up the phone and call that person you haven’t touched base with in a while. Arrange a time to hang out with your best friend, and stop blaming busy schedules on your lack of get-togethers. And remember that while money and material things are nice and essential for our general comfort, they are not the only things in life that truly matter.

100 Inspiring Quotes about Helping Others in Need
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100 Inspiring Quotes about Helping Others in Need

Helping others should come naturally. It shouldn’t be a question of “why should I do it”, but “how can I do it”.Some people are less fortunate; life is not kind to all of us. While you might be lucky enough to live a comfortable life, others don’t have a roof over their head or food to put on the table. You won’t be able to help everyone in need, but your gesture, no matter how small, will definitely make a difference.Helping others is not always about giving them money or material things. Some people just need a shoulder to cry on or some good advice. And you don’t necessarily have to be friends with someone to be there for them. This is simply about being human and caring about other people’s well-being.It really doesn’t matter who you are or how much you have to offer. Be kind just for the sake of it and expect nothing in return.Here are 100 Quotes about helping others and expecting nothing in returnQuotes about helping others in time of need or through hard timesAlways have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.ROY T. BENNETTGreat opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.SALLY KOCHSelfless giving is the art of living.FREDERIC LENZThe best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. MAHATMA GANDHIService to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. MOHAMMAD ALIYou can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life. ZIG ZIGLARThose who are happiest are those who do the most for others. BOOKER T. WASHINGTONThere is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. JOHN HOLMESThe test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.PEARL S. BUCKIf we always helped one another, no one would need luck. SOPHOCLESIf you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.CHINESE PROVERBWhile earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.JACKSON BROWN JR.The small charity that comes from the heart is better than the great charity that comes from the head.IVAN PANINNo one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. CHARLES DICKENSIn charity there is no excess.FRANCIS BACONIs the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved.BILL GATESA benefactor is a representative of God.BENJAMIN WHICHCOTEThere is a natural law, a Divine law, that obliges you and me to relieve the suffering, the distressed and the destitute.CONRAD HILTONCharity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLEROur prime purpose in this life is to help others and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. DALAI LAMAOne of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone. SHANNON L. ALDERIf you are truly concerned about helping people and creating value for them in your business and life. God will take care of you, and the universe will reward you. BERNARD KELVIN CLIVELet the echo of your footsteps spark a ray of hope in the heart of the hopeless and appear as help to the helpless. ABHIJIT NASKARYou have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.JOHN BUNYANI feel that if you are blessed, or lucky enough, to be doing well, you should help others. LAURELL K. HAMILTONTo me, there are saints every day. They stand up and help others and live for others and do things for others. THEODORE MELFIHelping others is a good effort to instill human dignity. GIFT GUGU MONAThe first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (more Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes)Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.STEVE MARABOLIWhen you learn, teach. When you get, give.MAYA ANGELOUWhen you reach out to those in need, do not be surprised if the essential meaning of something occurs. STEPHEN RICHARDSOnly by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.JIM ROHNNever look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.REV. JESSE JACKSONThe degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving.EDWIN LOUIS COLEIf you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.PROVERBRemember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. ROBIN SHARMAFind out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. SAINT AUGUSTINEEvery shine which destroys the darkness of others is a holy shine! MEHMET MURAT ILDANTo ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.ABRAHAM LINCOLNEveryone can be great, because everyone can serve.MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.Quotes about helping others who don't appreciate itSome won't appreciate you no matter how much you do for them. Release yourself. Go where you're appreciated and understood.ROBERT TEWThere is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself. ANDREW CARNEGIEA lack of appreciation and respect can be a sad end to many wonderful relationships. BERNAJOY VAALSometimes, we may discover we helped the wrong person, but that should not be a reason to stop helping other people in need, even though we were fooled previously. NICO J. GENESA kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. STEVE MARABOLIYou can be the nicest person, try your best to please everyone, but at the end of the day all your efforts still go unappreciated! RASHIDA ROWESometimes you'll give your all to someone, and they won't appreciate you. That's life. Just don't become bitter because of it. SONYA PARKERAnything acquired without effort, and without cost is generally unappreciated. NAPOLEON HILLWe can't be afraid to dismiss the unappreciative. DOMINIC RICCITELLOPeople don’t remember the million times you’ve helped them, only the one time you don’t. UNKNOWNLife is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. ROY T. BENNETTHell is full of the ungrateful. SPANISH PROVERBThe wicked are always ungrateful. MIGUEL DE CERVANTESIf you help the same person too many times. They’ll start believing that you are obliged to help them and become ungrateful. UNKNOWNBe nice to people… maybe it’ll be unappreciated, unreciprocated, or ignored, but spread the love anyway. We rise by lifting others. GERMANY KENTQuotes about helping others before yourselfWhen you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.NORMAN VINCENT PEALESet your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.BUDDHAThere is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.MANDY HALEReal living is living for others.BRUCE LEE (more Bruce Lee quotes)When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment. SIMON SINEK (more Simon Sinek quotes)Not he who has much is rich but he who gives much.ERICH FROMMThere are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.KHALIL GIBRANSince you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.ELEANOR ROOSEVELTTo do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.HENRY FORDI slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.RABINDRANATH TAGOREAsk not what I can get more from others, but instead what gift I have that can better help serve others more. DAVID VOSBURGAnd if you must measure your success do it not by what you have gained personally but what you have contributed to a wider benefit. RASHEED OGUNLARUIf you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.BUDDHAWe are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.JEFF WARNERThe good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.JANE ADDAMSLife engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.SARAH BERNHARDTIt’s good to be blessed. It’s better to be a blessing.JERRY SMITHAn effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.LYDIA M. CHILDQuotes about helping others from Mother TeresaSpread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.MOTHER TERESAWe ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.MOTHER TERESANot all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.MOTHER TERESAIf you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.MOTHER TERESAKind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.MOTHER TERESAWe shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.MOTHER TERESAI want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?MOTHER TERESAIt’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.MOTHER TERESALove is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.MOTHER TERESAAt the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.MOTHER TERESAQuotes about helping others and making a differenceThe purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.RALPH WALDO EMERSONIt’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.MAHATMA GANDHIThe purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.ROBERT F. KENNEDYThe work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. THOMAS CARLYLEI am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.EDWARD EVERETT HALEKindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.AMY LEIGH MERCREEThis is the only perfection there is, the perfection of helping others. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting meaning. This is why we’re here. To make each other feel safe. ANDRE AGASSIOnly a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. ALBERT EINSTEINIn a gentle way, you can shake the world.MAHATMA GANDHIWe rise by lifting others. ROBERT INGERSOLLGiving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.KATHY CALVINAt the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.DENZEL WASHINGTONI cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do. JANA STANFIELDI don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit. CHARLES DE LINTWhen you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. PAULINE R. KEZERWhat we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. ALBERT PIKE

'The Rock' Surprises Man Who Took Him In When He Was Homeless With A $30K Truck
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'The Rock' Surprises Man Who Took Him In When He Was Homeless With A $30K Truck

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson lets no good deed go unappreciated.Johnson had just $7 in his pocketWhile he might be a world-famous Hollywood hunk and legendary wrestler, Dwayne Johnson started from humble beginnings.After being evicted from his home in Hawaii, Johnson was sent to Nashville, Tennessee to live with his father, but someone else took him in.RELATED: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Rejects a Teen’s Prom Invite – What Happens Next Shocks Her"Sh*t happens, plans change and that’s the way it goes," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "Instead, I [was] told I was gonna live with a guy named Bruno [Lauer]. Who at the time lived in a tiny room at a spot called the Alamo Plaza motel.""Bruno could’ve (and should’ve) said hell no, I’m not takin’ in some kid who I don’t know. But he didn’t. He took this punk kid in and we became lifelong friends."Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Nine years later, Johnson had just $7 in his pocket and was again in need of a place to stay. So Lauer took him in again -- this time to live in his trailer in Walls, Mississippi.Johnson also credits Lauer for buying him his first car at 15 years old for $40.A big thank you from a big guyOn New Year's Eve, Johnson posted a video of him meeting with Lauer again. In the video, Johnson tells Lauer how much he loves him for taking him in as a teenager. Beyond giving thanks and hugging (with a mask on), Johnson revealed that he bought Lauer a $30,000 Ford F150 for Christmas."Nobody has ever done anything like this for me before," said a teary-eyed Lauer. "I can't believe it.""I love you, brother," Johnson wrote in the post. "Your kindness and heart - helped change my life’s trajectory. And when you’re ready to retire from 'the business' you just say the word. I got you covered. We’ll go 'downtown.'"Showing appreciationWhile Johnson is clearly on top of his game now, he didn't get there on his own. Lauer was surely among many who helped Johnson along the way, and every successful person has undoubtedly had help along their journey as well. So this is a reminder that as you become successful in your life, it's never too late to show appreciation to those who helped along the way. And while a $30,000 truck is a nice gesture, a heartfelt 'thank you' will do.More inspiring celebrities:Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant Are More Than An Unconventional CoupleWhy Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith Felt Like They Didn’t Know Each Other After 22 YearsKelly Clarkson Had Never Felt Attracted To Anyone Until She Met Her HusbandKate Winslet Suffered Two Major Heartbreaks Before Finding ‘The One’

Beloved Drive-Thru Worker Forced To Drop Out Of School - Customers Rally To Pay Tuition
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Beloved Drive-Thru Worker Forced To Drop Out Of School - Customers Rally To Pay Tuition

Canadians love their coffee, especially Tim Horton's, which serves five million cups every day to the country's 37 million residents. So when one worker at a Tim Horton's in Vaughan, Ontario made a cup of coffee even better with his positive attitude and friendly service, customers gave thanks with an extraordinary gesture of kindness.'The Tim Horton's Happy Fist Bumper'Every day, when customers passed through the Tim Horton's drive-thru in Vaughan, a suburb of Toronto, employee Vishnu Gopansothilingan would lift their spirits."He makes your day," said customer Matthew Shulman to CBC. "This guy, he fist-bumps you, he gives you weather reports.""Everybody in the community thinks they're special and he only does it with them, but it turns out he's doing it with everybody."Matthew Shuman said of Vishnu Gopansothilingan to CBCAnother customer, Niscolle Kopping-Pavars, told the CBC she loved coming to the drive-thru simply because Gopansothilingan was there. "I thought he was waiting his entire shift just to see me because she made me feel so special," she said.Customers fundraised for him to go back to school Gopansothilingan was studying IT at York University but dropped out due to financial constraints."I had to choose: either it was school or work," he said. "So I thought let me take some time off and I can continue in the future, but time passed by and you never get financial freedom because it's always something."After hearing about Gopansothilingan's financial dilemma, Shulman got an idea. He decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to send the beloved fist bumper back to school. The fundraiser was called "Vishnu The Tim Horton's Happy Fist Bumper!" "In a time of such uncertainty, he is and always has been a ray of sunshine! I, like many others, look forward to my morning coffee, fist bump, huge smile, worldly quotes, weather reviews, silly jokes, and the 'have an amazing day,' Shulman wrote in the GoFundMe description page."I am asking that anyone who's lives he has impacted in a positive way, like mine and my children's.....we do something to give back to someone who gives to us daily."Matthew Shulman wrote in the GoFundMe fundraiser."Vishnu is much more than a guy in a mask working the Tim Horton's drive-thru. He is an amazing human being," Shulman continued. "AS A COMMUNITY, LET'S SHOW HIM HOW MUCH WE CARE, send him back to school, assist in him buying presents for family etc."So far, the fundraiser has more than doubled its $10,000 ($7,840 USD) goal, raising $20,978 ($16,440) from 619 donors. "It's amazing how people appreciate the small things that I do," said Gopansothilingan, who was greeted by a row of clapping fans in the Tim Horton's parking lot. "I love people. This is who I am, giving back and making people smile."Giving thanks to allSure, our loved ones enrich our lives and we, hopefully, show thanks to them. But what about everyone else? The bus drivers that take us places. The front-line workers who put their lives on the line for us. The grocery store clerks who bravely deliver an essential service and drive-thru attendants like Gopansothilingan, who make us feel good each and every morning. We don't need to give everyone $20,000, but we can show them our appreciation.More uplifting stories:4 Years Ago, He Was Homeless–Today, He Bought His First HousePoor Man Who Missed Job Interview To Save A Life Had Employers Lining Up To Hire HimDomestic Abuse Survivor Marries The First Responder Who Saved Her LifeBrooklyn Landlord Cancels Rent For Hundreds Of Tenants, Setting An Unprecedented Example For Others

Anonymous Guardian Angel Leaves $3,000 Tip At Pandemic-Ravaged Restaurant
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Anonymous Guardian Angel Leaves $3,000 Tip At Pandemic-Ravaged Restaurant

This year, more than ever, we all could use some holiday cheer.An anonymous stranger certainly did his part to put smiles on the faces of staff members at a Cleveland restaurant when he gave them a $3,000 tip on a $7 bill. A $7 pint with a jaw-dropping tip Sunday, November 29 was the last day of service at Nighttown, a staple local restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Owner Brendan Ring decided to shut down until January as the state's cases of COVID-19 continued to skyrocket – and the last day of business was a busy one."We got kind of busy on Sunday with a lot of our regulars coming in since it was our last day," Ring told CNN.Then, a semi-regular customer came in and walked up to the bar. "[He] ordered a pint of Stella and he took a couple of sips out of it and said to the manager, 'Can I just get my check?'"The man, who wished to remain anonymous, quickly filled out the check and brought it over to Ring's table. He told him to share it with the servers and then, like in the movies, walked away. "He said, 'Good luck to you guys and we'll see you when you reopen.'"Brendan Ring A mistake? A joke?When Ring first saw the check, he thought it was a $300 tip. Unbelievable, but not jaw-dropping. Then, he put on his glasses and realized it was a $3,000 tip... on a $7 bill. He ran outside after the customer to make sure he didn't make an error. "He said, 'No, that's what I intended. Share it with the staff, good luck to you guys, Merry Christmas and we'll see you when you come back.'"Brendan Ring When Ring returned to the restaurant and told his staff, one of the servers thought he was joking – Ring had that kind of reputation at Nighttown."She said 'Yeah right, you did that.'" "The next server I showed it to, she started crying, she knew it was legit," Ring said. Along with Ring, the four servers working that day got $750 from the tip.An outpouring of loveRing told CNN he was in disbelief with not only the generosity of the anonymous client, but also how viral the story has become.Ring said his sister back in Ireland, where he is originally from, even saw the story in the newspaper."We're all so desperate for uplifting news, if this was a normal year, yeah, this would be a good story, but it's a great story because of the year we're in," Ring said. "The outpouring of love for this story has been universal."Give thanksYou see stories of people leaving huge tips from time to time, and they're always heartwarming. But it feels even more significant this year considering how tough the pandemic has been for the restaurant industry.If you can and have the means, this story is a reminder to give to those who've helped carry you through this year. Whether that's supporting your local restaurant, calling up a frontline worker you know and thanking them or mailing a gift to a friend or family member who has been there for you. Again, there's never been a better year to spread holiday cheer. More uplifting stories:4 Years Ago, He Was Homeless–Today, He Bought His First HousePoor Man Who Missed Job Interview To Save A Life Had Employers Lining Up To Hire HimDomestic Abuse Survivor Marries The First Responder Who Saved Her LifeBrooklyn Landlord Cancels Rent For Hundreds Of Tenants, Setting An Unprecedented Example For Others