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Teacher Makes a Request to Man She Met in a Store - After She Passes Away, a Shocking Secret Comes Out
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Teacher Makes a Request to Man She Met in a Store - After She Passes Away, a Shocking Secret Comes Out

*Featured image contains photo by Melinda Gimpel on UnsplashWe often hear how important it is to save money and plan for the future. It’s a simple concept, but it can be incredibly difficult to do, especially when you consider bills and the overall cost of living. So it’s impressive to hear about someone who lived frugally and saved a lot.When you learn about someone who was able to save millions to make a difference in so many other people’s lives, though, that’s downright heartwarming.Cautious With MoneyGenevieve Via Cava lived a pretty frugal life. The special needs teacher rarely dined out or treated herself to things like the movies or trips. Instead, she took her paycheck every week and put aside most of her earnings. She didn’t even buy new clothes but chose instead to buy items second-hand or at a super-discounted price.Via Cava’s colleagues and friends knew how she lived, but they rarely considered what she did with her money. According to People, she clipped coupons, didn’t have any children, and was the type of person who didn’t want to fork over $4,000 on a hearing aid. In the end, it all meant she was actually able to save quite a bit.That didn’t come out until seven years after her death, though. Following Via Cava’s passing in 2011 at the age of 89, it took years to settle her estate. When the affairs were finally settled, her former colleagues were shocked: the woman left a million dollars to New Jersey’s Dumont School District.The interest that donation will receive going forward will be enough to fund two annual $25,000 scholarships in perpetuity, “making a huge impact in the lives of the kids she loved,” the district’s superintendent, Emanuele Triggiano, told the publication.A Generous HeartOver the years, Via Cava became good friends with a man named Richard Jablonski. They met at the clothing store he used to run, where he fondly recalled her shopping the “70 percent off” rack.Eventually, Via Cava asked Jablonski to be the executor of her will. Even he was surprised to learn the extent of her savings. He recalled her chastising him for taking his kids out for dinner when he could be saving those hard-earned dollars instead. He also highlighted how she really wanted to do some good with the money she saved.“When she told me seven years before she passed away that she had money and wanted me to handle her will, I was floored to learn how much she’d saved,” he said. “She’d call and say, ‘I want to leave $100,000 to the Salvation Army,’ and ‘I want to leave $100,000 each to county animal shelters,’ and ‘Let’s add a $100,000 donation to the hearing center.’ She certainly had a generous heart.”The friend explained that one day, while Via Cava was at the bank of all places, she doubled over in pain. The tellers called an ambulance, but she passed away pretty quickly from sepsis. Jablonski, who now lives in Via Cava's house, was still driving to come and see her when he got the call that she'd died.“Genevieve was very smart — she knew finances,” he added, “She’d be thrilled to hear that the interest alone from her $1 million gift to the school district will pay for a scholarship every year. She was a strict teacher, but she loved those kids. They meant the world to her. And now her legacy will live on forever.”Creating Our Own LegaciesNot all of us are great with money, and that’s okay. What’s so touching about this story is that it reminds us that money isn’t everything, and we don’t need new things or flashy items to make a difference. Sometimes, the best way to make a difference and create our own legacies is to commit to doing so.For this woman, it was saving her money so that one day she could donate it to causes that mattered to her. For others, it could be committing to coaching a community sports team, volunteering at a retirement center, or working at a non-profit. There are so many ways to make a difference in the world and to leave your mark. But the first step is always deciding that’s what you want to do.More from Goalcast:Devoted Father Builds $35-Million Theme Park for His Daughter With Special Needs — Allows Disabled People FREE AdmissionThai Monk Wins $500,000 Lottery—Decides To Spend The Money In The Most Meaningful WayStreet Musician Offers All His Money On-Hand to a Homeless Beggar — What the Homeless Man Does Next Is the Last Thing He’d Expect

<strong>NHL Hockey Player Surprises Sandy Hook Survivor  Who Lost His Sister  With Law School Scholarship After Game</strong>

NHL Hockey Player Surprises Sandy Hook Survivor Who Lost His Sister With Law School Scholarship After Game

Isaiah Márquez-Greene, a survivor of the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, is one strong young man. Isaiah’s young sister Ana Grace died tragically in the Sandy Hook mass shooting at the tender age of six. Ana Grace was one of twenty elementary school children and six teachers who were killed in the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Isaiah attended Sandy Hook Elementary and was just eight years old at the time of the shooting.Jessica Hill / Associated PressIsaiah and his family have been through unthinkable loss and heartbreak but have spent the past decade helping others, adopting the slogan “Love Wins” right after the tragedy.Isaiah is now 18 years old and has just received the surprise of a lifetime.On April 13th, Isaiah attended a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden and met his all-time favorite hockey player, Jacob Trouba.And that is when the surprises began!Upon arriving at Madison Square Garden, Isaiah was under the impression he was going to receive a hockey jersey from the Rangers' captain. Isaiah met Trouba on the ice and explained what a major fan of the hockey star he had been since he was a little boy, when the defenseman played for the Winnipeg Jets.Cue the Magical Surprises:After signing the jersey, Trouba invited Isaiah to join him on the Rangers bench. Calling him an "amazing human," the Ranger revealed that he knew all about Isaiah's story and asked him what he wants to do in the future.Isaiah shared his hopes of becoming a lawyer and that he is preparing to attend the University of Connecticut’s Special Program in Law. The program allows incoming undergraduates to declare their interest in law and receive special support to plan for law school.Trouba proceeded to hand Isaiah a certificate and told him, "You’re going to graduate from college, you’re going to go to law school and you’re going to have no debt coming out of school” exclaimed Jacob. “This is for you,” he said. “It’s from the 'Garden of Dreams,' It’s a scholarship for law school.""No way!” Isaiah responded."You deserve it, man," added Trouba. @NYRangers / TwitterThe Garden of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with Madison Square Garden to assist young people with achieving their dreams. The Foundation funded Isaiah’s scholarship, as well as provided fifteen $60,000 awards to other deserving students.After the pair took a picture together, Jacob surprised Isaiah once again by giving him his phone number and telling Isaiah to text him. He said that he wanted to check in with him when he is in college and wants to attend his university graduation.“I’m looking forward to what you accomplish in life,” Trouba expressed. “You’ve got a lot ahead of you.”When the New York Rangers shared the touching moment between Isaiah and Trouba on Twitter, they captioned it with, “Isaiah: You’re our inspiration. We can’t wait to see you right back here after Troubs watches you graduate law school.”@NYRangers / TwitterIsaiah’s mother, Nelba, also shared the heartfelt moment between Jacob and her son on Twitter, wrote, "This was a lot of beauty to hold at once. Thank you, @NYRangers, for keeping your promises.""We are officially a @UConn family," she added. "Take good care of him, friends."Isaiah’s family are the founders of The Ana Grace project, a foundation in honor of his younger sister, which supports arts education and the "Love Wins" curriculum, as well as providing community training for mental health support.@anagraceproject / FacebookNelba followed up with a heartfelt message on the Project’s Facebook page:"I still have no words to describe this. I am in shock. Basically, we turned down a lot of schools because it would have meant so much debt. I didn't want that for him. And I didn't want it for me," she wrote. "Saying no to a child's first choice is hard. But God had this in store."As the Márquez-Greene family continues to remind us – love wins.