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Good Happenings in the World: April Edition

Hello dear reader!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less.

Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but this year we also want to share good things that are happening in the world. Simply put, it’s a beautiful thing to be reminded of the good in the world.

Every Teacher On DonorsChoose.org Got Their School Project Funded

DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding platform that lets teachers post school project requests and donors choose which project they want to support with donations.

Thanks to Ripple, a cryptocurrency company, every single school project request will be funded! Ripple donated $29 million to DonorsChoose.org and pledged to fully fund the site’s more than 35,000 classroom project requests.

Asking For What You Want

Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, emailed Chris Larson, co-founder of Ripple, asking for the huge donation. Charles reported that he was worried Chris would “be offended by the ridiculousness” of his email pitch.

Despite his concerns, Charles forged ahead: “I kind of dared myself to send an email pitching an idea 10 times bigger than I’ve ever pitched before.”

His fearlessness paid off.

Chris and Ripple responded with a $29 million donation to DonorsChoose.org. The two organizations shared their exciting announcement in a joint YouTube announcement featuring Monica Long, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Ripple, and Charles Best. Charles, clearly moved by Ripple’s generosity, exclaimed: “Right now there are 35,000 classroom project requests live on our site. And Ripple is going to do something for those projects, those teachers, those students, that has never happened before!”

Paying It Forward

Monica shared what this donation means to Ripple. “At Ripple, we all have teachers to thank for giving us the education and opportunities that have helped us to get where we are today in our careers. And we want to pay that forward so that more teachers are able to give those types of opportunities to kids across America.” The unprecedented donation is about paying it forward and honoring our teachers for the important work they do.

DonorsChoose Tweeted “We can’t believe that just happened. With the largest single donation in our history, @Ripple just funded EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM PROJECT on our site. Happy #BestSchoolDay!”

Ripple’s generous donation will fund 35,647 school projects, from 28,210 teachers, at 16,561 public schools around our nation. That is truly paying it forward.

 

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

It doesn’t take money or talent to do something good for another. Create your own good happenings in the world. We’d love to hear about the kindness you spread into the world! Feel free to post stories about the good things you do or witness on our Facebook page!

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Good Happenings in the World: March Edition

Hello dear reader!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less.

Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but this year we also want to share good things that are happening in the world. Simply put, it’s a beautiful thing to be reminded of the good in the world.

When Helping A Customer Leads to a College Scholarship

Evoni Williams was working her busy Saturday shift at the Waffle House. One of her customers, an elderly man, needed help cutting up his food. Without hesitation Evoni took his plate and began cutting up his ham for him.

A patron, Laura Wolf snapped a photo of Evoni’s act of kindness and posted it to Facebook. Laura’s Facebook post read:

“I don’t know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham. This may seem small but to him, I’m sure it was huge. I’m thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative. If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand… #wafflehouse #kindness #givingback #offerlove #bekind #goodnews

The post quickly went viral. It has been shared over 73,000 times.

In response to Evoni’s act of service, Texas Southern University presented her a $16,000 scholarship―for $4,000 each semester of her studies. Evoni is 18 years old and she said she was working to save up for college.

The city mayor’s office also offered a Proclamation creating a day just for Evoni!

“We, the mayor, and city council, by virtue of our authority vested by the city of La Marque, Texas, do hereby proclaim March 8, 2018, as Evoni Nini Williams Day. And the city of La Marque hereby encourages all citizens and business to recognize these acts of kindness[.]”

You can view the video of the Proclamation reading and the presentation of the scholarship check here.

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”

– Kahlil Gibran

Certainly it is rare that an act of kindness is caught on camera and leads to a college scholarship. But Evoni didn’t help that man cut his food for personal gain, she did it because it was the kind thing to do. Kindness for the sake of kindness is its own reward.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

It doesn’t take money or talent to do something good for another. Create your own good happenings in the world. We’d love to hear about the kindness you spread into the world! Feel free to post stories about the good things you do or witness on our Facebook page!

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Good Happenings in the World: February Edition

Hello dear reader!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less.

Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but this year we also want to share good things that are happening in the world. Simply put, it’s a beautiful thing to be reminded of the good in the world.

Good Samaritans Return Stolen Family Heirloom Engagement Ring

By a twist of fate, two good Samaritans were able to return a family heirloom engagement ring to the soon fiancé.

Nico Bellamy had been holding on to an engagement ring that belonged to his then girlfriend’s late grandmother―for three years. Nico was planning to propose to longtime girlfriend Catie Schlisserman on a special vacation they had planned months in advance.

Nico said, “Catie’s dad gave me the ring the morning after her older sister got married. I joke that it was a not-so-subtle hint to get on with it already, but I think in reality he expected that after being together for seven years, I’d probably be proposing at some point in the future and he wanted his daughter to have a family heirloom.”

The ring was stored in a safety deposit box until the couple planned a move across town. Nico wanted to keep the ring closer to home, so he withdrew it from the safety deposit box, slipped it into a plastic bag, then into a tiny box, and put the box in his backpack.

After the move Nico was horrified to find the ring missing! When he went looking for the ring he found that his backpack had been unzipped and the box was gone.

“Overcome with panic, he realized that it must have been stolen by the movers who were at his house earlier that week. As he drove to the airport [to pick up Catie’s dad]—still trying to keep the secret from Catie—Bellamy just stared off wondering what he would tell his future father-in-law.”

It was on the way back from the airport that fate stepped in…

To avoid traffic, Nico took a back road home from the airport. He spotted a sign posted to a tree that read: “Found Engagement Ring.” His heart skipped a beat.

Once home, Nico used the excuse of taking the dog for a walk so he could contact the phone number posted on the sign. The found ring was in fact the stolen heirloom engagement ring.

A couple had found the ring box in an alley where the movers had been after helping Nico and Catie move. Nico “guesses that the movers looked inside the ring box, saw the crumpled up plastic bag, and assumed that there was nothing in it.” Luckily the two good Samaritans had a feeling they should look inside the crumpled back before throwing the box away.

Thanks to the kindness of this couple to return the engagement ring, Nico was able to propose to Catie with the beloved family heirloom―in Paris, on New Year’s Eve.

Only one sign was hung in the neighborhood and on a street that Nico never drives down. Catie’s explanation for the coincidence: “I like to think that it was my grandparents watching out for us.”

Nico and Catie plan to invite the couple who found the ring to their wedding.

 

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

It doesn’t take money or talent to do something good for another. Create your own good happenings in the world. We’d love to hear about the kindness you spread into the world! Feel free to post stories about the good things you do or witness on our Facebook page!

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our monthly Good Happenings in the World articles!

 

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Good Happenings in the World: January Edition

Hello dear reader!

Thank you for following our blog. We share information here about getting out of debt, the benefits of bankruptcy, and tips on savvy financial management, saving more, and spending less.

Certainly, these are critical topics for our financial futures, but this year we also want to share good things that are happening in the world. Last year we published a monthly edition of Random Acts of Kindness. Simply put, it’s a beautiful thing to be reminded of the good in the world.

Without further ado, Welcome 2018 and Welcome to our January Edition of Good Happenings in the World!

Good Happenings Gone Viral

Last year gave us a number of feel-good viral moments, spread far and wide across the internet. Here are our top 3 favorite good happenings that went viral in 2017!

Words With Friends

Rosalind Guttman, 81, retired and living in Florida, met Spencer Sleyon, a 22 year old aspiring rapper from Harlem, while playing Words With Friends. Rosalind played the word “phat,” and she and Spencer became fast friends after that.

Throughout the summer they played over 300 games with each other! While playing they also shared hopes, dreams, and plans for the future. They got to know each other. In December Spencer traveled to Florida to meet Rosalind in person. Adorable photos of the unlikely duo embracing went viral.

Rabbit Rescue

During the Thomas Fire that scorched over 280,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, north of Los Angeles, a man pulled off to the side of the freeway to save a wild cottontail rabbit.

In the video we watch a man frantically jumping around and chasing something. The massive wildfire blazes only inches away. He then scoops up a tiny bunny into his arms and carries her to safety. The brave rabbit rescuer was later identified as Caleb Wadnan.

Cookies for a Cause

Mark Chalifoux, comedian and writer from Cincinnati, was accidentally added to a family’s group chat. He received multiple texts, including family photos and discussions of sending care packages to a relative serving in the military.

Mark said, “I didn’t want to do just the traditional ‘This is the wrong number’ and be rude about it that way, so I assumed if I just responded with anything, that would pretty much clarify to them that they shouldn’t have included me on this,” he said.

But the texts continued. When he sent a text saying he wasn’t sure he should be a part of the thread and trying to clue them in on their mistake, he received the response: “Because you are family” followed by a string of emojis.

A member of the group thread shared how to send care packages to their relative serving in the military. The soldier’s privacy is protected by calling him “Christian.” Mark decided that he was going to put something together for Christian.

Mark set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for “Cookies for Christian.” Much to his surprise, the campaign raised over $1,600! Mark sent 40 pounds of cookies oversees to Christian and his unit, plus a second shipment of essentials like toiletries and non-perishable snacks (more nutritious than cookies).

Mark shares this heartwarming story on the GoFundMe page, and in closing he states: “There’s a lot messed up in this world. Take a minute to put some positive energy out there. Give people something to believe in. And buy some cookies for a guy none of us have ever met.”

Mark is still receiving their group text messages.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

It doesn’t take money or talent to do something good for another. Create your own good happenings in the world. We’d love to hear about the kindness you spread into the world! Feel free to post stories about the good things you do or witness on our Facebook page!

 

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with our monthly Good Happenings in the World articles!

 

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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