Each day is a day to celebrate. No matter what is going on in the world, there is always good to counteract it. Here is our way to help the movement by sharing our top three feel-good stories of the week.
Last month marked the five year anniversary of school teacher Colleen Ritzer’s passing. The young teacher died in 2013 when a student attacked her in the school’s bathroom. Instead of being sad or angry thinking about this day, her friends created the campaign “Kindness For Colleen” which encourages people to perform random acts of kindness every year on Oct. 22 in her memory. How beautiful is it that these people create a beautiful and inspiring legacy out of such a tragedy.
Here’s a Tip
Albert Lexie had been a shoe shiner at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital for over 30 years. Within those 30 years, he had collected a large sum of money in tips. About a week ago, Albert, unfortunately, passed away, but he didn’t go without leaving a beautiful gift behind. Albert Lexie had left all the money he ever made in tips from shining shoes, which came out to be about $202,000, to the children’s hospital’s Free Care Fund, which provides medical care to uninsured and under-insured children in the Pittsburgh area.
San Jose California has come up with the perfect plan to clean the streets of their city and help out their homeless population. They plan to hire 25 homeless people to help pick up litter and will pay them $15 an hour for four or five hours per day. This program will start them off on a path that could change their lives and could be just the self-esteem boost these people need to get back on their feet. The leaders of the program hope this will transition these homeless helpers into full-time work!
We hope these have helped to inspire and motivate you to see the glass as half full and enjoy a beautiful weekend.