Patients at the Duke Cancer Center will soon be able to shop for clothing, cosmetics and other items they need at no cost to them thanks to a $1 million gift from Belk Inc. The money will be used to set up a Belk Boutique conveniently located inside the center.
Belk is a department store chain based out of Charlotte, NC. But it’s not just corporations that are in the giving spirit these days. Here are a few more tales of great generosity by everyday people.
A Home For the Homeless
An elderly woman bequeathed her 525 square foot condo to San Francisco’s homeless. According to MSNBC , Lelia Boroughs, 84, had no family and was concerned about the plight of the homeless, whom she often fed.
Trent Rhorer director of San Francisco’s Department of Human Services said that the home’s sale could net the city’s homeless fund $400,000 to $500,000. As many as 150 families may benefit from Boroughs’ gift.
The Pay It Forward Café
In a little coffee shop in Bluffton, NC someone wants to buy you a cup of joe. It all started two years ago when a woman left a $100 bill with the cashier asking it be used to pay for the orders of those who came behind her until the money ran out.
Some recipients of this lady’s kindness decided to pay it forward, leaving their own $100 donations until it became common place for patrons of the Common Perk to revel in the kindness of strangers.
Star Basketball Player Donates Scholarship to Fellow Students
When Allan Guei, 18, won a free throw contest in the gym of Compton High School in Los Angeles, and with it a $40,000 scholarship, he was relieved. The son of immigrants from the Ivory Coast, Guei understood how much his parents would have to sacrifice to send him to college.
Imagine his joy when he also received a full ride basketball scholarship to California State University – Northridge. Guei too, wanted to pay it forward. Although he could have kept most of the contest money, he choose instead to give it to the other 7 contestants in the free throw competition.
Don Dotson, one of the 7 beneficiaries of Guei’s generosity said, “Because of what he’s done for us, God will bless him. That’s what life is all about – stepping forward to help other people.”
That’s a “Dirty Job’s” moment!
When Ann Aulakh accidentally flushed her gold necklace down the toilet in her bathroom, she probably never expected to see it again. Nevertheless, her friend reported the incident to the sanitation district.
Imagine her amazement when a sanitation worker dropped it off at her home months later. Employees found it during a routine pipe flush, and remembered the message. Aulakh’s husband had given her the necklace on their first Christmas together.
For more feel good facts, read Cheerful People Die Young and Other Facts to Make You Feel Better .”
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