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28 Days of Kindness


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WHAT IS 28 DAYS OF KINDNESS?

28 Days of Kindness is a global initiative to promote awareness of doing good deeds for others. While you can easily share the love on any day or month of the year, we chose February for our month long virtual event.

WHY FEBRUARY?

February is a month already associated with love in the minds of many. It’s also the month of Valentine’s Day.

Our goal is remind people that no matter where they are in their lives, there are ways to realize and enjoy the love and kindness they have all around them.

Everyday, for the entire month of February, we’ll be posting quotes, ideas, and stories of good deeds happening around the world. We want to inspire people to go make somebody’s day, and we promise it’s a lot easier than you think.

WHY LITTLE ACTS OF KINDNESS?

Through our own personal experience, it’s sometimes the little things that have the biggest impact. You can make someone’s day simply by buying their cup of coffee, offering to pay for a meal, sending them a card in the mail, or even making a phone call to let them know their thought of. With enough good deeds, we can make a difference.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Mosey on over to our “Join Us” page to learn how you can help spread the word and join us online. You can also easily click on one of the two icons over on the right, to join our month long Facebook event, and to follow the Twitter hashtag of awesomeness happening all over the world. Now, go forth and be kind.

WHO’S BEHIND ALL OF THIS?

Really happy people, who want to cause ripple effects of goodness in lives of many.

official site: http://www.28daysofkindness.com/

Love Makes a Family


Welstead family

Posted: 01/02/2014 8:57 pm EST

A few years ago, Ben and Renee Welstead adopted two beautiful little girls, Cora and Ruby, through the foster care system.

Theirs is a beautiful story — of a man and his wife, and the wonderful and emotional journey they’ve traversed with their two young daughters. It reminds us that it is, indeed, love that makes a family.

Touched by the Welsteads’ devotion to each other, Ashley and Jeremy Parsons — the husband and wife photography team behind Parsons Photographers — created a stunning video capturing the family’s story. First uploaded in 2012, the video — a poignant montage of photographs — has experienced a viral resurgence this week. (The clip has racked up more than 44,000 views thus far.)

“This is the story of how Ben and Renee adopted two little girls, and how those two little girls filled their home with more joy than they ever imagined,” Parsons Photographers said in their blog. “This is the story of 4 people becoming a family, and a house finally becoming a home. This is a story that even amidst life’s twists and turns, heartbreak, and abandonment — joy, unconditional love, and family can be born.”

According to the Park&Go blog — which is a parking service company based in Lincoln, Neb. — the Welsteads, both of whom are photographers themselves, adopted Cora and Ruby in 2011.

The couple, who lives in Nebraska, has since fostered more children. In 2012, the Parsons Photographers’ blog noted that the Welsteads had welcomed a pair of twins into their home. The children are said to be biological siblings of their adopted daughters.

“It staggered us to think of going from being a couple, to a family of six in less than two years,” the blog writes. “But the reality was this: [the twins] needed a home. They needed parents… They are amazing little souls, full of life.”

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/couple-adoption-video-welsteads_n_4533511.html

Craigslist Request: Family for the Holidays


by CBS News

khou.com

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At William Jessup University near Sacramento, there’s a junior who seems to have it all. Jackie Turner has straight As, good friends and a big heart. She works part-time as a tutor and eventually wants a career helping troubled kids.

Her future is definitely bright, but the clouds still roll in every December.

“This time of year is hard,” Jackie said. “Everyone is talking about their cousins, their families, all the things that make up Christmas.”

Jackie says she doesn’t have any of that — and never did.

Asked to recall some of the pleasant memories of her childhood, Jackie said, “I remember getting locked up and locked in rooms. And I remember getting beatings for stealing food.”

Born to a mother she never met and dad she wished she hadn’t, Jackie said she was abused, neglected, and starved.

She’s been able to move on — for 11 months out of every year, at least. But that 12th has always posed a problem, which is why this year she decided to take action.

Jackie said, “This hurting, you’re tired of it, what are you going to do? And I was like, ‘Craigslist.'”

That’s right, she said Craigslist — where most people go to find a new apartment or used car, Jackie went looking for a happier holiday. Specifically, her classified said, “I want to rent a mom and dad.”

“Maybe for like a couple hours — just be like the light of their life for that moment,” Jackie said.

She was even willing to pay, she said, “Eight bucks, just to sit, which for a college student is affordable.”

She got dozens of responses — about half from parents who wanted to help, for free of course — and about half from other young people who felt the same way she did.

“People are hurting and broken and we need each other,” Jackie said. “We need to be loving people. And I think that’s what tonight’s about.”

source: http://www.khou.com/news/California-woman-who-tries-to-rent-family-via-Craigslist-gets-so-much-more-237304631.html

Christmas Miracle


By now, I’m sure every one is familiar with the story and video below since it occurred more than two weeks ago…and, has over 33 million hits on YouTube. 🙂 However, since today IS Christmas, I decided to post it. It puts a smile on my face and I hope it does the same for you. Merry Christmas!

BY  ,CALGARY SUN

FIRST POSTED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2013 10:53 AM MST | UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 10:08 AM MST

The clever Christmas surprise engineered by a Calgary-based airline soared onto social media and into the hearts of many Monday.

WestJet posted its “Christmas Miracle” video on YouTube overnight Sunday and had more than 315,000 views in the first 24 hours.

Plans for the video began in August. With 19 hidden cameras, it detailed the travel of 250 people total on two flights to Calgary — one from Hamilton, the other, Toronto — on Nov. 21.

Guests were greeted by Santa on a screen at the airports — Old St. Nick even addressed them by name.

He asked passengers what they’d like for Christmas. While they rattled off their wish lists, volunteers took notes.

“We were accumulating our list and checking it twice,” said Robert Palmer, manager of public relations. “We didn’t do the naughty or nice thing — that was too much work.”

As the flights took off, WestJet volunteers in Calgary worked with partners CrossIron Mills and Best Buy to gather gifts.

When passengers arrived at YYC, they gathered at the baggage claim waiting for their luggage, but instead …

“What came down were all the presents, exactly what they asked for,” said Palmer.

The 357 gifts ranged from socks and underwear to a snowboard and an Android tablet to a big screen TV.

Some requests weren’t possible — world peace — but WestJet did its best, said Palmer, noting a wish for a husband was met with a Ken doll and the dream for a new car landed one gentleman a toy version.

The airline promised when the video views hit 200,000, it would donate flights to reunite a family over Christmas through Ronald McDonald House. The family has not yet been chosen.

jenna.mcmurray@sunmedia.ca

On Twitter: @SunJMac

source: http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/12/09/calgary-based-westjet-makes-passengers-christmas-wishes-come-true

GIVING TUESDAY


Today is GIVING TUESDAY. Please think of others today and give what you can. If you cannot afford to give to a charity, give of your time, buy someone lunch, give a HUG – just do something for someone else today that will put a smile on their face. Have a blessed day.

NY man finishes writing out entire Bible by hand


Associated Press/Mike Groll, File - FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013 file photo, Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at this home in Philmont, N.Y. Patterson, a 63-year-old upstate New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible has penning the very last lines. Patterson completed the final lines of the Book of Revelation on Saturday evening, May 11, 2013 during a ceremony at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, near the Massachusetts border.(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Associated Press/Mike Groll, File – FILE – In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013 file photo, Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at this home in Philmont, N.Y. Patterson, a 63-year-old upstate New York man who has spent years writing out every word in the Bible has penning the very last lines. Patterson completed the final lines of the Book of Revelation on Saturday evening, May 11, 2013 during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, near the Massachusetts border.(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Whatever your beliefs are, after reading the following story, you must admit that what this man did was pretty profound. I think one of the responses, by a poster, says it all:

SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — At last, it is written.

Four years after he began his project to write out every word of the Bible, Phillip Patterson penned the very last lines Saturday at an upstate New York church.

“Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it,” said Patterson, 63, moments after inking the final two verses of the King James Bible. “I’m really going to miss this writing.”

It took Patterson just a few minutes to copy the final lines of the Book of Revelation before a crowd of about 125 people at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown. He ended the ceremony by saying “Amen.”

Patterson, of Philmont, began copying the complete King James Bible in his neat, looping handwriting in 2009. He spent two years copying the first five books of the Bible as a prototype before starting fresh. He said he’ll spend about another year working on the book’s binding and covers before donating the fully completed Bible — more than 2,400 pages — to St. Peter’s as a gift.

For now, he said, he’ll just have to get used to his new life without holding a Pigma Micron pen every day.

“I’m going to miss the writing, that’s what I’m going to miss,” he said. “My fingers are fine, no callouses.”

Patterson has said he started the project to learn about the Bible, not as a spiritual quest. But he said the project has helped him become more patient, confident and loving.

The project was slowed by his health problems, including AIDS and anemia. The retired interior designer relies on two canes and leans on walls and furniture to get around his apartment near the Massachusetts border.

Paterson worked as much as 14 hours a day on his project.

source: Associated Press