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Help One Another…Always


The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy this week gave cause for many to do what they could to help their neighbors. This disaster has affected millions and it will take a long while for many to recover.

If you would like to help with the relief efforts  you can go to the Red Cross site http://www.redcross.org/ , make a donation online through iTunes or Ebay http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/01/sandy-itunes-ebay-donations/  Or, if you live in the U.S., you can also tune in to NBC tomorrow for their telethon to benefit those affected by hurricane. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/nbc-to-show-telethon-for-hurricane-sandy-relief-effort-on-friday/

Now, as we all look for a way to help others that are going through this, let me just remind everyone to make a point to help whomever you can on a daily basis. DON’T WAIT for a disaster to lend a helping hand to those in need. If a situation arises where your help would be welcome, reach out and  give what you can – financially, emotionally, etc. to friends, family…even strangers.

NEVER turn your back on those in need. One day you may be the one who needs a hand extended to you.

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Ohio Man Aids Same Stranger Twice in Eight Years


By Matthew Jaffe | Good Morning America

In a turn of events described as “miraculous,” an Ohio man helped the same stranger twice in the span of eight years, most recently in a potentially deadly situation last weekend.

It was late Saturday night on a country road near Chagrin Falls, about 20 miles east of Cleveland, when Christopher Manacci and his wife were driving home from watching their son’s football game for Case Western Reserve University and noticed a van, towing a boat, moving very slowly.

“I passed him and, for whatever reason, I noticed his front-left tire looked flat,” Manacci told ABC News. “I dropped my wife off at home and said, “I’m going to take the guy a can of Fix-a-Flat. It’s 11 o’clock at night in a rural setting, so there’s not a lot of places to go. There are no tire stores, no anything. When I returned, I pulled behind him about 100 feet away, completely off the road and went up to ask him if he wanted to use the Fix-a-Flat for his tire, which I noticed was shredded. He and his son were outside the van evaluating the tire.”

Suddenly, a pick-up truck, whose driver turned out to be allegedly drunk, came tearing down the road, smashing into Manacci’s car.

“We didn’t even see this truck until it impacted the car,” Manacci recalled. “It strikes my vehicle and causes the truck to go up on the left two wheels, airborne, missing this guy and his son by about three feet.

“The guy looks at me and goes, ‘What just happened?’ I just said, ‘Thank God he hit my car.’ Because had he not struck my vehicle, he would have struck this guy and his son head-on at 50 miles per hour.”

That was when a strange situation became even stranger. Gerald Gronowski, the owner of the van who was returning from a lake fishing trip, asked Manacci what kind of work he did. When Manacci replied that he is a nurse practitioner at Case Western’s School of Nursing, Gronowski recounted an incident that had taken place eight years earlier.

“He tells me about this story where he was fishing on that same lake,” Manacci said. “His son at that time was on the dock where you launch the boats and I heard him say, ‘Is anybody here a doctor?’ I was kayaking with my son on the lake. His son says, ‘My dad’s hurt really bad.’ I say, ‘Let me take a look at him.’ He had three [fishing hooks] hooks deep in the palm of his hand, deep into the tissue of his hand. Fortunately, I had with me a medical kit to remove this hook out of his hand without causing any more extensive damage.

“He’s telling me this story and I go, ‘Yes, I know that story well.’ He looks at me and says, ‘You do?’ I say, ‘Yeah, it was me. He says, ‘Oh, my God, it was you!’

He thanked me for that last time and says, ‘You know, there’s no doubt, tonight you saved my life.’ I said, ‘I didn’t, but I guess my Lexus did.'”

The remote chances of Manacci helping Gronowski twice in eight years were not lost on the two men.

“To have this perchance meeting a second time when he was in significant danger and for me to play a small role in the outcome, it’s a blessing,” Manacci said.

“I’m a nurse practitioner and in 30 years I’ve done helicopter rescues and jet rescues in every place across the globe, so coming to help people is part of my DNA , I guess,” he said. “Of all these things, I probably know the least about mechanics, but I do know when somebody’s in trouble and that was the sense I had [Saturday].

“It’s really quite a miracle if you think about it, a miracle that I was a part of,” he said. “And it’s a miracle for that [alleged] drunk driver since he does not have to live with the horror of knowing that he killed a family. No matter how you look at it, it’s really quite amazing. For me, well, you know, I’m just a small piece of it.”

As the two men stood by the side of the road Saturday in disbelief about what had just transpired, Gronowski offered to take Manacci fishing to thank him for his help.

“I said, ‘No disrespect, but given the luck you have surrounding the fishing,” Manacci said he replied, “It’d be better off if we went bowling.

“And I said, ‘I want to be clear that I limit rescues to two times per person in a lifetime.”

source: http://gma.yahoo.com/ohio-man-aids-same-stranger-twice-eight-years-214414472.html?_esi=1

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Aaron’s Last Wish


[photo from aaron.org on Facebook]

Man’s dying wish for $500 tip inspires charity

By Dylan Lovan, Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — As Seth Collins finished his penne pasta at a Lexington restaurant, he called over the waitress to fulfill his brother’s dying wish.

He explained to her that his 30-year-old brother Aaron recently passed away, but that he’d left instructions in his will to leave a $500 tip for a server.

Then Seth Collins handed the waitress a stack of $20 bills.

The waitress, Chelsea Powell, took the money reluctantly and then smiled and said: “Are you kidding me?” She laughed nervously and had to cover her mouth from the excitement before giving Collins a hug.

The big tip at Bella Notte restaurant was the second $500 gratuity Seth Collins has left since Aaron Collins died on July 7. And the tips will keep coming, thanks to more than $47,000 in donations from people inspired by Aaron Collins’ dying act of charity.

The family didn’t even know he’d written a will when they found the document on his computer.

It had instructions on what to do with his motorcycle, his artwork and to “leave an awesome tip (and I don’t mean 25%. I mean $500 on a … pizza).”

“It was the last thing in his will, that we do this, and it kind of took me by surprise to see that, and for that reason it kind of left a mark on me,” Seth Collins said shortly after leaving giving the $500 tip to Powell earlier this month.

Aaron Collins’ death was unexpected. His brother said the family is still awaiting a final determination on the cause, but a preliminary coroner’s report said strangulation contributed to the death.

Collins set up a website after his brother’s death to collect money for the big tip.

He raised enough from family and friends for the first tip, and then Collins posted a video of the giveaway on YouTube. The video showing Collins telling a waitress at an Italian restaurant his brother’s story and handing over the cash, instantly went viral. Since it was posted in mid-July, 2 million people have watched.

Donors from around the world, many anonymous, have flooded the site.

“When I was daydreaming I thought (if we could collect) $1,500, we’ll do it three times, that would just be unbelievable to do it three times, never thought I’d get to,” Collins said. And then after he posted the first video, “suddenly I’m thinking, ‘Oh we’re going to get to do it 20 times, 40 times.'”

Powell, who received the second big tip from Collins, works three jobs and is studying at the University of Kentucky to be a teacher.

The money will help the 21-year-old student with her bills, she said.

“I haven’t even thought about it yet, I just know I’m behind on a lot of stuff,” Powell said.

Seth Collins said the family has raised nearly enough money to do once-a-week tips for two years. So far he has given three big tips, and said he plans to travel outside Lexington for the next dinner. He has been thinking of other possibilities, like leaving big tips for coffee or pizza delivery.

Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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If you would like to donate, please visit http://aaroncollins.org/

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Musician Gives Up Home to Keep Foundation for Homeless Going


DETROIT (WJBK) – By Amy Lange

“I need to know what it feels like to be hungry, cold, tired, no place to go,” Brian O’Neal said nearly two years ago.

He is a talented jazz musician turned advocate for the homeless.  He hit the snowy streets of Detroit with the clothes on his back and seven bucks to experience homelessness firsthand, probably never dreaming he might actually find himself in that situation.

O’Neal continued to compose and perform, but scaled back so he could lead the DO Foundation, his homeless advocacy organization on Woodward Avenue in Detroit where they help so many people get back on their feet like Michelle Deciantis, a client and longtime volunteer.

“There [are] homeless people that live on the streets of the City of Detroit that depend on the DO Foundation,” she said.

An all volunteer organization, they don’t rely on government grants, don’t deal with the red tape, just donations and O’Neal’s income.  It hasn’t been easy.  DO Foundation was burglarized more than once, wiped out, but still they persevered.

Times are hard.  Donations have dwindled, and O’Neal, who spent so much of his own money just to keep DO Foundation going, was faced with a very difficult decision — lose the organization or his own home.

“I would feel like a complete failure if DO Foundation were to close their doors.  I wouldn’t want to let down the people that we service.”

So he gave up his townhouse in Novi and is now living with his family at a motel.  He plans to spend the next 45 days composing and recording his new CD, which will be called “Do Something”.

“Hoping and praying … that CD takes off.  If I get at least one hit song from there, we’ll be able to open at least two other DO Foundation offices,” O’Neal said.

As for his current situation, living in a motel, O’Neal is trying not to think about it.

“We consider ourselves doers, so the more we do, the better things are for you mentally, emotionally,” he said.  “When I come into the office every day and see the clients that walk in frowning and leaving smiling, that’s all I need.  That confirms that decision.”

To learn more or donate to the DO Foundation, visit www.dofoundation.net.

Below is a link where you can go to view the video for this item.

source: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/19151401/2012/07/30/musician-gives-up-home-to-keep-do-foundation-going

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Brian O’Neal explaining plight of the homeless and the DO Foundation

A  little taste of Brian O’Neal’s music

Help Somebody


A few things that are at the top of my list of things I will never comprehend is people who are unkind to others, and, people who are selfish and do not lend a helping hand to those in need.  As I was on my way home, today, I was rushing to the corner to cross the street and catch my bus.  I noticed an older man – approximately in his mid sixties –  sitting in a wheelchair at the corner of the busy intersection. As I got closer, I heard him calling out, “Hello, hello, can someone help me?”  I realized that the groups of people who were a few feet in front of me, passed right by. I asked him, “Do you need some help?”, he replied, “Oh, please, can you help me cross the street?”  I knew the man was blind, as well, because I could see his eyes behind his shades.” I told him I would, and as we crossed the street, he said, “I knew someone had to stop sooner or later. God bless you.”  I began to seethe. How on earth could able-bodied people just walk past a disabled person in need, calling out for assistance? It  would have taken no more than one minute of their time. When we got to the corner, the man told me that he could make it from there, he just needed help crossing that particular street. We said goodbye to one another and parted ways. As I walked to my bus stop, I was still bothered and I wondered to myself, how many people had passed him by, before the groups I saw,  and how long he had been sitting there.

A similar situation happened a few months ago, when I was on a bus. A feeble, elderly man got on, and he was shaking  as he tried to hold onto the pole. Absolutely no one got up to offer their seat. I cannot even count the times I’ve seen pregnant women standing, and no one offered a seat. I could go on and on with selfish acts I’ve witnessed or heard.

It makes me so sad and disappointed when I see people being cruel or selfish when it comes to helping others in need. If you ever think of passing by or disregarding someone in need, just remember.

“There but for the grace of God go I.”

One day, you could be that person. If it’s in your power to do so –  please….HELP SOMEBODY.

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There’s a moving inner peace that I love to see
Gotta raise my soul to tell you how I feel
Gotta listen to the tears that people cry for me
In a world that’s so wild fear creeps

‘Cause when I get up to hear you tears just fill my eyes
Now I know I got to let the selfishness subside
Tell ‘em y’all

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ‘em know

If you see the future ask it if I’m there
Ask it if I’m there

Ask it to tell you did I ever make a stand
Ask if you may care to mention, did I learn from everything?
And even if it takes a sea of eternity to know
I’ll wait a century, a buried mess of bones, help me

Help me to give myself the way that you’ve given you
Help me to be the helping hand that makes a dream come true
Choir sing

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ‘em know

If I’m there, tell me if I’m there
Do you see me there?

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ‘em know

If you see the future ask it if I’m there
Ask it if I’m there

Help Somebody


written by: Maxwell

There’s a moving inner peace that I love to see
Gotta raise my soul to tell you how I feel
Gotta listen to the tears that people cry for me
In a world that’s so wild fear creeps

‘Cause when I get up to hear you tears just fill my eyes
Now I know I got to let the selfishness subside
Tell ’em y’all

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ’em know

If you see the future ask it if I’m there
Ask it if I’m there

Ask it to tell you did I ever make a stand
Ask if you may care to mention, did I learn from everything?
And even if it takes a sea of eternity to know
I’ll wait a century, a buried mess of bones, help me

Help me to give myself the way that you’ve given you
Help me to be the helping hand that makes a dream come true
Choir sing

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ’em know

If I’m there, tell me if I’m there
Do you see me there?

Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, give a little bit more
Help somebody, help somebody
Show them what it is, let ’em know

If you see the future ask it if I’m there
Ask it if I’m there