The Good News February, 2020

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5-Year-Old Pays Off Lunch Debt For 123 Students By Selling Hot Cocoa And Cookies

A 5-year-old student at Breeze Hill Elementary School in Southern California came to the rescue of her fellow students when she learned some had trouble paying for lunch.

Katelynn Hardee was confused after overhearing a parent say she was having difficulty paying for an after school program.

“She started asking me a lot of questions and I just tried to explain to her that sometimes people aren’t as fortunate and that we need to try to be kind and give when we can,” Karina Hardee, Katelynn’s mom, told CNN.

So, Katelynn set up a hot cocoa and cookies stand to raise money for her less fortunate classmates.

She raised $80 which paid off the negative lunch balances of 123 students at her school.

“Everybody is just so proud and happy and other students are already talking about ways they can also make a difference,” said Breeze Hill Principal Lori Higley. “It goes to show that even one small, kind act from a 5-year-old can mean the difference for someone in their life.”

Katelynn’s next goal is to raise enough money to pay off all the negative lunch balances in the district.


Man Who Once Spent Christmas Without Gas Paid Off The Dues For 36 Families At Risk Of Losing Power

 

A man Gulf Breeze, Florida, paid the utility bills for 36 families who were at risk for having their power shut off this holiday season.

When Michael Esmond received his most recent utility bill, his mind went straight to the 80s when he was struggling to make ends meet.

So, he found out who in his Gulf Breeze community was at risk of having their utilities disconnected and paid their bill.

“Back in the 80s I actually lived that,” said Esmond. “I experienced a time where I had trouble paying bills. And we actually had the gas disconnected. It happened to be one of the coldest winters in history.”

Esmond spent $4,600 to give his neighbors “a happier Christmas and take a little bit of stress out.”

“It made me cry. It made me cry,” Joanne Oliver, Gulf Breeze’s utility billing supervisor, told WEAR. “For someone like him, a veteran to come in and do some grand gesture. It was heartfelt for me.”

Instead of warnings, the 36 families received holiday cards from the city.

 


Man Gives His First Class Seat To 88-Year-Old Woman, Makes Her Dream Come True

A Virgin Atlantic flight attendant shared the heartwarming story of her new “favorite passengers” on a recent flight from New York to London.

Leah Amy, a Manchester-based flight attendant, took to Facebook to write about her encounter with Jack and Violet.

“Of the hundreds of flights I’ve operated, I’ve had the pleasure of looking after footballers, supermodels and some Hollywood movie stars but let me tell you about my two favourite passengers EVER!

Jack and Violet (I wish she was called Vera or Rose).

Jack and his family purchased seats In our upper class cabin for a flight home from New York, but when he got onboard, Jack went and found violet in economy and swapped seats with her.

He then sat on the row of seats directly next to the economy toilets and never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight. No fuss, no attention, literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart, no one asked him too.

Violet is 88 years old, has been a nurse in both the UK and over in America. She travels to New York to see her daughter, but hasn’t been able to for a while because of a knee replacement. Her dream has always been to sit at the front, and Jack made that come true.

You should of seen her face, when I tucked her in her bed after supper. She said her daughter won’t believe her, and wanted a ‘selfie’ to prove it, but didn’t have a phone or an email address. These photos are getting sent in the post tomorrow, can you even cope.”

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