It isn’t every day an act of kindness makes a lasting impact. Thanks to a stranger, you might witness the birth of your child or reunite with a lost pet. Or if you’re 12-year-old refugee Mohammed Khaled, you’ll enjoy getting into shape. Gym owner Engin Dogan offered the shoeshiner a lifetime membership, in the hopes of inspiring others to pay it forward.
“A boy, looking through the gym window, wearing slippers in the middle of winter and carrying his backpack.
“Our aim was to find him and offer him a lifetime membership here. And, we did it.” [said Dogan.]
With over 3.3 million Syrian refugees taking shelter in Turkey, a simple favor goes a long way. Since going viral on social media, Khaled has finally begun training with his unexpected saviors.
“He found me and helped me,“ Khaled said.
“I had always dreamed of losing weight and now I believe I can do that by working out.”
Many Turkish establishments are famed for their ground-up histories. It’s no wonder their hardworking citizens look out for one another — even for those who are different.
Too often, we underestimate the giving nature of children. But kids like Jayden Perez, who ran a toy drive for Puerto Rican youths, are what give Generation Z a good rep. Continuing the streak is 9-year-old Mikah Frye, who gave up his Xbox One to purchase blankets for the homeless.
“He knew what it was like to not have a blanket at night and have to give it back,” said his grandmother, Terry Brant. “So the first thing he wanted to do is give a blanket that they could keep.”
Clearly, it was firsthand experience that encouraged Mikah to donate blankets (60 of them) to the needy. Moved by the gesture, tech giant Microsoft made a donation of their own — to Mikah. The generous preteen scored a brand new Xbox, and deservedly so.
“It’s just amazing, it’s a blessing, Mikah is a blessing to our family and we thank you very much,” said Brant.
Giving back is never about the rewards that come in return. But this one sure is swanky!
Weddings are, more often than not, an expression of perpetual love between two people. Occasionally, love goes beyond just the couple. While two newlyweds were hosting a zero-waste reception, another two postponed their special day to help hurricane victims. Just last weekend, a Canadian groom — suit and all — rescued a little boy drowning in a nearby river.
“For several minutes these kids were following us, and I was just keeping an eye on them because they were standing close to the water,” [said groom Clayton Cook] “Then while Brittany was getting her solo shots taken I realized only two were standing on the rock ledge. I saw the boy in the water struggling to keep his head up. That’s when I jumped down.”
Way to be a well-dressed hero. The Cooks’ wedding photographer captured the valorous moment and the snapshot has, of course, gone viral.
“We’d like to think most people would probably make the same choice,” [said Brittany.]
“That’s Clay to me… It’s something he would just instinctively do.”
Perhaps Clayton’s quick thinking and selfless spirit is the reason Brittany is head-over-heels for her groom.