NFL Quarterback Pledges Salary To Cafeteria Employees

People like Bill Gates have no problem sliding part of their paychecks into the hands of lucky staff members. The Microsoft CEO, among others, has made a generous difference in the lives of others. For rookie NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson, his first paycheck was a milestone. However, the selfless athlete decided to donate the $27,353 to three cafeteria ladies working at the NRG stadium.

“For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way,”

The three lucky ladies were working to support family members who had been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The ribbon-wrapped envelopes were, undoubtedly, their very own glimmer of hope.

“Hopefully, that’s good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help.”

The heartfelt video of the emotional moment has since gone viral, and I can tell you now that tissues are essential!

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Terminally Ill Mechanic Repairs Bikes For Kids

There are people who live not for themselves, but for others. One such person is the serial tree-planter from Bangladesh. Another is terminally ill mechanic Bob Charland, who repairs bicycles for children. Charland suffers from a degenerative brain disease.

“When I was a kid, a bike was everything. And the only video game we had was Pac-Man. Now we see kids inside, not being active, watching all this violence. If I can go into poor neighborhood[s] and get the kids outside and active, this is going to improve their life, really help their self-esteem,”

In just five months, Charland has repaired 300 bikes. He calls his project Pedal Thru Youth, inspired by his own daughter, whom he raised as a single parent. Charland has since assembled bikes for homeless shelters and local schools, touching the hearts of everyone involved.

“His efforts are very inspirational to a lot of people. You really don’t realize it — that he’s sick. He just doesn’t stop — he pushes through night after night, day after day, whether he feels good or not. He’s really uplifting and great to be around.”

The entire community has proven to be avid Charland fans, donating space for him to work. Unsurprisingly, he was also honored by the National Department of Public Works. Thanks for the inspiration, Bob!

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Shelter Dogs Gifted Comfy Armchairs

Three months in, 2018 has truly been proving itself the year of the dog. While blockbuster hit Black Panther has drained shelters of its midnight cats, dog advocates are getting downright creative. On account of Tinder and the magic of Harry Potter, more and more pups are striking gold with forever homes. Still, not every shelter tenant gets lucky. Looking to keep their waitlisted canines comfortable, the Knox County Humane Society is taking in donated armchairs.

“Our purpose is to keep the shelter pups off the cold floor,” [said] animal control officer Tanner Smith.

Naturally, kennels aren’t the most happening of places, but comfy couches tend to ease stress. Volunteers first disinfect the chairs before one of 80 pups calls dibs.

“It has made the shelter pups feel more at home,” he explained. “We have noticed a huge drop in stress here as well as quieter kennels.”

I’m all about adopting, but shopping may not be out of the picture — for armchairs anyway.

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Bill Gates Pledges $100 Million To Alzheimer’s Research

If anyone can advance universal healthcare by means of a check, it’s Bill Gates. Following up a $4.6 billion donation to undisclosed charities, the Microsoft CEO pledged $100 million to the fight against Alzheimer’s.

“I know how awful it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity, and there is nothing you can do about it,” [Gates] wrote. “It feels a lot like you’re experiencing a gradual death of the person that you knew.”

Gates’ contribution will support both mainstream and experimental research. With roughly 5 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. alone, the donation can at least stunt the growing number.

“This is a frontier where we can dramatically improve human life,” Mr. Gates wrote. “It’s a miracle that people are living so much longer, but longer life expectancies alone are not enough. People should be able to enjoy their later years — and we need a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s to fulfill that.”

While $100 million may be a drop in the ocean of the Alzheimer’s Association’s $259 billion annual spend, Gates has proven to us time and again that every effort counts.

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4-Year-Old Donates Allowance To Cop With Cancer

Let’s be real — the notion that our children know nothing about the value of money is a myth. Kids across the nation have donated their savings to disaster victims and the deaf community, among other groups. Next to climb on board the donation train is Sidney Fahrenbruch. The 4-year-old pledged her entire piggy bank to help a policeman with cancer.

“It all started about two years ago when she saw an officer directing traffic. It was hot outside and she said, ‘He looks thirsty; he needs water,’ and she brought him a bottle of water,’” [said Sidney’s mother Megan.]

Sidney, an avid fan of the Longmont Police Department, donated $9 to Officer Kyle Zulauf. The army vet was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. A regular at the precinct delivering cookies and candies, Sidney has surely done her mother proud.

“It feels good that she’s so giving. She wanted to save the money for a toy but decided someone needed it more than her,” said Fahrenbruch.

 When Barbies and Nerf guns are all the craze at age 4, I can say with certainty that Sidney is doing pretty darn well.
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Brighten Up The Future For Underprivileged Kids

They say the future is millennial, with a touch of Gen Z. With teens making headlines for diagnosing eye diseases and generating clean energy via passing traffic, I wouldn’t doubt it for a second. Still, where tomorrow looks bright for some, the sun has set on others. Despite a constantly advancing society, poverty often plagues potential, and a lack of opportunities for young minds persists. All the same, there is an abundance of ways to help underprivileged kids get hold of the opportunities they deserve.

For young professionals on the go, donating in cash or kind is a perfectly safe and practical option. While necessities such as clothing and food are useful options to circulate within youth groups, most prefer monetary pledges. This is because shelters can break down a budget to its greatest efficiency as they are familiar with their tenants’ needs. Regardless, materials such as school supplies and other equipment are welcome all year-round.

Instead of dedicating your weekends to B-movies on Netflix, lend your skills to an organization of your choice. As with most volunteer programs, schedules are flexible — so why not use your downtime to bring smiles to kids who need it? In place of an academic education, you can teach dozens of juveniles the handy art of stitching, or perhaps toy-building. You never know when brightening your impromptu students’ day with a lesson in programming can set passions on fire.

If fitness gets you going, coaching a sport may be just your caliber. The goal isn’t to craft the next LeBron James or Cristiano Ronaldo, but to mold team players. Game mechanics aren’t the simplest of things, but your trainees may walk away with a brand-new life skill. And anyway, what ten-year-old isn’t a fan of running wild with a ball or racket in hand?

Be that as it may, crawling through the mud isn’t everyone’s forte. For avid literature geeks or voracious art enthusiasts, take your kids on a field trip. Museums may not be every second-grader’s cup of tea, but a planetarium or dino-exhibit may just be up their alley. On the plus side, they’ll learn a thing or two. Being able to name a prehistoric animal other than a T-Rex usually earn plus points in a classroom setting.

Taking part in a youth group often makes bonds with certain children inevitable. You may be keen on the pigtailed girl with the square glasses or buck-toothed boy who can’t quit rambling about Pokemon. Your undeniable connection with a bright-eyed mass of unrestrained energy might inspire you to sponsor a child. By all means, it’s life-changing. The possibilities? Limitless. And the best part is being able to visit and stay in touch with your surrogate sibling.

Kids are the building blocks of what lies ahead and it’s us older siblings who have the tools to guarantee it. If you’re an only child, it’s the perfect opportunity to bring someone into the picture. If you aren’t? The more the merrier.

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Dolly Parton Donates 100 Millionth Children’s Book

For the digital generation, printed novels are a thing of the past. While comics and classics alike are making their way into Kindles, Gen X’s are doing what they can to keep them old school. As an increasing number of libraries are scrapping fees, country superstar Dolly Parton is busy donating books. In fact, she just pledged her 100 millionth to children in need.

“I never thought about being ‘the book lady,’ ” [Parton] joked… “The painted lady, yes, the overexaggerated lady. That goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Founder of the nonprofit Imagination Library, Parton sends families a book a month. The songbird is donating up to a million books a month, and hit a milestone at the Library of Congress. Parton, clearly a daddy’s girl, has dedicated the selfless act to her late father.

“Of all the things I’ve done in my life — and it’s been a lot because I’ve been around — this is the most precious,” she said. “Maybe we’ll be back for a billion.”

Looks like a brand-new record isn’t the only thing going platinum this year!

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Officer Donates Motorized Recliner To War Veteran

Despite their heroism, veterans of war don’t always retire comfortably. But for a select few, luck was just around the corner. While some were able to kickstart their careers with a hefty donation, others received a hero’s burial. For senior vet Ron Barwick, help was walking along the street — and donating a brand-new recliner.

“I posted something on Facebook, just to some family and friends at like 5 in the morning on Monday, and within an hour, 6:00 we had over a dozen people that had stood up and responded to the needs of a fellow man,” said Officer [Jordan] Gaiche.

In a speedy 36 hours, Gaiche had raised enough money to purchase Barwick a new motorized recliner. For the Vietnam warhorse, it was a treat, as back problems made beds a lingering nightmare.

“I think the real heroes are a man that served his country, a neighbor, I think that neighbor’s a hero. And 21 people that gave money I think they’re the heroes in this,” said Officer Gaiche.

Some may look more like heroes than others — but the job is totally up for grabs, no matter who you are.

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Pepsi Debuts Ingenious Reusable Bottle

There’s a lot you can do with a plastic bottle. Turn it into an electricity-free lamp or, if you have enough of it, a piece of furniture. Now that sea levels are rising at unstoppable rates, Pepsi is taking sustainability to heart. The beverage manufacturer is debuting the Drinkfinity pod system, a 20-ounce reusable water bottle.

The pods themselves, which feature two compartments—one for liquid flavoring and one for dry ingredients like chia seeds—are made with 65 percent less plastic than a standard 20-ounce bottle.

Four varieties of flavorful pods aim to replace caffeine and sweet tea, and boast vitamin and electrolyte benefits. Talk about an all-in-one sports drink. At $20 a bottle and $5 for a pack of pods, Pepsi isn’t hogging all the cash delights.

To round out a drink tailor made for the present day and age, PepsiCo will donate $1 from each purchase made in 2018 to Water.org (mitigating the product’s potential success, the company has capped their contribution at $100,000).

Gatorade for a cause? I’m all in!

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L.A. Parking Meter Collects Charity Donations

Charity vending machines in Nottingham and Salt Lake are indubitably the beginning of a giving revolution. Now that consumers can donate food, clothing, and even cattle with the push of a button, the trend is taking flight in various other forms. Plagued by homelessness, Los Angeles is giving back to its transients via charity meters.

All six of the meters will be located in Downtown Los Angeles, and revenue will go toward the Skid Row-based C3 program, a cooperation between the city, county, and local service providers that provides outreach to homeless residents and helps them find housing.

Sure, parking meters aren’t a particularly welcoming machine, but the principle behind these ones is. Alongside cash donations, sponsors will also generate as much as $3,500 a year.

The meters look similar to ones already up-and-running in Pasadena: virtually identical to a run-of-the-mill parking meter, but colored bright orange and set back from the street to avoid confusion about their purpose. Donations can be made using both coins and credit cards.

The machines, sporting a bright yellow smiling emoji help donors avoid panhandling. With four more yet to rise across the city, hopefully other states catch onto the meter fever.

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