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!
Hardly is it the case that sheer fate can turn a person’s life around. But after a rare thrift store find sent two high school students to university, it seemed no one was taking any chances. California native Loren Krytzer struck gold when he auctioned an heirloom blanket for $1.5 million.
“It was just hard to grasp,” [Krytzer] says. “I mean, I worked hard my whole life. I was in construction, I never bought anything, I never saved, I always rented. I bought used cars cause that’s all I could afford. I lived paycheck to paycheck my whole life.”
The former carpenter and amputee was living on $200 a month with the help of disability funding. Krytzer only realized the blanket’s worth after stumbling upon a television special featuring variations of the item. With the help of auctioneer Jeff Moran, Krytzer saw to it that his bank account would receive a healthy refill.
“I firmly believe I’m here because years ago I turned my life around,” he says. “The things I’ve been through, I tell people it’s a strong faith and a strong mind. Without those things you’re not going to make it.”
Don’t get me wrong–hard work still remains the true catalyst of success. But a little bit of luck does taste pretty sweet.
The holidays are nearing, and the charitable cheer is just about to pick up speed. Celebrity chef José Andrés is Puerto Rico’s very own Santa Claus, whipping up meals for thousands of flood victims. For shelter animals across the U.S., Christmas is coming early, thanks to Petsmart’s donation of 30 million meals. Also sharing the love is NFL player Chris Long, who pledged all his season checks to education groups.
“In my 10th year, I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I’ve had to play football by giving back to the communities that have given me that gift,” Long said in a statement.
His $1 million salary will go to groups and scholarship funds in various states. In a society influenced by hate culture, proper education is vital for change.
“Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.”
Long has stood alongside teammates to protest racial inequality and police brutality. He has since launched the “Pledge 10 For Tomorrow” campaign to aid underprivileged children.