Credit: Rebekka GarvisonATLANTA — Two strangers formed an incredible bond while on a 6 a.m. flight from Chicago to Atlanta.Rebekka Garvison, a new mother, was on the flight early Thursday morning to visit her husband, an active-duty Army firefighter stationed in Alabama. Also on the flight was the couple’s 4-month-old girl.Rylee remained “calm” and “delightful” right up until Garvison boarded the plane and no one stepped in to help as Garvison boarded the plane with a crying baby while juggling her bags, a stroller and a car seat.”I could tell as soon as they (passengers) saw me coming their way, they were not thrilled,” Garvison told MLive.
“We sat down and she started crying, and I was trying to get her bottle out of the bag.”Unable to calm the baby while sitting in her original seat, Garvison opted to move to two empty seats a few rows ahead of her. Also sitting on that row was Nyfesha Miller.Miller, a frequent traveler, was settled into her neck pillow and ready for a nap. However, when Miller heard Rylee’s cries, she offered to help.”Do you mind if I try?” Miller asked Garvison.Miller then held Rylee near the window and she quickly relaxed and stopped crying. Minutes later, Rylee was asleep in Miller’s arms.The two women chatted during the flight and quickly struck a bond. After the plane landed, Miller helped Garvison with Rylee and all the baby gear. The two women then went their separate ways — Miller went to Florida and Garvison headed to Alabama.
Jaxon, a 2-year-old who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, had been playing in his toy car, when his mom, Ashley Crawford, decided to call in the cops, hailing an officer from a nearby fender-bender for a photo op.
“I thought, ‘How cute would it be if I got a picture of Jaxon pulled over?’” Crawford recalled to Yahoo. “I waited for [the officer] to finish up with his incident report and asked him if he wouldn’t mind turning the lights on and pulling Jaxon over.”
Sure enough, Jaxon dutifully pulled his red Little Tikes car over to the side of the road. Whereas any adult rues the day they’re pulled over, the toddler — despite having no license, registration or working lights — had a great time, his mom said.
Crawford told WHAS Jaxon very much enjoyed the interaction, and she has the photos to prove it. In one of the pictures, the toddler (pacifier in mouth) even gives the long arm of the law a high-five.
A Minnesota Dairy Queen manager is getting widespread kudos for an act of kindness that required giving one customer the deep freeze treatment after some questionable behavior.
Joey Prusak had just finished serving one of his regular customers when the visually impaired man unknowingly dropped a $20 bill from his pocket. A woman in line behind him quickly picked up the money – and then put it in her purse.
“She picked it up so quickly that I thought she was going to give it back but she just stood there and waited,” Prusak told TODAY.com. “I was extremely confused when she let the man walk by. She just stood there and put it in her purse and I was like, ‘Really?’
Prusak, 19, said the experience left him feeling “violated.” After taking a few seconds to compose himself, he politely asked the woman to give the money back. The woman refused, insisting the money was hers. Prusak asked her again but got the same response.
That’s when Prusak asked the woman to leave.
“She made a big scene, but I told her I couldn’t serve her, so she stormed out,” he said.
“Everyone that was in the store at the time was kind of in shock. They just looked at each other like, ‘did that really happen?’ and kept to ourselves,” he said.
Not everyone. One of the customers who witnessed the scene wrote about it in a letter to Prusak’s boss, commending the employee for his composure and especially for what he did once the woman left.
“Your employee approached the man and took out his wallet and said, ‘Sir, on behalf of the Dairy Queen, I would like to give you the $20 you dropped on the ground as you walked away from the counter,” according to the letter, which was sent by an anonymous writer.
The customer sent the note to the owner of the store where Prusak has worked for the past five years, since he was 14. The store owner printed out the note, which was soon posted by a co-worker on his Facebook page. Eventually, the message made its way around the Internet and got picked up on Reddit.
Prusak, who is studying business management at the local community college, is taking all the attention in modest stride. He said the store’s owner has called the international Dairy Queen office, hoping executives there will reward Prusak, who races cars as a hobby, by sponsoring a NASCAR vehicle he wants to buy. “I didn’t expect it to go anywhere. I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell my boss. I didn’t even tell my own parents,” he said. “A lot of people are saying ‘thank you’ for what I did. Just telling me that means a lot.”
When Jacen Troxell was just 4 years old, he made a profound wish “that police officers would not get killed” as part of a kindergarten class assignment. Unfortunately, his wish hasn’t come true yet.
But Jacen, whose father is a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), is doing everything he can to make his hope for police safety a reality, WTHR News reported. Using a GoFundMe page, the now-8-year-old has helped raise more than $11,500 to buy bulletproof plates that combine with vests to protect IMPD officers. The plates, which can cost several hundred dollars a piece, can ensure safety against high-power rifle fire — something a bulletproof vest alone cannot reliably do.
A video of Jacen’s reaction when his fundraising goal of $10,000 was passed has been posted by his mother on the GoFundMe page:
Jacen, along with his 5-year-old brother, Ben, were moved to act after one of their father’s coworkers, IMPD Officer Perry Renn, was killed by gunfire earlier this month.
Officials in Indiana’s capital are concerned about an upward trend in criminal activity the city has been experiencing. As a graph in the Indianapolis Star reflected in April, Indianapolis’ criminal homicide rate had fallen between 2006 and 2010, but has since reversed its progression. The Christian Science Monitor reported in May that the city is on pace to have its worst year regarding gun violence since 1998.
Jacen’s attempt to curb the violence and protect officers is a welcomed gesture in a city looking for positive change. One commenter on the GoFundMe page told Jacen’s mother it “is amazing what your son is doing,” while 168 donations have poured in (as of Friday afternoon) in less than a week.
To donate to Jacen’s cause helping protect police officers in Indianapolis, visit his GoFundMe page.
— Cicero (Marcus Tullius), Roman orator, philosopher and statesman (106-43 B.C.)
and they didn’t even have TV or internet back then!
via Run Towards Not From.
‘Lunch angel’ pays kids’ overdue accounts at elementary school.
Danika Fears, TODAY contributor.
As a tutor and mentor at Valley Oaks Elementary School in Houston for over 10 years, Kenny Thompson has taken pride in helping out kids. So on Monday, when he found out that over 60 students at his school were eating cold sandwiches for lunch because of overdue funds on their accounts, he decided to pay off the negative balance. All $465 of it.
“It was the best money I ever spent,” Thompson, 52, told TODAY.com. “It was the best gift I ever gave myself. I went into my car and screamed.”
He didn’t realize how widespread the lunch account problem was until he learned that a Utah school had thrown away the lunches of students with negative balances at the end of January. That’s when he decided to look into the issue in his own community.
He found out that some students whose parents hadn’t paid were eating cold cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, instead of hot, hearty fare. And others avoided the lunch line altogether, preferring not to eat rather than face the embarrassment of not being able to afford the same lunch in front of their peers. Many of these students were already on reduced lunch, which costs just 40 cents a day.
In Atlanta snow storm, it’s social media to the rescue
Crowdsourcing map was key to success, one Facebook page volunteer says.20 3009 302 4069
In Atlanta snow storm, it’s social media to the rescue
By Marcus K. Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As Winter Storm “Leon” 2014 worsened Tuesday evening, a Marietta woman reached out over the social media vines to help stranded motorists, and enable others to help.
Nearly 50,000 people are following Michelle Sollicito’s “SnowedOutAtlanta” Facebook page.
And the social network Sollicito created, which got so big overnight that it had to be splintered into regional pages, is winning applauds from across metro Atlanta.
“You’re saving lives every minute the clock strikes,” Atlantan Nya Bishop said of Sollicito this morning on Sollicito’s personal Facebook page.
“She has done more for our city than any official,” Scott Wise of Marietta said.