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A young woman shows Vietnam vet she appreciated his military servic

A young woman shows Vietnam vet she appreciated his military servic | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

As a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, I have always been proud to serve my country and my corps

I have never let myself think that my country owed me anything for my service. I did my time with honors, got out, started a family, worked until retirement and continue to do community services by participating in military funerals for our deceased veterans..


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Rockies encourage random acts of kindness

Rockies encourage random acts of kindness | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

Random acts of kindness seem few and far between these days. The Colorado Rockies want to change that.

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Ducklings rescued after falling through storm drain

Ducklings rescued after falling through storm drain | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
PITTSFIELD, Mass.-- As Rebecca Besaw and her daughter, Riley Kincaid, were driving through a shopping center   Monday afternoon, they noticed a duck and a half-dozen ducklings walking along the...
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The most passionate teen, ever?

The most passionate teen, ever? | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Jenna Lizerbram and her brother founded YouthJamz to help underprivileged children.
Bob's insight:

Music brings out the Best for Kids of All ages

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Dodgers' Kemp makes cancer-stricken fan's day

Dodgers' Kemp makes cancer-stricken fan's day | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp became an Internet sensation after an impromptu gesture he made toward a cancer-stricken Dodgers fan attending a game at San Francisco's AT&T Park.
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Lessons in kindness

Lessons in kindness | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
My son and I were returning home from errands late in the evening with my son, barely into his third... - Random Acts of Kindness - Winnipeg Free Press.
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Hero with a $20,000 heart: Walmart worker honored for returning cash left in cart

Hero with a $20,000 heart: Walmart worker honored for returning cash left in cart | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
An upbeat immigrant from Ghana, known for his cheerful helping of customers at the Walmart in Federal Way, is being honored by the retail giant for his quick work in returning an envelope stuffed with cash to the customers who had accidentally...
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Harmony High students learn how charity can make a difference

Harmony High students learn how charity can make a difference | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

Pat Filippone is in the business of raising money in her role as executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Osceola County  But on Thursday, business gave way to emotion as she thanked a group of high school students for choosing Habitat as the recipient of a $1,200 grant. 


The students are members of a new program at Harmony High School that's teaching kids how to make a difference through charitable giving.

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Exposures: I Care: Collecting shoes for Sacramento soles -

Exposures: I Care:  Collecting shoes for Sacramento soles - | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Christina Preston chirps cheerful greetings to employees at Girl Scouts Heart of Central California as she navigates a large box of donated shoes to her car. She is the founder...
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The impact of kindness

The impact of kindness | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
I hope in some small way I am paying it forward with my foundation, but nothing will ever have the impact of a one-to-one act of kindness.
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‘The Waiting Room’: a day in the life of an Oakland ER

‘The Waiting Room’: a day in the life of an Oakland ER | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A review of “The Waiting Room,” a documentary that chronicles a day in the life of an Oakland, Calif., emergency room.
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Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts making efforts to reach out to youths with disabilities

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts making efforts to reach out to youths with disabilities | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

In recent years, the regional councils for both organizations have made special efforts to reach out to young people with disabilities to make sure they know they are welcome, that activities can be adapted or modified as needed, and that all leaders are ready to be inclusive.


The intent is "not just to include Scouts with disabilities, but to advance them through the ranks.


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Exposures: I Care: Healing through play - sacbee.com

Exposures: I Care: Healing through play - sacbee.com | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Cheerful music plays softly in the background of the sunny playroom at Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento.
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Kindness that'll restore your faith in humanity

Kindness that'll restore your faith in humanity | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
  • Caroline, then 25 and a mother of two, had undergone routine surgery
  • During the operation, surgeons spotted a dangerous-looking growth
  • After a terrifying night, one hospital nurse cared for Caroline the next day
  • Caroline is now is nominating nurse Gemma for the Daily Mail Health Hero awards
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Picnic in the Park kicks off 15th year of feeding hungry kids | Local News | Idahostatesman.com

Picnic in the Park kicks off 15th year of feeding hungry kids | Local News | Idahostatesman.com | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
More than 60,000 lunches will be served in the city parks this summer, Foodbank officials estimate.
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Acts of kindness

As a society, we have become inundated with bad news – children being shot, young soldiers going away and not returning home, corrupt politicians just...
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Sacramento State volunteers help make paralyzed woman's Davis house wheelchair accessible - The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento State volunteers help make paralyzed woman's Davis house wheelchair accessible - The Sacramento Bee | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A few years ago, disability rights advocate Sara Granda approached city officials in Davis with the idea of creating a grant program to help the town's disabled and elderly residents modify their houses to allow wheelchair accessibility.
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‘Suspended coffee’ comes to Seattle

‘Suspended coffee’ comes to Seattle | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Brother, can you spare a dime (or a few dollars) for a cup of coffee? Even if you don’t know exactly who will drink it in the end?
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Sacramento homeless fair kicks off amid planning for cabin community - The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento homeless fair kicks off amid planning for cabin community - The Sacramento Bee | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
The Safe Ground Stake Down homeless fair is the latest development in the four-year evolution of Sacramento's Safe Ground movement, whose goal is to provide safe temporary shelter for Sacramento's estimated 1,000 homeless people.
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Woman thanks Chili's for fixing 'broken' cheeseburger

Woman thanks Chili's for fixing 'broken' cheeseburger | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A woman from Utah took to Facebook to thank the employees at a popular restaurant chain for the kindness they showed to her 7-year-old sister.
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Continuing Kindness: Teen Bringing Clean Water to Haiti - Patch.com

Continuing Kindness: Teen Bringing Clean Water to Haiti - Patch.com | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it

A year after collecting more than 2,000 pairs of shoes and raising more than $4,000 for an orphanage in La Gonave, Haiti, Merrimack High School junior Hannah Vaccaro is busying herself again with a new project.

Timothy Utton's insight:

It is incredible to see a teenager take so much initiative to help this community in Haiti. 

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Free child care to open at Providence Portland Medical Center

Free child care to open at Providence Portland Medical Center | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
A new free child care center is opening soon at Providence Portland Medical Center, a project of local nonprofits.
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About

About | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
The idea of a "kindness movement" is certainly not a new one. Google the word kindness and you're sure to get a zillion hits and sites all about kindness, paying it forward and ideas for random act...
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Through parents' unusual effort, special-needs friends maintain lifelong friendship

Through parents' unusual effort, special-needs friends maintain lifelong friendship | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
For 25 years, a group of a dozen or so friends -- all with developmental disabilities -- have maintained a friendship stronger and more long-lasting than many middle-aged people can claim. They have their parents to thank for it.
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Cagle: A smile, kind word can ease emotional turbulence

Cagle: A smile, kind word can ease emotional turbulence | Encouraging Stories | Scoop.it
Cagle: A smile, kind word can ease emotional turbulence,Rhonda Cagle shares how her experiences traveling have reminded her how people hold on to emotional baggage.
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