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At age 95, the nation’s oldest postal worker is ready to call it quits. Chester Arthur Reed is walking away from his job as a mail handler and forklift operator in California. Now, he wants to see the world.
The donations started after a website was set up in his honour calling for gestures of gratitude for what is seen as an extraordinary act of honesty.
So far the equivalent of $14,580 has been donated, according to the site.
Santiago Gori, a taxi driver in the coastal city of La Plata, found the money after driving an elderly couple.
They only went a short distance but when he dropped them off, they left a bag in the back of his taxi.
A few days later he managed to locate his passengers again and he returned the bag.
For Argentines used to corruption at all levels of society, this was an extraordinary story.
Two young advertising agency employees decided to set up a website to thank Mr Gori further for his exemplary behaviour.
Now thousands of people have accessed the site and have left hundreds of rewards and messages for Mr Gori.
One visitor offered to produce in his studio a song chosen by Mr Gori to kick-start a potential artistic career.
Another offered a snow-boarding lesson in Argentina’s ski resort of Bariloche, while an Argentine abroad promised to bring back a second-hand GPS satellite receiver for his taxi on his return.
“Thank you”, say many of the messages and one said it all: “I wish more people were like you.”
For his part, Mr Gori seems a bit bemused.
He said he only did what had to be done – and that he does not quite know what to do with all the things he has been offered.
Read more: Honest taxi driver reaps rewards
Fran & Marlo Cowan (married 62 years) playing impromptu recital together in the atrium of the Mayo Clinic. He’ll be 90 in February.
Here is a library worker who is older than many of the books on the shelves but she says her elementary students keep her young at heart.
Arlene Greene turns 82 this summer and she credits the kids at Wengert Elementary for her new lease on life. “When I first came here to Nevada I was sitting around, doing reading, watching T.V. and I was slowly dying and my daughter said, mom, ‘you are going to die like this. You’ve got to volunteer.’”
Greene now volunteers five days a week. Wengert’s principal, Suhaila Mustafa, says, ”She is very sweet, very kind to them.’ Mustafa says Greene resembles grandma and provides a family atmosphere.
Greene is no push over, though, and the kids know it. A book overdue is a book overdue. And she is a stickler when it comes to saying “please and thank you.”
Greene says, “I would encourage everybody who doesn’t know what to do with themselves, who have nothing, their children have married or gone away, jump into a school. Volunteer and work with the kids. It’s like living all over again.”
Read more and watch this story: Cool at School: Young at Heart
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Here is one of my stories!
One full year after a tornado ripped the Strawberry Mobile Home Park apart, many residents are amazingly still trying to pick up the pieces.
Earlier this week, we introduced you to an elderly lady who still couldn’t afford to have a damaged tree removed that threatened to fall on her trailer. But, a News 2 viewer jumped to action to extend a Problem Solver Helping Hand.
Van Atkins, the owner of Van’s Tree Service, was so moved by the plight of Bergetta Driggers that he came to her rescue.
Early this morning he and his crew removed the damaged tree and stump. Not only were they unsightly, but the tree could have easily killed Driggers if it fell on her trailer.
She said it’s been an unbelievably hard year and she is surprised someone cared enough about her to help.
The services totaled to around $800 and Driggers says she simply would not have been able to afford such an expense
Watch this story: Helping Hand: Strawberry Mobile Home Park Tornado
When a mail carrier realized an 80-year-old woman was inside a burning house, she didn’t hesitate to rush inside to help.
“It was something instinctive,” Jackie Jefferson said. “I wasn’t thinking. I puffed up my nerves and did it. I can’t believe it happened.”
Jefferson’s actions got the wheelchair-bound woman out of her . Then, true to her postal duties, Jefferson resumed walking her mail delivery route.
Jefferson was gone by the time Indianapolis firefighters arrived. She didn’t return until well after the fire was out and the woman she had rescued had been taken to Methodist Hospital.
Jefferson, 36, has been delivering mail only a few months. Based out of the Brightwood branch post office, she’s been filling in on others’ delivery routes.
I ran over to the house, and the lady is usually in the living room,” said Jefferson. “I grabbed ahold of the wheelchair and tried to push her as far as I could.” She got the woman out of the burning house.
“And then the flames started to come out of the door,” Jefferson said. “I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time.”
Darryl and Dan Culberson were cheapskates before it was cool. And they can prove it.
The two brothers have been exchanging the same birthday card since 1973.
Every January, Darryl drops it in the mail heading to Dan’s home outside Boulder. And a few months later, the card makes its way back to Colorado Springs for Darryl’s March 7 birthday.
The yellowed card is covered with pithy greetings that are now snaking down the back cover. Its fraying edges are held together by tape and the stubbornness of two brothers.
Darryl, 62, insists that his older brother, 68, is “the cheapest person I’ve ever met,” and he’s not far behind.
That’s what inspired him to buy the card the year they decided to stop exchanging birthday presents.
On the outside it reads, “Here it is! Just another card for your birthday!” Inside, a masked bandit on a motorcycle rides beneath the words “The Phantom Cheapo strikes again!”
Dan thought it would be funny to send the same card back, one-upping his brother’s cheapo move. And a tradition was born.
Thus, a card survives that was printed the year the Watergate scandal unfolded, Elvis played his famous live concert in Hawaii and the World Trade Center opened.
It’s never been lost in the mail, and the Phantom Cheapo – true to its name – was even delivered last year when it didn’t have enough postage.
What do you get an 84-year-old lady for her birthday? That’s what Carol Brown was thinking a few weeks ago. Her mother, June Pearce, was turning 84. The idea of buying and giving more stuff just didn’t appeal to Brown.
“When you’re 84, what is there?” she thought.
Pearce lives in a slow-paced retirement area near Lake Okeechobee in rural Florida. She’s been married to the same man, Fred, for 64 years. Pearce is a wife and a mother. She’s had a few strokes, which have robbed her mind of short-term memories. Lung cancer has claimed much of her strength.
But one memory has stuck with her: riding on the back of a boy’s motorcycle in the 1930s.
“I wasn’t scared at all,” Pearce remembers.
It was exciting, possibly one of the most thrilling moments of her life. Pearce remembered sliding off the bike and the pain of scraping her leg, but loving it just the same. She told this story so many times that Brown can recite it by heart.
“It was during the depression,” Brown said. “Not a lot of excitement happened then.”
Brown thought of that story as she racked her brain, wondering what to do about the birthday. Then she had an idea.
“Come Give Granny A Ride On Your Hog,” she typed into an ad on Craigslist.
In the Internet posting, Brown asked if anyone would be willing to ride out and give Pearce a ride for her 84th birthday. She got one response, from a man named Ron Borowski. He said he’d ride his Harley-Davidson Low Rider — electric blue, with dark blue flames and a chrome kickstand shaped like a skeleton’s foot — from his house in Palm Beach County to June and Fred Pearce’s home, some 65 miles away.
“My mom passed away from cancer, so the ad touched me,” said Borowski, 45. “I just figured it would be an adventure.”
Read more and see more pictures from the wild ride: Woman, 84, gets the ride of her life for birthday
Grace Foster is now known as “Amazing Grace”. The 91-year-old New Jersey resident has set a new world record in the 60 meter sprint, shattering the previous record for her age bracket.
Her son Greg was waiting for her at the finish line.
“When she across the line and gave me a hug, I was happy,” he said. “And then the record on top of that was just a bonus.”
Grace exercises daily, but didn’t take up track until last month.
“I’ve seen a lot of people much younger than I am act much older, so maybe I’ll be a help to some people. Keep moving,” she said.
Now with Video: 91-year-old New Jersey sprinter sets track record
Program Teams Young, Old To Get Through Winter
Milford residents worried about shoveling themselves out after a storm need not worry, thanks to the Rent-A-Kid program.
Resident Teresa Ruffo, 75, said she doesn’t worry about who’s going to shovel anymore. She said that when wintry weatehr takes its toll, 12-year-old David Foster is there to handle the job.
“Every time it snows, I call Teresa,” Foster said. “I look forward to it because I feel it’s helping her and it’s making it easier to be here. It snows a lot here, so I can’t imagine her doing this herself.”
The end result is some cash in kids’ pockets and a happy neighbor like Ruffo.
“I’m very happy with David, and I’m very happy with the program,” Ruffo said. “I think it’s a wonderful program because we will use him also in the summer if he’s available.”
Read more and watch this story: Unable To Shovel? Just Rent-A-Kid
Photo: Flickr user wenjomatic