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Here’s a great story from a friend of mine, Holly Bounds. Great story and a great idea!
It’s not all doom and gloom out there these days. But if you’ve gotta see it to believe it, we’ve got a great example.
While it’s hard to believe when you see the faces in the 4th grade class at Cross Schools, the angel of this story is no where in the picture. And that’s by choice.
“I usually get a lot of ideas that come across my desk and this person just followed through with it and said, “We really want to do this,” Headmistress Shawn Young said.
Angel Anonymous delivered $4,000 worth of 20’s to the students of Cross Schools and set some guidelines. Each student was to get a bill and donate it to a person or charity in need, with no name attached, just as they had received it.
“There’s a lot of people in need, and we’re in a recession right now and they’re really not doing too well- and it would make them feel happy,” nine-year-old Jackson Moore said.
The whole idea: teaching kids invaluable lessons about the gift of giving.
“Well, it felt good because I’ve always wanted to do something for other people,” Savannah Young said.
“I was thinking, I’m about to make a difference in someone’s life and I’m about to make someone happy and I’m also going to make me happy by having this warm feeling inside when I give it,” Rebecca Donaldson said.
“You know that someone will receive your gift and either find shelter and food and know that God is helping them,” Stephanie Royer said.
Angel Anonymous, we think it’s safe to say, “Mission Accomplished!”
But deep down, some of these kids are itching to talk to you.
“I would thank them so much and try to think of some way to repay them and think of something to give them,” nine-year-old Derrick Dees said.
But we know, this is the only reward you wanted.
“Money is not everything. But what comes from your heart is best,” Dees added.
And by the way, Angel Anonymous, thanks for reminding the rest of us, too.
The school stamped each dollar bill with a website address that will lead anyone who gets the bill to the story of Angel Anonymous. The hope is that the message about the gift of giving will continue to spread.
Read more and watch this great story: Anonymous Angel Teaches Cross Schools Gift of Giving
Great story about a great lady!
The assembly line is up and running at Anna Schwass’ Amherst home where she and her friends are busy making more than 1200 Easter baskets for U.S. troops serving overseas.
“They sacrifice a lot and their families sacrifice a lot, and they don’t have the money to send stuff to them, shipments like that. They probably barely have enough to send stuff to the one person that’s out there,” said Schwass, whose brother is an Air Force pilot.
Friends and relatives come to her house at least once a week to help pack everything up.
“Whether people agree or disagree with the war. That’s fine. But we need to support our people over there. These guys and girls give their all, give their best, and they give their lives, so whatever we can do to make their lives a little easier for them we’ll do,” said Elizabeth Reitter.
Schwass makes and sends the baskets using her own money. Shipping costs around $1200. At Christmas time, Schwass sends trees complete with decorations.
Read more, watch this story and find out how you can help Anna: Amherst Woman Makes Hundreds of Easter Baskets for Troops
An artist tried to lift the February gloom by releasing more than 2,000 pink smiley faces into the air over London.
The Happy Cloud installation filled the air outside the Tate Modern gallery with the faces, made from helium, soap and vegetable dye.
The artist, 28-year-old Stuart Semple, said he wanted to create something that would cheer people up.
“I’ve had enough of the doom and gloom in the air and I wanted to show something completely positive floating up in the sky,” he said.
“This was the most straightforward way I could think of to literally contribute something happy to the atmosphere.”
“I am hoping it might put a smile on a few people’s faces as they go through their day.”