Construction Workers Cool Way To Ease Pain Of The Children At The Hospital.
Expressions of selfless acts of kindness truly make the world go round. They warm our hearts and help us keep our faith in humanity. They signal to us that there can be pure good in anyone. Listed here are 9 instances of good Samaritans doing for others without expecting anything in return, only the gratification they feel by giving.
1. Construction workers are mostly thought of as the rugged, macho type. But even those hard-working, macho men can have a soft spot. Jason Haney has a big soft spot, especially for children who are suffering in a hospital.
Haney, while working a large construction site across the Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, decided to give those hospitalized children a daily treat – to find Waldo in a different site every day.
The Where’s Waldo game for the youngsters kept many of the hospital’s children guessing every day, as Haney and his daughter moved an 8-foot cutout of Waldo to different spots on the construction site. The game helped to ease the pain for many.
2. Being homeless can be a terrible struggle. And not being able to read can make it even worse. But the kind greeting from Amy Jo to Greg Smith of Orlando, Florida, made him stop and talk to the woman.
She never asked for money, though it was apparent she was down on her luck. She would only greet Smith every day with: “Good morning sir, have a great day. God bless!”
It put a smile on his face and gave him a great start to his work day, he said. Then one day he asked if he could take her to lunch. She agreed, and he soon found out she could not read nor comprehend sentences. Smith told her he would love to teach her, and they’ve been meeting every Tuesday since, for lunch and a lesson.
3. When a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, Dr. Megan Coffee, an infectious disease specialist, made her way there to help huge population fight Tuberculosis, which runs rampant there if there is no medical attention.
Coffee is a Harvard grad and Oxford-educated epidemiologist. She gave up a research position at Berkeley and receives no salary for what she does. But the need there is great, as she attempts to raise funds to help with her treatment of the Haitians. Coffee remains there, even after all these years later.
4. She watched in horror the execution of 72 of her Hutu neighbors. But Marguerite Barankitse’s resilience pushed her into a plight that would rescue some 30,000 children against persecution.
The extreme ugliness of the 12-year Burundi civil war sparked the now 59-year-old woman to start a mission at the Catholic Diocese where she worked. With it, she would care for children and refugees.
Her tremendous care of others was acknowledged greatly when she received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity in April of 2016 for her extraordinary efforts in caring for orphans and refugees.
Movie star George Clooney presented her with the award, which also carried a $1 million prize to go to the charity of her choice, which, she said, will go to educating children and helping those who suffered during the war.
5. A 14-year-old schoolboy is being hailed as a hero by stopping a man with a bomb from attacking his school. Aitzaz Hassan may have saved the lives of hundreds of school children when he was able to stop the bomber 500 yards from the school’s entrance.
In doing so, Aitzaz lost his life when the bomber blew himself up with the boy near him. Instead of sorrow, the boy’s father is proud of his actions. He said, “I am happy that my son has become a martyr by sacrificing his life for a noble cause.”
6. A decade ago, former 20th Century Fox chairman Scott Neeson had it all – a $3 million home, a million-dollar salary, a Porsche, a yacht, and a bunch of Hollywood actors as his friends. But he gave every bit of it up to pursue a worthy cause when he moved to Phnom Penh and set up the Cambodian Children’s Fund charity.
Neeson now helps more than 1,500 children receive an education and healthcare. “My days are longer, my friends smaller, my mind clearer, my clothes without designers and I smell like roadkill by the end of the day,” Neeson said. “But if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m in the place I was meant to be… doing what I was meant to do.”
7. South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak was saddened when he seen some many mothers abandoning their babies on the streets. So he decided to do something about it.
Lee designed and created the Baby Box and attached it to a wall in his church in Seoul. It is lined with a thick towel and lights to keep any discarded baby warm. A bell alerts Lee and his wife when a baby has been left inside the box. And many mothers have left their babies inside this box, with apologetic notes to their young children.
Says Lee: “They’re not the unnecessary ones in the world. God sent them to the earth to use them.”
8. Our teachers are already our heroes for doing what they do. But a few have gone far above that by protecting our children when tragedy strikes – even giving their lives in the face of danger.
Victoria Soto was one such teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. When gunman Adam Lanza began his shooting rampage at the school, Soto quickly began moving her young class to safety, only to run straight into the gunman. As she spread her arms to protect all the children following her, Lanza took her life. Soto was 27.
9. He’s an old man… a very old man. And every day he panhandles for money from strangers in Sofia, Bulgaria. But… he doesn’t keep a cent. Dobri Dobrev, who is 99 years old, begs for money every day and uses the money to help others in need.
He uses his monthly pension of about $100 to live off of and gives the donation he receives to churches and orphanages. He once gave $24,000 to the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Dobrev said, “We must love each other as God loves us.”
Do you know of any good Samaritans? Let us know in the comments.